Sunday, 2 December 2012

Night shifts up Gdale and Martin Mere...

A night shift on the fells earlier in the week as clear skies were present along with a strong moon to light up the way, natures torch! I knew there was a couple of CMEs (Colosal Mass Injection) earth bound so there was a chance of Aurora as well. 

Faint Aurora on the horizon looking from 'the Cairns'
I had a fox barking and also a Short-eared Owl. Amazing atmosphere again as I had the moors all to my self for the night. The aurora didn't last for long and also a constant movement of cloud cover disrupted things. A couple of shooting stars added to the show.

Looking south towards Orion and Sirius the brightest star in the night sky

Back at the house after the moon dropped at 3am the stars visible multiplied
Barn Owl calling as I arrived closer to home after a great night out!

Martin Mere WWT reserve
A trip to Martin Mere on the Sunday with Cain. It was the north west bird fair so It was a busy event and we met Ruth Molloy and Rachel Lainsey down there as there living in the region. 3 Peregrines, female Marsh Harrier and Ruff were the highlights. Watching the Pere's in hunting mode is always a great show and feeding time at the reserve at 3pm brought chaos as all the birds came in very close showing well in the crisp light.
Castle Carrock reservoir with shelter belt of Scots Pine
Recent trips to the village reservoir have produced a female Scaup and a single Pinkie been the highlights along with a juv Cormoront, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Little Grebe, Canada and Greylag Geese.

At the back of Tesco on the Eden...
While I popped into the big city of Carlisle I covered my usual stretch of the Eden river where I encountered a female Kingfisher sat close in the willows. Also 3 Snipe and Lapwing on the flooded fields. Big number of 100 plus Fieldfares overhead and 20 odd Redwing. A few Goosander on the river along with Mute Swans. 

Martin Mere Time Lapse...

Keswick Time Lapse from Dusk to Darkness...

Thanks for looking...


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