The past few weeks have been busy, full of murmuring clues to say I've nearly finished university, apparently ready to embark on the next chapter of my life. Unfortunately, there has been something quite wrong about February, though. I have spent most of it inside. Many hours have been consumed by my thesis project, hunched … Continue reading Waxwing lyrical
Just a short post. Here are my bird sightings for the week, with four new additions to the list for 2017! Barn owl! (albeit from a car, but there was no doubt that this flash of cream in the night was one of these beautiful creatures) Little egret Redwing Long-tailed tit (both of these two shots … Continue reading WEEK 2 SIGHTINGS
This morning the snow was being blown around the sky like feathers shaken from vigorously from a down pillow, and the ice cold wind was sharp, whipping across my cheeks. Of course, the weather conditions were not ideal for catching wildlife on camera, but I had a feeling that I was going to get lucky. … Continue reading Buzzing after a meeting with the Buzzards!
So sports personality of the year has been dubbed by some of my friends as the new Lack of Personality of the Year (not me, I promise… sort of). Andy Murray, we may love you in a way, but achieving the title of three times winner is a little excessive for somebody I have seen … Continue reading Bird Personality of the Year 2016
After David Attenborough's most recent Planet Earth episode on cities, it gives me great pleasure to introduce a record breaker living in our small corner of the globe. Here we provide a home to nothing less than the fastest animal on earth, diving for prey at speeds up to 389km/h with deathly precision. With a … