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Ellie
2nd January 2009, 10:32 PM
Anybody feel like getting together down here some time this month for a photographic stroll?

I haven't had any thoughts of a venue, perhaps somebody could suggest somewhere, there were some good ideas put forward earlier.

alert_bri
3rd January 2009, 11:37 AM
Hi Ellie,

there are already a couple of events planned (one for tomorrow, one for the end of Jan)... and more to be announced in the next week or two.

Olympus Photo Safari Group upcoming events map. (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=106478543555192071681.000451a5a3d65746758d7&ll=52.051646,0.262299&spn=0.733035,2.114868&z=10)

We should have an E-30 or two for people to try at our events from mid January onwards.

Kind Regards

Brian

Ellie
6th January 2009, 12:59 AM
Thanks for the ideas Brian. *chr

I was really hoping for somewhere a bit closer to home though, within an hour's drive if possible. :o

Would anybody like to go to the Lower Test Nature Reserve here (http://www.hos.org.uk/sitesdirectory/site05.html)and here (http://www.hwt.org.uk/pages/lower-test.html) and combine it with visiting Testwood Lakes here (http://www.southernwater.co.uk/homeAndLeisure/daysOut/testwood/default.asp)and here (http://www.hwt.org.uk/pages/testwood-lakes-features.html)?

The two places are right next to each other, just to the west of Southampton, close to the M27 and the end of the M271.
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.93011&lon=-1.488193&z=14.7&r=0&src=msl

I might, but can't promise, manage to arrange being able to use the visitor centre at Testwood Lakes as a place to eat sandwiches and thaw out a bit - if it's open at the weekends. The hides there are also enclosed, one of them has wonderful one-way glass so people can see out and also move around without disturbing the birds.

Another place is at the back of New Park, north of Brockenhurst, where it's usually possible to see Fallow Deer. I'm not sure if it would be as easy to make it into a full day out though, especially at this time of year.
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.830829&lon=-1.597092&z=16.1&r=0&src=msl

mlc
7th January 2009, 09:31 PM
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Another place is at the back of New Park, north of Brockenhurst, where it's usually possible to see Fallow Deer. I'm not sure if it would be as easy to make it into a full day out though, especially at this time of year.
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.830829&lon=-1.597092&z=16.1&r=0&src=msl


Ellie,

I think that's where I took the attached shot.

They feed the Deer at about 2.00 most days, and they come to an area which is very convenient to shoot from, not far from the car park.

Mark

PeterD
8th January 2009, 10:36 PM
Ellie,
Langstone Harbour is always worth a visit. At high tide, about 90% of the mud flats and shoreline is under water. The waders seek refuge within the nature reserve and large flocks gather. At low tide, the mud flats have many birds seeking worms eals etc both on the flats and also in the deep mud valleys where fresh water flows into the harbour. The whole of the harbour shoreline can be walked out to Hayling Island.
Peter

Ellie
15th January 2009, 10:52 PM
Wow, that's a nice deer picture.

I think it might have been at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. I don't think they feed them at New Park, but I'd happily be wrong. :)

It says something about them being fed in here
http://www.the-new-forest-national-park.co.uk/deer-sanctuary.html

I wouldn't mind going to Langstone Harbour either, but I've never been there. Do you fancy arranging something Peter? Next month?

I'd like to go somewhere either 24th or 31st January. Would happily meet at either the Deer Sanctuary, where there's a car park, picnic benches at toilets, or at Testwood/Lower Test where there's the visitor centre and so on.

Anybody up for it?

mlc
15th January 2009, 11:04 PM
Ellie,

I think you're right, it was Bolderwood, but another to add the list, which I see you've done.

I won't be able to make those dates unfortunately, going away.

regards,

Mark

Julia
19th January 2009, 12:02 PM
Sounds like a lovely day out unfortunately we are busy on 24th and 31st January. Could we move the date to Feb or March?

Julia

tlove
20th January 2009, 07:28 AM
I can't say with 100% certainty, but I may be available one day this weekend for a 'little bit of a wander'.

