Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Roxy Music

When the decision was made recently to return to a 'daily' Posting the key concern was, given the time of year, would we be able to gather enough material to sustain the ambition? While appreciating there has been and will be some repetition (2,000 acres only supports X amounts of Wildlife) we now find ourselves bogged down and falling behind with such incidentals as Field Notes, Image Editing, List Compiling etc, so any ideas of publishing our findings chronologically have 'gone to the wall'. Over the weekend the Bournemouth Air Festival continued sporadically, a number of Wildlife forays ensued while we also enjoyed a visit by the Brothers Foot (or should that be Feet), which was sadly cut short by the prospects of even more heavy rain, which proved a wise choice.
Cor, them was the days,
Bournemouth Winter Gardens 1974
MIKE and DAVE (FOOT)
While a warm, comfortable bed had been proffered at
Harbins Farm House
Our guests opted to camp in tents on the edge of Merritown Heath and by 05:30 (Saturday that is) they had gathered in most of the equipment, including the Moth Traps, and were already enjoying a cup of coffee. Having requested an overnight bird report they were happy to confirm a good number of Nightjar still on the wing, but a total absence of Woodcock. Just a 'taster' of the Moth species caught overnight included a representative of the dramatic 
 LARGE EMERALD
for the exotic
 BIRCH MOCHA
 PURPLE BAR
and
 GEM
 DARK SPECTACLE
 appeared on behalf of the 'normal',
 CHEVRON
 for the absolutely uncooperative,
 PINION-STREAKED SNOUT
 for the underwhelming,
BEAUTIFUL PLUME MOTH
as the lone Micro

and for other 6-legged creatures
BURYING BEETLE
all those titled in BLUE are additions to the
Year List.
As this was his first visit, Mike particularly was interested in a closer look
across the Heath where we found very good numbers of
 DARTFORD WARBLER
 along with just a couple of
STONECHAT
Also keen to 'turn' some of the Reptile Covers we first found these most interesting
and sharply contrasting colour variations of
SLOW WORM
and this
video
SMOOTH SNAKE
which comes with a 'Colorful Language Warning'
While no names mean no pack-drills it must be said
"it wasn't me Sir" in fact it was a Big Boy who said it then quickly ran away
wasn't it Mike??
and so to the
Bournemouth Air Festival
or at least what little there was of it!
Again dogged by bad weather at least some aircraft took to the skies,
and while my knowledge of such things is less than limited there will be
no attempt to 'CAPTION' any of the following images save for the obvious.
 On such exciting occasions the General Public
 soon take up every possible vantage points, although for safety's sake
there are some restrictions on the roadside grass verges.
 The Scene is Set
 and the Protagonists take to the Stage.
 We think these could be
 The RED ARROWS
 TYPOON/EUROFIGHTER
 EURO-FIGHTER/TYPHOON
 HERCULES
 COAST GUARD HELICOPTER
 TYPHOON/EUROFIGHTER
 ROYAL NAVY 'WILDCAT' HELICOPTER
and about the only contender to steal some of the
Red Arrow Limelight the
VULCAN
Finally, and 
For Your Pleasure
do you remember the first time you heard
A portion of Experimental Glam Rock never hurt anyone!
Bryan Ferry (Vox / Keyboards), Brian Eno (Synthesizer and Treatments), Phil Manzanera (Guitars), Andy Mackay (Wind Instruments), John Gustafson (Bass Guitar), Paul Thompson (Drums)
Rock 'n' Roll Trivia - The full name of Brian Eno (usually referred to as simply Eno) is 
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno
The rain has finally stopped (Noon Sunday) so hopefully
we can now monitor last night's catch from the Moth Traps.
Have a GREAT Weekend!
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2 comments:

  1. Hi Paul, aside from the audible language that Her Majesty wouldn't understand.{:))
    The two A/C below the Arrows are both Typhoons originally named Eurofighter as is the one below the Coastguard Helo.
    The Senior Service Helo below that is the Wildcat.
    I trust you are well (You sound OK). {:))

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  2. 'Top of the Pops' thanks Roy as I trust you are, Whether I'll get round to 'captioning there fine machines or not is debatable but will give it a go later. Thanks for you're efforts and think there are more to come. I do believe there was a MiG (15?) yesterday. My Best Wishes, Bagsy

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