Friday, 7 February 2014

Sunny February Morning Walk Along Brixham Marina

...and the calm before the next storm! Oh not another storm...There has been so much damage here in Torbay and further up the coast, I feel so very sorry for people whose houses are in danger too. Take a look here at the severe damage at Dawlish and the railway line which is just suspended in the air.

This is the only rail route into Devon and Cornwall. Whilst it is a very pretty route, it has failed year on year with the storms we now experience, coupled with the fact that no money is spent to improve and protect it, Devon and Cornwall are left cut off once again.

I went for a walk in beautiful sunshine this morning with the dog and Brixham looked beautiful as always.


I managed to catch this rainbow, although the rain never reached Brixham


In the shelter of the Breakwater which is over half a mile long everything looks calm, and it is often full of seabirds taking a break from the choppy waters.


Parts of the town bathing in sunshine


The fishing vessels are all in and the Fish Market is jam-packed with boats


Three Brixham registered trawlers side by side


View of Furzenham houses from a distance


Lobster pots stacked high on the quayside


More fishing boats in and safe


Brixham Marina is currently full


The sun shining on the Breakwater Lighthouse


Below are a couple of pictures of the damage to the Breakwater Beach Managers hut foundations (on the left) and behind it, the actual Breakwater missing a considerable amount of foundations in one spot. It may not look that big but I could have scrambled underneath it.


I managed to catch one image of a diver of some sort but I'm not good at identifying these yet. Is it a Black-throated diver in winter plumage? As it's a winter visitor around the coast here, I'm fairly sure it is.


Typically they must have known I had my camera with me as not one could be seen close up (other mornings when I've not had the camera, the marina has been full of birds - from guillemots to black headed gulls. So this is a heavily cropped image.

Thank you all so much for your kind birthday wishes earlier this week. I had a lovely day which started with a walk on Breakwater Beach with hubby and the dog and an even better evening seeing Del Amitri in concert at Bristol, chocolate birthday cake and another piece of camera kit...the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. 

These are the very first pictures I have taken with it, and I must say it's easy enough to use but I did not have time to read the manual to find out about the focus or anything else. There is an awful lot of information flashing up on the screen which I took no notice of this morning, and I had no idea what to do about all the green focus boxes that kept appearing and changing! Some reading required then, which should keep me occupied during the storms.

I hope everyone is safe after the recent storms and will be protected during the next round coming in tonight.
Have a safe and happy weekend whatever you are doing.
SeagullSuzie



30 comments:

  1. I do love your pictures of Brixham. That hole in the breakwater looks alarming, and the sea bird is a beauty (no help with an id from me I'm afraid, but it sounds like you've already got a good idea about what it is). Keep safe over the weekend. CT x

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    1. Thanks CT, at least we weren't flooded like your friends. That hole in the breakwater is at the beginning and I dont know if there is more damage further along. One thing's for sure Brixham cannot do without it.,

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  2. I'm glad you had such a lovely day for your birthday. I love all the photos of Brixham in the sunshine - the rainbow over the water is beautiful.
    How fantastic that you saw the diver. I know we have divers on the Essex coast but I've only ever seen them in Scotland in summer (and years ago) so I'm not very good at identifying them.
    The storm damage does sound terrible in your part of the world. Obviously warnings about the train line at Dawlish were just ignored (or put to one side).

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I was very pleased to get that rainbow over the boats. I was really hoping for more birds but they were not about that morning. I can't believe the damage at Dawlish it's 80 meters long...now that's just plain neglect!

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  3. It all looks so serene under the blue sky, your pictures are really good already!
    I'm dreading the next storm, it sounds like it's a bad one, with the worst of it at night. Batten down the hatches and take care.

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    1. It's a lot calmer at the moment and has been all day, but another storm is due in and yet more rain. We got a couple of walks on the beach at Broadsands yesterday and it seems to have missed any damage-just a lot of marine litter about.

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  4. Wonderful rainbow! Just stick the camera on auto for the moment and hope for the best until you get round to reading the manual. I still haven't read mine and I've had it for a year and a half. x

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    1. Will do! No sign of any time coming my way for a rest and a sit down with the manual. I'd just love to get some bird photos. I emptied all the soggy bird seed out and filled them with some nice clean dry feeds but hardly a bird in sight!

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  5. Looks like a lovely walk! Making the most of the sunshine is wise - I cannot believe all these storms, the damage has been horrendous! Hopefully not much longer, and people can get on the road to recovery.

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    1. Thanks Tom, it's always nice to get a walk along the marina in the sunshine. I was amazed but very happy at how many fishing boats were in, the whole area is packed out. We also get a lot of passing shipping sheltering in the bay. I counted 10 large ships yesterday, but you can only properly see them all from high up and getting such a panoramic image isn't easy.
      Yes will be glad when these storms are over-we normally have them in November here so are used to the odd one passing by but this weather is incredible and so destructive.

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  6. You and your new camera are taking wonderful photos! The light and the stormy skies over Brixham are stunning and I do like the rainbow.

    I hope tonight`s coming storm doesn`t cause any damage in your lovely town.

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    1. Many thanks, I can't wait to see what it is capable of, but I do love my Nikon still! We were ok with the storm this weekend it was nothing compared to the recent ones, so it seems we are all still standing!

