Thursday, 4 February 2016
East Anglian Highlights by Brian Nobbs
Brian Nobbs treated us to visits to many wildlife hotspots in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, managed by the RSPB and other conservation organisations, including many of the lesser known sites, well worth a visit when visiting the area for a long weekend or longer holiday. More...
Thursday, 7 January 2016
Crossing Boundaries - Rolf Williams
Rolf Williams formerly served with the Royal Navy as a communications officer. Stationed in the dangerous waters of the North Arabian Gulf, Rolf was ordered to an Iraqi oil platform. Walking around the platform for recreation he began to realise that both his flagship's decks and the oil platform structure were ideal positions from which to observe thousands of birds on their routes of migrations, as well as temporary resting sites for tired individuals. More...
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Thursday, 14 January 2016
Dungeness RSPB Reserve
Sunshine and clouds, dry, but very cold: feeling like minus three in unsheltered spots! Unusually, in our experience, the wind was from the WNW which had quite an impact on the location of various birds: this was particularly noticeable from the ARC hide where there were no ducks and very few birds on the exposed left side of the pit, which normally seems to be highly favoured. Our 38 species included some super sightings.For me the best sight was a magnificent Long-eared Owl roosting in plain view at the front edge of the willow thicket on the far side of the 'childrens dipping pond'. It was awake and alert, but not bothered by us. It's used to bird-watchers as it's been roosting here since last November; so every chance it'll stay for the winter now. More...
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