Today saw the Dorset Walks regulars indulging in their annual Christmas feast at the Lobster Pot.
Afterwards we were so stuffed that even if the wind was hurricane force none of us would have been at risk of being blown over.
But it was a beautiful calm afternoon so we walked out to the very southernmost point of Dorset, where we found these little chaps.
Purple Sandpipers breed in the Arctic Circle and spend the winter with us, always choosing rocky shores.
Feeding where they do right at the edge of the sea they are at risk of getting caught out by a wave.
What saves them is their quick reactions...
... and their huge toes which must come in handy for a vertical take-off.
Before our meal we had walked along the Eastcliffs to the crane, where I filmed this slow-motion sequence of the waves surging over the rocks.