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  7. I heard about the storms in the southwest Suzie, and am very sorry for all the damage caused. I used to catch that train all the time. Dawlish was a place my family and I visited for years, and loved the black swans they had there at one time. Not sure if they are still there. I hope you all stay safe as it sounds like it hasn't finished yet.

    These photos are lovely, takes a while to get used to a new camera but you are doing a beautiful job.

    Thanks for commenting on my cool dog post. You're quite right of course, I wouldn't do that to my dog either. Apparently he is part of the fixtures and fittings in Key West and looks well taken care of. His owner looks homeless and plays a flute for money. The dog brings people in as you might imagine. He's very gentle and lets you fuss him as you put money in the man's hat.

    Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.

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    1. Many thanks Denise, I'm afraid Dawlish really suffered this time. They still have the black swans, but there was talk of pollution in the water where they live and the costs to clean it a while ago-one resident complained and the next they were talking about removing them.....anyway they are still there and a real tourist attraction.
      Tues, Wed and Thurs this week are set for more terrible rain and wind, so it's not over for the poor people whose properties are in danger or exposed already.

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  8. Reading or not, your photos have turned out beautifully. I hope that you stay safe in the storms and that no more damage is caused. So lovely to see a rainbow though! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, we do see a lot of rainbows here and I was delighted to get it over the boats. We have more storms coming our way but I think we will be ok up high here, just the wind coming off the English Channel south westerly, hits us full on.

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  9. Love the pictures.
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie-one day the weather might improve and I'll see a few garden birds and finally catch them on camera!

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  10. So glad you had such a lovely birthday - the photos with your new camera are just great. I love the rainbow one :)

    I'm sorry not 100% sure about the diver - I've only seen a couple of species so not brilliant on id.

    Take care with the stormy weather and hope you don't get any damage in Brixham this weekend.

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    1. Well I don't feel 50! Some people seem to dread the thought of it, but it didn't upset me and I still think I'm younger in my head. I'm fairly sure about the diver, have seen guillemots up close in the marina but never had my camera, and we have lots of lovely black headed gulls-they are pretty little things. When the wind stops I may be able to hold the camera still enough to get some good pics.

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  11. Another great blog posting of wonderful photo's Suzie!
    The South Devon coastal rail track was entirely designed by Isambard Brunel, from the shape of the seawalls, tunnels, track and rolling stock. It was both an engineering feat and a gross error on his part in not accepting local advice... the atmospheric railway came to grief because the rats ate through the leather bags that provided the vacuum needed. For more information visit http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_events/atmospheric_railway.php

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    1. Thank you for that link, what a lot of information. I always thought Brunel wanted to build the rail line elsewhere but had to build along the coast. It is very picturesque though and the tourists of that time must have loved it.
      I have never seen so many fishing boats all safe and secure around Brixham, no-one was safe to go out. Some of the Harbour Masters guys along the Dart River were called back after trying to save boats in force 11 conditions. Totnes was seriously flooded as the river completely burst it's banks.

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  12. What lovely photos (and the SUNSHINE!!!) The rainbow one is fab. It's good to see some fishing boats still operating out of Brixham. As it should be.

    More storm damage again tonight. Keep safe down there in Devon. The papers will be full of it again tomorrow, but what a pity the old adage "A stitch in time saves 9" is never considered when it comes to dredging, sea wall maintenance and the essential things. Then it costs x 100 as much to put right afterwards.

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    1. Thank you, it was so lovely to get out in some sunshine.
      Brixham is the biggest grossing fishing harbour in England, worth about £27million and it keeps the town alive. The new fish market is a lovely building too.
      You are right-we are in a fine mess now, they thought they were saving money but I don't think it's something we can afford to neglect when we are such a small island.

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  13. Glad you had a wonderful birthday! Brixham looks wonderful in the sunshine and it was good to see the fishing boats safe in the harbour.The damage to the breakwater looks bad too- it's frightening the destruction that has been caused all along the coast and especially to the railway line. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I saw your post about the storm damage out along Chesil Beach way. It is just madness to let our rail line get into such difficulties when it's the only way in and out!
      I hope they can get everything repaired in time for the summer season. Oddicombe Beach at Torquay has been almost destroyed and I imagine it's not the only place. Seems to me that the news reports are keeping fairly quiet about it all.

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  14. It's a Great Northern Diver Suzie. Hope the link helps. Note how far the black comes down below the eye and the steepness of the forehead

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/g/greatnortherndiver/index.aspx

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    1. Thank you Simon, oh they are difficult to id when you don't know them too well-something I'm hoping to rectify this spring. I look at all the sea birds and try to fix certain things about them to get an id but often fail. I also ask some of the birders what they have seen or are looking at. I remember the first time I saw a Fulmar and actually identified it, now I can spot them so easily. Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. LOVE the first photo! Beautiful rainbow image! How wonderful to see a diver so close to where you live :)

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    1. Thanks Lou, it was a lovely morning walk and so lovely and quiet. The bay is full of divers and other sea birds at the moment. The weather seems to be delaying our herring gulls meeting up, as I checked my diary and they were getting together in Jan 2013.
      Sadly we are getting quite a lot of oiled birds washing up on our beaches at the moment. I was told our Berry Head Ranger Noel has a gash on his head where one of the rescue birds caught him with their beaks...ouch!

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