Thursday, 31 July 2014

Visit to Living Coasts in Torbay

Hello All
Finally back to normality after our house move. We are settled in to our rental property nicely and have already been back to work.....the time is flying by.

We had a day off after all the stress and went to Living Coasts Coastal Zoo (which is part of Paignton Zoo). It's quite small but beautifully placed looking out to sea over by the harbour in Torquay. We stopped for lunch at Below Decks Harbourside Restaurant and had a wonderful meal. I'm only mentioning it because if you ever visit Torquay it's so worth a visit for great food and location.

Here are some of the images I took, using the Nikon camera and lens this time, which I still love and think that the quality of the images are just a little better than the Panasonic Lumix.

Tufted Puffin




Inca Terns

They get their red beaks, legs and white moustaches after one or two years


Love this Inca Tern chick


The African Penguins are great fun to watch



Having a bath to cool down in the hot weather


Macaroni Penguin Chicks


What a tubby little guy (the water mist is working in this shot so you might be able to see the droplets)


What a cute and tiny little chick staying close to mum or dad


Red-legged kittiwake guarding her nest and egg


More chicks in the waders estuary, very well disguised



Plenty of beautiful birds to capture on camera.


Redshank

Going for a walk with mum


Beautiful Avocet

Oyster-catcher lurking and looking a bit scruffy

An interloper, a thrush having a sun bath and molting by looks of things


In the seal enclosure....whilst you were sleeping....



Some divers came in to clean your windows




Algae had built up on the windows quite quickly in this sunny hot weather, they have almost finished this window. The divers were very entertaining, waving, blowing bubbles and generally enjoying their job!


I will be out and about with my camera as soon as we are a little bit more familiar with the area. It's very different to Brixham, lots of woodland, country parks and surrounded by countryside, although we are so close to Newton Abbot and only about 15 minutes drive from Totnes.

Wishing you all a good week ahead
SeagullSuzie miles form the sea!

20 comments:

  1. Delighted to learn that the move is over Suzie and that you are settling into your rental property. You have taken some wonderful images of the birds which I enjoyed seeing.

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    1. Many thanks Rosemary, it was a lovely day out for both of us after the move and all the stress.

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  2. Happy to hear from you Suzie. Always a bit stressful moving. Lovely place you took us to. We missed it on our visit to Torquay but hoping to go back again next year and will definitely go here. It looks lovely! Thanks for sharing all these great photos.

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    1. It's very small and friendly and the whole thing is under a giant netting to stop the birds escaping. Great for children but I love it too!

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  3. Fantastic pics! I didn't know this place existed and will be visiting now for sure. :)

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    1. Thank you. If you do visit, I'd recommend getting there for 10am ish to start the talks with the keepers at 10.30am The penguins are first and very entertaining and it just helps you walk around. It is quite small but great for kids and we love it. There's a new seal pup too. Have a cuppa in the restaurant too it's got great views.

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  4. So pleased to hear you are settling into your rental property. Lovely photos - I really like the Redshank and Avocet pictures - beautiful :)

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    1. Many thanks, I love the estuary section, I could sit and watch the birds here all day long. One Avocet had made a big escape and was running around with the penguins...it was captured eventually and popped back in its place, but not before it gave the keepers a run around!

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  5. Ah, glad you're settled. Must be a relief! Are you missing the sea? Lovely photos Suze- they really are excellent x

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    1. Many thanks, I did enjoy using the Nikon again. Yes we are really missing the sea and Brixham and all the wildlife and feeling like I'm unsettled without a home of my own....but we are all together in a lovely spot so mustn't grumble!

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  6. Hello Suzie,

    Moving house can be such a stressful experience, what better way to relax than to visit this wonderful place. Your bird photographs are amazing in detail and composition. We can only imagine the patience required to capture these beguiling images.

    We wish you every happiness in your new home and look forward to seeing more pictures as you explore your new surroundings.

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    1. Many thanks Jane and Lance. Oh I never want to move house again! However we are settled in and going out for walks regularly, although they are nothing like our coastal path walks. I did enjoy our trip to Living Coasts and think the Nikon did a great job (it feels like a comfy pair of slippers) and I just love using it. This weekend we will be back in Brixham for the RNLI weekend events and are really looking forward to it.

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  7. I am so glad to hear that you are all moved safe and sound for now and that you are out and about again. I love the penguins, your photos are great. The little baby penguin looks as though he has just come out of the washing machine - all fluffed and a bit confused! I hope that the next stage for the move goes well. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, you are quite right it looks like a cuddly toy having been washed in a machine. I bet it wont be long before he's as tubby as the other one.

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  8. Glad you are settling in well despite being further from the sea. The area around Totnes is lovely though and gives you somewhere different to explore. Thank you for those kind words, our lives seem to be follow a similar pattern this year! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Yes Totnes is just down the road, so I'm looking forward to going there a little bit more and would really like to visit on market day...maybe tomorrow!

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  9. Brilliant pics and, having now converted to Nikon, I wouldn't use anything else. The difference in quality is amazing. So pleased you're settled now. Are you any closer to us on Dartmoor? Email me.....x

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    1. It's good to be settled and we've let one of the cats out now, so he's enjoying this lovely sunny evening next to us in the garden. The Nikon seems to capture a different light, but then it's more expensive so I guess that's why. Yes we are much closer to Dartmoor, I should be able to give you a wave from Ogwell Village Green!

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  10. Ah' Torquay holds mixed memories for me, most of them happy and good; Newton Abbot too I enjoyed my boyhood there including falling into some awful mud at Penn Inn Park and getting a thrashing for doing so in my sunday best.... great post as usual. I presume you must be near Kingskerswell ?

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    1. Yes we are close to Kingskerswell...which is having a new road built around it to connect Torquay to the Penn Inn and that roundabout is getting a flyover too. Why do things always happen in your best clothes hey? Maybe it's just that we remember them more, as they were so traumatic for our poor mothers! Oh dear.

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