Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Grey Acrobat

Earlier in the year I took down the pole which was holding the seed feeders and replaced it with a rope. The Grey Squirrel had been finding it too easy to get at the bird food and was eating a disproportionate amount. This way I hoped to slow it down somewhat. It took a few goes for the squirrel to work out the best way to approach the new set up but it soon became adept at balancing:

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This morning I managed to grab a shot piece of video before it disappeared:


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Frost

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sunrise Contrails - UFO?

First real frost of this Autumn, almost clear sky so the only things to show any colour at Sunrise this morning were the contrails of commercial aircraft:

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Recently I have been watching a series of TV programmes about UFO sightings which reminded me of my only experience of something I couldn't explain. Many years ago while driving home along the back roads at night during a thunderstorm I saw an orange coloured ball some distance ahead hovering maybe 50 feet above the ground. It seemed to stay in the same place for a while and then quickly rose straight up and eventually vanished. I've always assumed it was some phenomenon connected with the electrical storm. Maybe an electrically charged ball of plasma. Reports of these being spotted have occasionally been mentioned. Who knows, but I can imagine some would have put it down to a sighting of an alien craft.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sunspot 2612

For a change Friday was a beautiful Sunny Autumn day here, just a few wispy clouds making it ideal to take a new photo of the Sun:

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Sunspot 2612 can be seen towards the edge at about 8 o'clock.
Sunspot activity follows an 11yr cycle. We are now past the last maximum and their numbers will decrease over the next four or five years.

A gentle reminder that you should never look directly, or point a camera, at the Sun unless you are using a solar filter designed for that purpose. This is the one I adapted for use on the 70D:

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Heron

A very brief video capture of a Heron heading towards my garden pond in the early hours of this morning:


Friday, 25 November 2016

Wooly Munchers

Sheep are back in the usual field munching away.
There are two different types.
The whiteish ones, which I think may be Cheviot, were laid back and just watched us:

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The black ones, which look to me to be Hebridean, tended to remain hidden and retreated rapidly when we got too close to the fence for their liking:

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Of course my identification could well be faulty as there are several white sheep which look very similar to me.
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