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Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Finally some beautiful winter sunshine. Sure it’s cold, but dry, clear days like today are perfect. And I was lucky enough to be down at Brighton seafront at lunchtime. I wandered down to the east of Brighton Pier.

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

It was quiet there and I spotted a small group of turnstones enjoying the sun. They were very relaxed, mainly ignoring the occasional passer-by.

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Eventually they made a move and headed off to better feeding grounds along the coast. They were a delight to see, and so unexpected.

Turnstones at Brighton Beach

Turnstones in flight along the coast

The final shot today is the remains of the Brighton Wheel. The visitor capsules have been removed, and presumably the main structure will soon be coming down. A great shame. The wheel was a great populist attraction, quite unlike the corporate monolith going up further along at the West Pier site.

The Brighton Wheel after the viewing buggies had been removed.

The Brighton Wheel after the viewing buggies had been removed.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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Brighton Seafront

Brighton seafront is in a state of decay, and apparently is currently preparing a bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To be sure the Victorian arches (home to all manner of artisans) are crumbling and significant work is needed to keep the historic seafront standing.

Street light, a feature of the iconic Brighton seafront

Street light, a feature of the iconic Brighton seafront

Meanwhile there is plenty to see, including the Brighton Wheel.

The Brighton Wheel is a recent but well-regarded feature on the historic seafront.

The Brighton Wheel is a recent but well-regarded feature on the historic seafront.

The latest addition to Brighton is the much more controversial i-sore i360 tower, supported by taxpayer guarantees (private investors backed away). This photo shows the current state of building. A donut shaped glass ring will be added, but basically this is it: an industrial chimney dominating the city. Every time I see it I think that Shoreham power station has got that little bit closer.

Brighton, with central Pole of the controversial i360 tower dominating the Brighton skyline.

Brighton, with central Pole of the controversial i360 tower dominating the Brighton skyline.

Closer to ground level there is plenty of colourful graffiti…

Graffiti on Brighton seafront

Graffiti on Brighton seafront

And the local residents who really couldn’t care one way or the other 😉

Herring gull

Herring gull

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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