Testwood lakes/lower Test look good - it's certainly on my doorstep although I've never been there; however I pass the Lower Test on my way to work each morning, and at the moment there's loads of geese (possibly cormorants), and something/s that looked suspiciously like Egrets in the area at the moment (it's difficult to keep your eyes on the road :D).

Anybody else up for it?

Ellie
20th January 2009, 11:06 PM
I'm sorry, I've been a bit distracted - "stuff" that needs doing. :o

Julia - no problem at all doing something next month but I think somebody else would have to arrange it because I'm not likely to be available weekends mid-Feb through to the mid-March.

I phoned Testwood Lakes this afternoon, about something different, and asked whether the Visitor Centre was open weekends. It isn't open Saturdays but is manned by volunteers on Sundays - so it looks as if that's the best day.

The "Lakes" are open to pedestrians 24 hours a day, but the car park closes around dusk. There is parking up by the old bridge over the Test, and within the Lower Test Reserve too. I honestly don't know which is best because I've only been to Testwood Lakes, and that turned into something of a drama.

I can't say with 100% certainty, but I may be available one day this weekend for a 'little bit of a wander'.

Testwood lakes/lower Test look good - it's certainly on my doorstep although I've never been there; however I pass the Lower Test on my way to work each morning, and at the moment there's loads of geese (possibly cormorants), and something/s that looked suspiciously like Egrets in the area at the moment (it's difficult to keep your eyes on the road :D).

Anybody else up for it?

Hope so - Sunday?

tlove
21st January 2009, 07:27 AM
Sunday might be good Ellie - might even be able to persuade my two to come as well.

Ellie
22nd January 2009, 03:05 PM
This Sunday 25th?

You know the area better than I do Thea, where would be the best place to park?

What time? 10:30/11:00?

tlove
22nd January 2009, 05:42 PM
This Sunday 25th?

You know the area better than I do Thea, where would be the best place to park?

What time? 10:30/11:00?

I'll have a look at maps etc. to see what there is in the way of parking, but I have just heard on the radio the forecast for Sunday - wet and windy (at least I think they were talking about the weather :D:D:o!)

When I've had a look, I'll send you a pm.

Barr1e
22nd January 2009, 06:29 PM
I'll have a look at maps etc. to see what there is in the way of parking, but I have just heard on the radio the forecast for Sunday - wet and windy (at least I think they were talking about the weather :D:D:o!)

When I've had a look, I'll send you a pm.

Anne and I could possibly be interested.

Regards.

Barr1e

tlove
23rd January 2009, 07:34 AM
I've had a look around the web, and at the moment, Testwood Lakes looks like the best bet for a local visit at such short notice (I don't get time to do a lot of research :():

http://www.hwt.org.uk/reserve_detail.php/47/testwood-lakes

The Lower Test Nature Reserve is connected to it, but certainly at this time of year (and with this weather) I would hesitate to navigate it (you can have a look by typing in 'Lower Test' on the website above) as I'm not familiar with tide times etc.

If anyone is up for it, we could meet at 11.00. Unfortunately the weather is going to be pretty dire on Sunday, but good tomorrow (Saturday) - would anyone be up for that?

Barr1e - would be great to see you and Anne if you could make it, but as I've never visited this site, I can't guarantee what might be seen!
*chr

Barr1e
23rd January 2009, 09:16 AM
I've had a look around the web, and at the moment, Testwood Lakes looks like the best bet for a local visit at such short notice (I don't get time to do a lot of research :():

http://www.hwt.org.uk/reserve_detail.php/47/testwood-lakes

The Lower Test Nature Reserve is connected to it, but certainly at this time of year (and with this weather) I would hesitate to navigate it (you can have a look by typing in 'Lower Test' on the website above) as I'm not familiar with tide times etc.

If anyone is up for it, we could meet at 11.00. Unfortunately the weather is going to be pretty dire on Sunday, but good tomorrow (Saturday) - would anyone be up for that?

