Tuesday, 31 January 2017

29 Palms - Robert Plant

Just the prelude to what is hoped will be
GREATER THINGS!
We have staved it off for a few days in the hope of welcoming the
New Month
with a bit of a BANG!
The intent tomorrow will be to issue Post No1 in a series of 6
covering our Away Day which turned into an Away 4½ Days.
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Another photogenic start to the Day.
ALPACAS
all c5 today, you may have have to look a little harder.
Over Wintering
CHIFFCHAFF
ROBIN
acrobatic
GOLDCREST
video
The 'white-headed'
EGYPTIAN GOOSE
noisy as ever and the far more sedate
video
OTHER ONE!
 GREENFICH
 population
 still thriving
 and the return of the
video
 long lost
video
GREEN SANDPIPER
 Also not seen for a while and so considered worthy of a
 triptych
STONECHAT
Well, on our return to Slight Return II we set the Juke Box to 'random select'
and at this point
video
BLACK-HEADED GULLs
video
swooping for food on the lawn outside this, as you will hear,
was the track playing at the time - 'no brainer'!
Memories rose of an uninspiring short stay there back in 2010 while travelling across California, brought on only by my love of this song, on my way to the Salton Sea to 'twitch' Yellow-footed Gull. The plan was to dip a toe into the Mojave Desert before transiting the Joshua  Tree (U2) National Park and then continuing onward. Advice on the ground back in 29P's, which was taken, - "don't, under any circumstances, visit the Salton Sea area"!
All stories SHOULD end in success which this one did.
Later in 2011, on a second trip to transit part of the
Pan American Highway - Flagstaff to Deadhorse, Alaska
yet another detour was made, this time down into
Baja California, Mexico
(just below the We Are Here Legend)
where, on the first day on the beach at San Filipe was found
just a single adult
YELLOW-FOOTED GULL
On that trip a plethora of dreams, desires, objectives, ambitions call them what you will,
were buzzing around the 'grey matter', one of which was to WALK across the
Arctic Circle, just before reaching Deadhorse. Having flown over it an unrecorded number of times,
sailed over it a few times less and even sailed 'under' it twice onboard HM Submarine Alcide,
apart from TUNNELLING this was the only mode to complete the set.
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Geese and the Ghost - Anthony Phillips

Another crisp, cold and dry morning with
FROSTY the ALPACA
 in attendance, have often eaten Alpaca medium-rare, pan-fried
but never 'iced'.
In way of a change we decided to nip down to the
 IBSLE WATER MEADOWS
and
 HARBRIDGE, HAMPSHIRE
in the hope of Bewick's Swan or even the White-fronted Goose
but that was a search in vain!
 All to catch the eye was this rather unusually marked
GOOSE
of origin unknown before Chiefy in the
 
 Powered Hang-Glider
 put everything to flight with
MUTE SWAN
 leading the way.
video
Oh for a 
Vulcan Phalanx
(Sea-Whiz x 4,500 rounds per minute)
 
video
 not content with just passing over, he had to do a couple of curcuits
of the whole field system before Foxtrot Oscaring!!
The mixed Goose Flock completely spooked!
CANADA GOOSE
 and time to beat a retreat down to Blashford.
Again, about the 3rd time this year, there was very little of interest
video
save for a couple of
 COMMON SNIPE
  video
feeding and occasionally scuffling in the margins on 
Ibsley Water,
while over the road just
video
video
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 (how do they know to take flight just as you get the camera on them??)
and a 'shaky'
video
TREECREEPER
were in the Oaks around the car park.
Short, and maybe not that sweet we returned to base.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Rabbit - Chas and Dave

The final phase of our 'catch-up' before departing Parley Court Farm and in the first instance it would be a gross understatement to say that we have neglected the Mammals so far this year, in fact we have totally abandoned them! Since 'day one' we have recorded just c4 with each having its own significance as far we are concerned, but there was one huge surprise in fact a 'personal first' for me in our Recording Area.
The first 2
 RABBIT
and

GREY SQUIRREL
 were recorded on New Years Day but we then had to wait a full 24 hours for the next,
ROE DEER
 A full fortnight then passed without addition before driving back along the
course of the Moors River and hearing the c3 Egyptian Geese there going berserk!
That was followed by a number of Mallard springing from the watercourse and a
lone Herring Gull seemingly attacking something on the ground, It was indeed 'something',
the biggest
OTTER
I have ever seen running boldly across the open field. With a tree-line
between myself and it and having to get out of Strange there wasn't even
a dog's chance of obtaining a photo but the consolation was extremely
good views via the trusty Swarovskis.
(image 'borrowed' from Wikipedia)
Another example of our tardiness, the
FULL MOON
was as far back as
Thursday 12 January inst.
There has been a new arrival on the Redundant Aircraft Pan at
Bournemouth International Airport
 
 a rather eye-catching
BOEING 737
minus her engines was thought worthy of a shot.
MEADOW PIPIT
A couple of days after the Otter the
EGYPTIAN GEESE
video
were at it again
going through their full repertoire
video
pre-breeding
as they are early nesters.
video
DISPLAYING
video
PREENING
video
and even seen
EATING LICHEN
 While in the process of filming/snapping these goings-on a female
SPARROWHAWK
obligingly alighted
video
in the tree directly above my head
another addition to the Year List before once again cutting across to
LONGHAM LAKES
simply because you cannot get enough of
 GREAT WHITE EGRET
especially in Dorset where they are extremely 'scarce'.
 There was only a single found today, which was particularly flighty.
but a single is enough!
Additionally,
GREAT CRESTED GREBE
and another Year Tick by way of a pair of squabbling
video

CETTI'S WARBLER
This
CANADA GOOSE
won't see the New Year
but the predator, likely a Fox, will doubtless benefit from its demise.
Finally, just a few shots 'in passing'
COMMON GULL
foreground with
BLACK-HEADED GULLs
COMMON GULLs
STONECHAT
GREY HERON
A pick of the shots from the c11
video
LITTLE EGRET
video
in attendance on the day, with most proving very obliging.
Just before putting the Strange Rover to bed one of the c18
COLLARED DOVE
now in attendance around the Chicken Coup sat still long enough for a pose.
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