On the 5th and 6th of May I walked up Hambledon Hill both days, the weather was just lovely first thing in the morning and I was looking for Hares. As always I never seem to find what I was looking for but there is always something else to catch my interest. As I walked up towards the hill I spotted a young Roe deer Buck in the field, he couldn’t see me as the pathway is filled in with trees and bushes so I could get fairly close to him.

Young Roe Buck
Young Roe Buck
Young Roe Buck
Young Roe Buck

The views over the Blackmore Vale towards Spread Eagle Hill were beautiful and clear as I walked up the hill and the Cowslips were in flower, just, although beginning to fade.

Across to Spread Eagle Hill
Across to Spread Eagle Hill

I spotted my first Twayblade Orchid of the year and there were plenty more coming on, not the most attractive Orchid but still lovely. I notice the Spotted Orchid leaves starting to appear. I shall be looking out for them soon.

Twayblade Orchid
Twayblade Orchid

On one of the mornings there was a slight mist around in the valley, I took the image below straight towards the sun which gave a lovely colour to the image and showed all the layers in the landscape. On another morning I wouldn’t look twice at the view but it was special at that time.

Shroton Lines
Shroton Lines

As I climbed up I heard before I saw a flock of Canada geese, who came into view flying underneath the hill, it was great to get a different view of them from above.

Canada geese
Canada geese

The Skylarks were pretty active and on the ground, a pair were rummaging round the grass and still singing away as they went. I spent a while just watching them I think they were pairing up.

Skylark
Skylark
Skylark
Skylark
Skylark
Skylark

Of course there are cows all over the hill but they don’t seem to take a lot of notice of the humans. The pair of calves were just above me I couldn’t resist taking a picture of them, the contrast of black and white and they did look cute!

Calves
Calves

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