Friday, May 03, 2024

A Suffolk trip April 2024

A three night stay in eastern Suffolk at Dunwich with some really nice birds and great audio courtesy of Nightingales and wailing heath chickens - read more in the blog below 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Bittern fest

I have been doing a lot of work on Marsh Harriers, what's new, this spring and have had a couple of lucky encounters with Bitterns while watching the harriers. Th elink below goes to my blog post on my latest encounter with a splendid male and a female

Friday, March 01, 2024

Common Buzzard images

 3cy Common Buzzard locally this week - I have put togetehr a new gallery of Common Buzzard images on my website

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

drake Smew and some more Waxwing images

 A new Blog post on my website re the December 26th success on two local Waxwings and a drake Smew and Great Northern Diver and Shag at Covenham Reservoir linked below

Thursday, December 21, 2023

nacreous clouds over Barton December 21st

 An amazing sight this afternoon and a rare event as shown by the Met Office definition below: just a shame it was mostly cloudy here 

Nacreous clouds form in the lower stratosphere over polar regions when the Sun is just below the horizon. The ice particles that form nacreous clouds are much smaller than those that form more common clouds. These smaller particles scatter light in a different way, which is what creates the distinctive luminescent appearance.

Due to their high altitude and the curvature of the Earth’s surface, these clouds are lit up by sunlight from below the horizon and reflect it to the ground, shining brightly well before dawn and after dusk. They are most likely to be viewed when the Sun is between 1º and 6º below the horizon and in places with higher latitudes, such as Scandinavia and northern Canada. For this reason, they are sometimes known as polar stratospheric clouds. Nacreous clouds only form below -78 °C so are most likely to occur during the polar winter.

Because of the very low temperatures required, nacreous clouds are usually only visible from the UK when the cold air which circulates around polar regions in the stratosphere (known as the stratospheric polar vortex) is displaced and hovers temporarily over the UK.

Friday, December 08, 2023

Waxwings at long last

Finally managed to see Waxwings this winter - click the link below to read the full story and see the galleries -- some of my best images of the winter added to the blog linked below and they are still about 

Saturday, December 02, 2023

Bearded Tits et al

 As Blogger has become more antiquated and harder to manage I am migrating most of my posts over to my website where I will be using the Blog and latest images sections to showcase new material. This is a link to a decent week for photography at Alkborough Flats.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Marsh Harriers

 Not posted any Marsh Harriers for a while - must redress the balance - a nice adult male , a 3cy male and a juv/1cy from this week