Monday, 10 February 2014

Shot at the night

The launch event at RSPB Geltsdale for the Ghostbird Hen Harrier art exhibition was amazingly joined by two female birds showing well on the nearby fell side...
http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/skydancer/b/skydancer/archive/2014/02/06/hen-harriers-on-show-at-geltsdale.aspx

Fantastic work by landscape artist Ben Knibbs from the Geltsdale/Talkin/Brampton area. Well worth a look...

http://www.pinterest.com/benknibbs/benjamin-knibbs-landscape-artist/

If you have seen the BBC Natural World program last week regarding the importance of Vultures to an ecosystem then read about Britain's important cleaning species here...

http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2014/02/03/who-are-the-real-vermin/

Here is the link, Vultures, beauty in the beast...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03sfvhd/Natural_World_20132014_Vultures_Beauty_in_the_Beast/

Cain has a new HB blog post...

http://holywellbirding.blogspot.co.uk/

GN Diver in Arinagour bay with the morning light...
Coming to the end of my second week on Coll and a mixed bag of weather was to be expected out here but I am very pleased to be able to take advantage of the windows of clear skies to get some more time lapse sequences done. A new technique of setting my alarm every two hours throughout the night to check on cloud cover definitely increased my chances of tackling the variable weather. My last night is tonight (Monday 10th) and If I can get a sequence shot at two more planned locations then I will have managed twenty sites with starscapes and with it around three minutes of footage (still images from this week are below) 

A weak northern lights display in the early hours of the 7th was a nice sight and I managed to get a hundred continuous frames of the showing as well. 
Female Peregrine hunting waders in Arinagour bay...
immature GN Diver...
During daytime hours (apart from sleeping!) I spent a bit of time working the area around Arinagour bay watching the changes with the tides. A few hours spent watching and photographing the GN divers in the bay. At least two adults and a juvenile recorded and the majority of food source was small crab species most likely shore and velvet's. A single Razorbill was seen on the 6th and a female Peregrine made a brief appearance getting everything going by targeting the local waders. Three Mergansers (two drakes) and up to half a dozen Ringed Plover were other species of interest in the bay. Plenty of Herring Gulls but no sign of white wingers as I understand there has been up to six Glaucous to the south on Tiree. 
Lit up juvenille bird...

Another angle of the obliging young bird
More Barnies at Breachacha...

Good number of Barnies on the south of the isle...
Morning Heron...
A couple of trips to Sorisdale in the north side of the isle with the first visit been very productive in managing a starscape sequence and in the second visit we had some nice wildlife sightings including a grey seal pup lonesome on the shore. A Black throated diver to the east of the Cairns of Coll and a single adult Gannet was also seen. 

Coll Hotel in the early hours...

Welcome to the dark sky community...

Arinagour ferry pier looking east with a captured motion of the stars...
The remainder of my time during the days consisted of developing my new web site, Open Uni work, video editing and general reading. 
Back to good old Cumbria tomorrow and looking forward to covering some wild areas down there as spring creeps up nearer. My main focus in the coming weeks is the search for displaying Goshawk...cant wait.

 Thanks for looking...

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful. The oban wildlife trips in Scotland are pretty awesome too. Scotland has a very diverse ecosystem, perfect for these kinds of trips.

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