A fond farewell

It’s been a little over two months now since myself and my husband moved into our very own home! Since then life has been a whirlwind of unpacking and organising and only now have I had the chance to sit down write this blog, a fond farewell to the place we called home for over 7 years.

A painting of our old home given as a parting gift and a collection of beach trinkets collected over the years.

Of course I will miss the beach, and even the little flat we had long outgrown but mostly I will my little patch of nature, the harbour just a stone’s throw from our own back yard.

‘The gap’

This particular stretch of the estuary and it’s tidal inlet, known locally as ‘the gap’, has long been my place of sanctuary and inspiration. Through countless hours spent sitting by it’s shore it has gifted me with some of my most memorable wildlife encounters and an almost endless supply of avian and insect subjects to photograph.

I am very sad to be leaving this place and it’s residents behind, some I have only shared a fleeting few moments with, others which I have gotten to know as individuals and shared many of their most precious and challenging life events with.

The female mallard duck who features in so many photos and blog posts over the years
A pair of rather beautiful pigeons from the harbour flock


Urban gull portrait
Female house sparrow getting up close!
Another pigeon ‘big red’
Starling taking a dip
Handsome mallard drake
Male house sparrow perching on a boat
‘White spot’ the leucism jackdaw with white pigments in it’s feathers
Male house sparrow

The harbour has also been one of Kaiya’s favourite walking spots, ours less so as it would inevitably result in a very muddy, smelly dog!

Wet dog!

Where there are new beginnings there are always new opportunities and I look forward to the discoveries which await in our new surroundings.

Whilst the inhabitants may be different here, we are certainly not lacking in nature. Kites and buzzards fly over overhead daily and the air is filled with an almost deafening chorus of birdsong and even the occasional drumming woodpecker from the nearby woodlands and trails.

As this chapter closes here is a look back on some of my most memorable encounters from ‘the gap’.

Photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography ©

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    If you don’t mind me asking.. those links to your other posts, are they done using ‘Press This’ or with a block from the block editor? I’d like to know how to get them to present in this form, thanks!


    1. Claire Stott says:

      Hi there I actually just copy and paste the page link and this is how they appear!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ms. Liz says:

        Ah! Cool, thanks for getting back 🙂


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