Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Strange change in the sky

The Safari hasn't had much in the way of anything much these last couple of days. Yesterday the wind was an icy Arctic blast and the sea very choppy. this morning was much milder but still scrape the windscreen frosty and the sea was very misty hazy and we couldn't see far. Top of the list were three crisp white adult Gannets cruising past close inshore. A eye out of the side window on the drive down the Prom hasn't given us a Wheatear of Ring Ouzel, neither have scans along the top of the seawall.
At least one more Osprey might well have flown over the office roof unbeknown to us after crossing the river from the South-side.
Best sighting of the week was a pair of low flying Mistle Thrushes (Garden #28) over Base Camp while we were bringing in the laundry off the line this evening.
Frank wasn't interested in going far this evening and only took us about 25 yards up the hill and there was us thinking he'd be wanting to race back to Patch1 where a Chiffchaff might be freshly arrived...no chance.
Walking the 25yards back down the hill we noticed that the sky was a funny pinky shade of grey. Now a week or so ago that colour of cloud would signify imminent snow but today being a little warmer it looked for all the world as though a bit of a thunder storm might be about to be unleashed...if you saw that sky in June or July then you'd want to looking for some shelter from the impending deluge...but it never happened this evening.
The driver of the white car waved and gave a very cheery smile as he drove past, nice to see someone happy and enjoying a bit of fun.
Pics are off the phone and we have to say we're pretty impressed with the quality and we haven't got it on its top setting, could possibly rival our 'normal' camera if it was!
Taken at range, heavily zoomed and cropped in dull conditions
But will we be able to digi-scope with it...something to try at the weekend maybe.
Talking of the weekend there is a Lizard walk with local expert RL starting at 10am on Saturday - details here let's hope the sun shines.
Where to next? We've got the little ones back on the beach tomorrow - wonder what wonders they will find for us this time.
In the meantime let us know what's flying over the laundry drying on the line in your outback

5 comments:

Deano said...

"In the meantime let us know what's flying over the laundry drying on the line in your outback"

4 Waxwings for me Dave :)

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

That's pretty good Deano!!!! You doing the washing again tommoz?

Cheers

D

Deano said...

No mate...it`s raining tommoz :(

geoff gradwell said...

THANKS for the heads up on the bat... wouldn't have a clue and it was only the size that made me think of GH. It was flying away from me at first and I thought it might be my forst swallow of the year but a bat at lunchtime... obviously cold weather has reduced evening grub I guess, maybe a sudden hatch at treetop.
THANKS agin.
g

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Noctules are often seen before sunset Geoff - Great pics BTW

Cheers

D