GALLERY: Readers’ pictures – March 2014

THE latest gallery of readers’ pictures includes some new contributors.

There is also a good range of photos from others who feature regularly in our readers’ picture section.

A mute swan taking off at Widewater PICTURE: SARAH REEVE

A mute swan taking off at Widewater PICTURE: SARAH REEVE

The March gallery includes some nice bird pictures, including a mute swan taking off at Widewater, sent in by Sarah Reeve from Lancing, and a close-up of a kestrel, captured by Mark Flower, of Holmbush Close, Shoreham, in his garden on Wednesday, March 19.

Tim Meredith, of Southwick Street, Southwick, sent in a picture of a female red-breasted merganser, taken east of the locks in Southwick.

“Although examples of this diving duck have wintered on Widewater, their appearance on the canal is uncommon,” he said.

“Their main breeding stronghold is the fish-rich lochs in Scotland, but they also nest in northern England and parts of both Wales and Ireland.”

Meanwhile, it was boats and people at the lock that captured the eye of Shoreham reader David Tarr.

“Hard to believe that these are taken on the second Sunday of March, rush hour at the Southwick lock gates,” he said of his photos showing a large number of boats and people lined up.

Mr Tarr has remained a keen supplier of photos to the Herald, which has been very much appreciated by the news team.

He spotted a stonemason hard at work in Shoreham, carefully recutting the names of the fallen on the war memorial on the East Street perimeter wall of St Mary de Haura Church.

On March 17, he was there for the arrival of the JCB at the Shoreham Centre, ahead of the demolition of the Citizens Advice Bureau offices.

Four days later, Mr Tarr spotted a nice rainbow over Brighton Road and on March 25, he sent in a photo of the apple blossom in Shoreham town centre.

And to round off the month, he was watched the delayed arrival of the latest addition to the houseboat community yesterday.

Mr Tarr sent in two photographs showing Adur Ferry Bridge open as the boat arrived on Monday morning’s high tide. They show the boat passing through the open bridge and being manoeu’vred into position.

Zoe Hutton sent in a photograph of a glorious sunset, which she took from Ditchling Ward in Worthing Hospital.

“I think it looks rather special,” said Zoe, of Shoreham Court, Shoreham. “I love taking pictures since I have an eye for a picture.”

Jane Cosham, of Hawkins Crescent, Shoreham, sent in a beautiful silhouette with Worthing Pier in the background.

She said: “A beautiful end to a gorgeous day with the horses on the beach at Shoreham.”

Mike Dixon, of Eastbrook Road, Portslade, sent in a photo of his two-year-old cat Foxy relaxing on the bed.

He said: “What a life! Not a care in the world.”

Michael Bissettpowell, of Jarvis Lane, Steyning, sent in a picture of some of the rubbish left behind in the West Sussex County Council site in Steyning when travellers moved on.

Send in your photographs to marked Readers’ Pictures and if you spot anything before we do, let us know!