Barr1e - would be great to see you and Anne if you could make it, but as I've never visited this site, I can't guarantee what might be seen!
*chr


Hi Thea -

As I type this the rain is coming down in torrents (well it's pretty heavy) so I guess I'll make up Anne's mind to my way of thinking, we will leave it this time and will catch up with you all at your next meet.
We would have travelled down the previous day to take in the city.

Thanks.

Regards. Barr1e

tlove
23rd January 2009, 05:26 PM
Hi Barr1e

That's a real shame, but I understand exactly where you're coming from!

Looks like it's just you and me Ellie - Still want to go with Sunday, or can you do tomorrow (the weather may be better).

Do you want to do Testwood Lakes, or somewhere else? Either way, you'll need your wellies :D:D!

Ellie
23rd January 2009, 10:28 PM
Hi Barr1e

That's a real shame, but I understand exactly where you're coming from!
It is a shame, but hopefully we'll be able to arrange other meetings when the weather perks up and the days get a bit longer.

Looks like it's just you and me Ellie - Still want to go with Sunday, or can you do tomorrow (the weather may be better).

Do you want to do Testwood Lakes, or somewhere else? Either way, you'll need your wellies :D:D!
That would be fine. The main car park at about 11:00?

My mobile is 07941 906187 could you let me have yours. Sorry, but I don't do text :o

Ellie
26th January 2009, 12:50 AM
Feedback is that it's a nice place to walk, some areas of the path to the east of the lakes under quite a lot of water. Wellies might have been a good idea :rolleyes:

Not much wildfowl, which was a bit odd.

In the summer it would be a good place to see sand martins, they've built a "wall" for them with a two storey hide not too far away.

The weather today (Sunday) has been poor, some rain here, but generally very dull and overcast.

Ellie
27th January 2009, 11:38 PM
Deer Sanctuary this Saturday afternoon, if anybody's interested. Arrive about 13:00

PM or telephone if you're interested.

Weather forecast is cloudy but no rain.

http://www.the-new-forest-national-park.co.uk/deer-sanctuary.html

The car park is here
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.876579&lon=-1.657126&z=16.6&r=0&src=msl

There are other things to see in that area, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying to make it into a day out, not at this time of year.

There's the Canadian War Memorial at Canada, and the Portuguese Fire Place - both mentioned on this site, with map references
http://www.strollingguides.co.uk/books/newforest/general/memorials.php

Ian
29th January 2009, 10:29 AM
Deer Sanctuary this Saturday afternoon, if anybody's interested. Arrive about 13:00

PM or telephone if you're interested.

Weather forecast is cloudy but no rain.

http://www.the-new-forest-national-park.co.uk/deer-sanctuary.html

The car park is here
http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.876579&lon=-1.657126&z=16.6&r=0&src=msl

There are other things to see in that area, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying to make it into a day out, not at this time of year.

There's the Canadian War Memorial at Canada, and the Portuguese Fire Place - both mentioned on this site, with map references
http://www.strollingguides.co.uk/books/newforest/general/memorials.php

Sounds great - alas I have a family commitment in Gloucester, so won't be able to make it, but have a great time and looking forward to the pix!

Ian

Ellie
29th January 2009, 01:09 PM
Sounds great - alas I have a family commitment in Gloucester, so won't be able to make it, but have a great time and looking forward to the pix!

Ian
Thanks Iain, there are other places worthy of a day's visit. Will try to organise something later in the year

Will report back, hopefully with a picture or two. If nothing else we'll find out how long the deer stay around while they're being fed.

tlove
29th January 2009, 05:38 PM
Hi Ellie

I'm not going to be able to make this one - still, Testwood Lakes was a bit of a laugh though (my boots were soaked, but thankfully not totally ruined - unlike most of my photos!). Hope you enjoyed using the E-1 :)

Sorry :(

Ellie
29th January 2009, 11:40 PM
No worries.

Glad your shoes dried out, I did worry about them. I certainly did enjoy using the E-1, but I haven't even looked at the pictures properly yet :o It's a lovely camera, much easier in the hand than I'd expected it to be.