As I watch I marvel In the silence At the steady Rise and fall The relentlessness Of that Sinister hover That searchlight gaze The taughtness Swoop-ready Slight rise here There a minimal feathered fall And always The graceful motion Governed by the gentle breeze And those deadly eyes Ever searching For quarry
Oh the stillness The forbidding silence Alive with threat Fine-tuned tension So aware Watchful For that significant stir in the grass below That silent murmur Minimal movement
No more than a tension in the air A breathing of the grass beneath To excite his gaze And trigger His thunderbolt descent
Portland Bill, or The Isle of Portland, lies immediately to the east of Chesil Beach. This area of land is not in fact an island, but a promontory, 4 miles by 1.7 miles, jutting out out into the English Channel. It forms the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England, and is 5 miles south of the seaside resort of Weymouth.
The ‘island’ is renowned for the quality of its limestone, formed during the Jurassic period and for many years since it has been quarried here. Being of such excellent quality, the stone has been used extensively as a building stone in many major public buildings throughout the British Isles, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace in London. Portland stone has also been exported to many other countries and has been used for example in the the building of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
I have also included in my photo gallery below, a few pictures of swans from the Abbotsbury Swannery situated on the banks of Chesil Beach, just a few miles west of Portland Bill.