Tag: nature

27/02/19. RSPB Geltsdale. Curlews and lapwings and other dawn singers.

RSPB Geltsdale is one of my favourite places.  Sitting in the Pennines just east of Carlisle it is a wonderful spot for curlew, lapwing, black grouse and many other birds. This recording was made before sunrise on the meadow in front of the RSPB centre.   Unfortunately it was quite windy, but the glorious sound ...

27/02/19. Sunbiggin Tarn Starling murmuration.

Sunbiggin Tarn sits in the Pennines near Orton, Cumbria.  It is a wonderful remote spot, and popular with birds of all kinds. Today I was sitting by the tarn recording the evening chorus; it was afterall very quiet; I had expected more activity.   But it was nice to just sit there, watch the sun ...

24/02/19. Titley Pool late Winter chorus

It was a cold frosty misty morning at Titley Pool; a nice quiet Sunday with less traffic noise on the nearby Presteigne-Kington road than a weekday.   The earlier sunrise, today at 7:15am, also helps because people are still asleep.  Recorded on the bank of the pool, near the bird hide. I recorded the sounds ...

03/01/19 Starlings at Aberystwyth Royal Pier

Every year in the Autumn and Winter months thousands of starlings gather every evening to roost in the Victorian iron structure of the pier at Aberystwyth.    They arrive in large groups from the land and collect in still larger groups to do their amazing synchronised flying before settling into their very close and noisy ...

11/06/18. Noisy pond at Balranald, North Uist.

There is a wonderful walk at RSPB Balranald.  I went there in search of corn crakes, but the walk offers so much more; it takes you out along and through the sand dunes, past the machair fields with their white wind blown soils, and into that space just beyond the beaches where all sorts of ...

12/06/18. The Machair at Dusk!! Aird a’ Mhachair, North Uist.

Lots of seabirds and other birds calling after the sun goes down.   Down a track that leads to the MoD testing area.  The microphones are in the field.  I am sitting in the car for 3 hours trying not to disturb what’s going on.   Unlike the night before, this was a very still ...

13/06/18. Squeaky trees in Coille Langais during storm Hector.

It was going to be a very windy day on Uist, so I headed for the woods.  There aren’t many woods on north Uist, but there are some:  I went to Coille Langais (Langass woods) next to the ancient burial mound, Barpa Langais. These woods have a nice history; established in 1969 by the Forestry ...