Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Blood Moon

In the small hours of Monday 28th September 2015 an unusual event happened. A lunar eclipse coincided with a 'Supermoon', which occurs when the Moon is at its' closest to the Earth, making it appear larger than usual. An event not due to happen again for 33 years and so I set my alarm for silly o'clock in order to witness it and maybe mange to take some photos.

The moon went through several phases, starting with the full 'Supermoon' and then the eclipse started at 01.11am and reached maximum eclipse at 03.47am (shown in the first photo) where it became the 'Blood Moon'. The red colour is caused by the dust in the Earths' atmosphere. Will I be around for the next one? Hopefully.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Black Terns at Ferry Meadows CP

Two juvenile Black Terns were present at Ferry Meadows CP in Peterborough in the middle of the week, which gave me another chance to catch up with this lovely little marsh tern. This time the sun was shining and the birds much closer than on my sighting of the 6 at Baston, but my efforts are still not as pleasing as I had hoped.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Red-footed Falcon at Willow Tree Fen LWT, part 2

As of writing, the Red-footed Falcon is still present at Willow Tree Fen nature reserve in Lincolnshire. The other morning I paid yet another visit, ostensibly to see if I could get some more photos of it and this time the sun was shining.

A remarkable bird, that after a bit of careful field-craft sat within 15 feet of me and only took to the sky when a cow got too close! I may return yet more as I still would like a photo of the bird doing something other than sitting on a post.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Black Terns at Baston and Langtoft gravel pits, Lincolnshire

A few ropey 'record' shots showing a few of the 6 Black Terns that were present on 'T'-junction pit at the Baston and Langtoft gravel pit complex, 2 juveniles and 4 adults. These birds were forced down by the rain (hence the grainy/gloomy shots), but as soon as the rain lifted, so did the birds. These birds represent the first 'multi' sighting of this species by yours truly and the first in the PBC recording area this year.

Hopefully you will see in the photos the birds' different plumage, showing what is left of the black plumage on the adult birds and the 'cleaner' appearance of the juvenile birds.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Red-footed Falcon at Willow Tree Fen LWT

A 1st summer male Red-footed Falcon had been entertaining the assembled masses near Stoke on Trent during July and I had thought of going to see if I could get a half decent photo or two, but it was a bit of a journey and as it wouldn't have been a 'lifer' I kept umming and erring! The bird then disappeared. Mike Weedon texted me on Thursday morning with the cryptic message of 'Have you heard the red-foot news?'. I replied in the negative thinking all sorts of possibilities, he then phoned to inform me that a 1st summer male Red-footed Falcon had been seen at Willow Tree Fen (a small reserve managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and just over the border from the Peterborough area) the previous evening. I couldn't visit that day, although he and others managed the trip and so I had to wait until Friday evening after work, where the damp and the gloom did nothing for photography, but the bird did show well, if only by sitting on a post!