Archive for Nov, 2022

28
Nov
22

Les Oiseaux d’Ore

So … someone said she wanted a Golden Eagle for her birthday. Who am I to say no?

Golden Eagles are never easy on mainland Britain. I set expectations low. Who knew I was with an Eagle Whisperer? Three birds of various ages joined the four Buzzards and thirteen Ravens around the corpse of a Red Deer within 20 minutes. Job done.

26
Nov
22

… and now for something completely different.

Something very different this week. A day taking photographers around Norfolk photographing windmills.

22
Nov
22

Radde’s

A flashback to October and a Peninnis Radde’s Warbler that popped up in front of Tania and me. A dark dull rainy day under a gun metal grey sky so the photo isn’t as good as the views we had.

18
Nov
22

Budget Statement

On our recent migration day at Minsmere … we saw lots.

I took this photo of a Great White Egret looking South from Island Mere hide towards the Sizewell nuclear plant. Given the chancellors recent announcement it set me thinking.

I thought the photo showed quite well the juxtaposition of where we are and the dilemma we face. The Egret is a relatively new coloniser in the UK, but it has become somewhat of a regular breeding species. It is a species that has taken advantage of ever northward moving increasing temperature contours. Increasing temperatures caused by human induced climate change. Then in the background is Sizewell power station. The site of the proposed new C reactor. A project designed to lower carbon emissions; to limit climate change.

Some would say why does Sizewell C have to take up prime wildlife habitat next to what could be described as the UK’s no1 showpiece reserve? I guess existing infrastructure has something to do with that; after all it has to go somewhere; and we do have to limit carbon emissions: don’t we?

Some would say why not pump the £30M estimated construction costs into wind, wave or solar energy production. So where do the turbines or panels go? I presume they have a larger landscape or seascape footprint than a nuclear plant producing an equivalent output.

The answers are not easy. I don’t know the solutions but there has to be some compromise and I do know we have to do something to reduce power production carbon emissions … but does it have to be Minsmere? Really?

09
Nov
22

Why on earth is this happening?

Take a read. You may be as horrified as I am. Why inoculated Badgers may be being shot is beyond my comprehension.

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Government_culling_Badgers_in_11_new_area.aspx?s_id=256627096

06
Nov
22

Another Nearctic Visitor

Yet another Nearctic visitor flitting about Cley and Salthouse of late is this Long-billed Dowitcher.

03
Nov
22

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

When we were down on the Hayle Estuary last month it felt like I should have given my bins a tap. I was seeing double. Not one Lesser Yellowlegs but two. They were within one another’s pockets. Tied together, perhaps by common parentage, this pair of transatlantic travellers never parted company by more than a few metres.




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