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Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

Ellie mentioned she would like to walk around the area that was the subject of my thread here and she thought that some local members would like to join us.

This week, the forecasters are saying Thursday would be a good day for photography. Could anyone that is interested, please reply to this thread.

Could you also respond if you would like to join me but cannot make this Thursday. I aim to to this about once a week so there will always be an opportunity. I (or others with me) will post something on here after each visit.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

Brilliant! I can't imagine I'd be able to make it every week though.

What time?

Lateish morning / early afternoon is best for me and means I can avoid traffic problems.
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Please count me in, Peter.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

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Brilliant! I can't imagine I'd be able to make it every week though.

What time?

Lateish morning / early afternoon is best for me and means I can avoid traffic problems.
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Please count me in, Peter.
Thank you both for your replies
The latest forecast is sunny from midday through to 3pm. Tide times are also ideal with high tide at 1245hrs.
These are very promising conditions and we should see a lot of sea birds roosting at high tide

You both obviously have to travel some distance to get here and want to avoid the usual heavy traffic. We could meet at the Churchillian on Portsdown hill again if that is OK with you. Lets say at 11.30. We can do the tour in my car then to save parking problems.

Look forward to seeing you both again.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

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Thursday is my CAB day so sadly won't be able to join you. Hope you have a good day and look forward to some pics.
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Thursday is my CAB day so sadly won't be able to join you. Hope you have a good day and look forward to some pics.
Hi David,

Thank you for your reply,

I am going to make this a regular walk to keep friends on the Hayling Island Community Forum informed. I shall publish here my next trip and if it is convenient for you it would be great to have you along.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

Thank you Peter, what a fantastic area for a day out, there's so much to see.

A view of Portsmouth


Rabbits!


Hayling Billy's old bridge


Egret


A not brilliant picture of the kestrel we watched for ages. Did your shots of it+prey turn out?


And proof that the E-30 can work at 1/80th and ISO3200!
Taken with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

We all met up at the Churchillian pub on top of Portsdown Hill. To illustrate where we went I shall have to use some archive images but I shall tell you which they are.

I do not have an image of the pub but it is about 300ft above sea level with splendid views of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport and the Isle of Wight.


(Archive image of Portsmouth Harbour from Portsdown Hill.)

To make things easier, Ellie and David left their cars in the car park and we travelled in mine.

Our first port of call was the Ship Inn at the mainland side of the Hayling road bridge.


(Archive image of the Ship Inn from Hayling Island)
This building (dating back to the 18th century) used to be a grain store and, where the cars are parked was the shipping wharf.

I brought them here to view the Langstone villiage waterfront.

(archive image of Langstone waterfront from the Ship Inn)
This area was a smugglers haunt. The mill to the right is tidal and also had a windmill. All the mill structures now serve as private dwellings.

We then took the short drive over the bridge to a carpark just on the Hayling side.
This was the start of the Hayling Billy trail which runs along the coast to the South of Hayling Island. It used to be the second link on the island until Beeching had his way and the railway link was closed (1960's).
From here, we walked to the end of the now demolished bridge - see Ellie's great image in this thread.

When this was a more significant navigation route, the channel between the island and the mainland had wooden posts to aid sailors. Only one post remains, just



Sorry, had to break off. I shall continue this in about 2 hours.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc. - Continued

Sorry about that, had an emergency to deal with.

Following the railway track bed south, a salt marsh was off to our left. This is one of my favourite spots as it is visited by a great variety of birds. It was here Ellie took her image of the egret.
Also resident today was a Redshank that decided it wanted to keep eating instead of roosting while the tide was in.





A female Kestrel was hunting in this area. See Ellie's image. We watched it for some time and saw it take prey twice. I was able to predict when this bird would strike on both occasions. The bird turns to get head wind and hovers, looking for prey. When she spots it, she will become almost stationary and drop about 50% of the height, still watching to confirm in the hover again. When sure, she drops like a stone, kills her prey, then flies off to consume it. I had a split second to get the image below as the Kestrel flew out from the vegetation.



We also saw a pair of rabbits sunning in the grass.


We were also aware that Buzzards were in the area, we saw some land in a tree. These would be fair game for the Buzzards.

We turned off the Hayling Billy trail and arrived at the Oysterbeds. Gulls and a lone Little Grebe were present today at the lagoon. we then followed the coast, alongside the old oysterbed sites heading north once more.

At this time, the tide had turned and once submerged land/mud was again exposed. A Curlew was spending quite a lot of time searching for food amongst the rocks.


Here in the company of a Redshank and Oystercatcher.





Towards the end of the Oysterbeds we came across a number of birds that were preparing to move into the harbour when the tide had dropped sufficiently.


Black-tailed Godwit roosting and a Lapwing.


Grey Plover (large bird in centre) and Dunlin.




Brent geese






Lapwing

Hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed taking them
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What super images you two. I am extremely cross that I missed the meet
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What super images you two. I am extremely cross that I missed the meet
Thank you David
I shall be doing this trip regularly and I an keeping my eye on the weather forecast. Hopefully the next trip will not be on a day you cannot join me.

There is lots to do and see around here and perhaps some of you might wish to visit Langstone villiage (not forgetting the two public houses).
If anyone is interested in such a visit, please let me know. I can make that a special visit if people are interested.
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What super images you two. I am extremely cross that I missed the meet
Just checked on the weather forecast for next week. Tuesday looks promising. I shall be going on the walk anyway to meet my promise to the Hayling Island forum. If you feel you can join me please let me know.
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

Fantastic pictures Peter, and a brilliant description too

Yes, it'll be good to have a stroll around the village, it looked lovely.

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We discussed arranging walks a bit more often and announcing them on here so that anybody who's free can come along.

We'll be wandering around Keyhaven some time soon, because Peter doesn't know this side of The Solent very well. Probably two walks - one to cover the sea wall / Salterns / inland path and another in the other direction and perhaps a ferry out to Hurst Spit and the Castle.

It'd be good to investigate places in Hythe/Waterside area too, more especially with somebody who knows the area. (Hint!)

We also thought about a more organised thing to see snowdrops at Kingston Lacy.
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Just checked on the weather forecast for next week. Tuesday looks promising. I shall be going on the walk anyway to meet my promise to the Hayling Island forum. If you feel you can join me please let me know.
Tuesday is a possibility for me but I have to drop some sails off in Bosham so wouldn't make Hayling until 1100ish
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Re: Langstone Harbour, The Oysterbeds etc.

Some really great shots thanks for letting me in on your walk (from a distance).
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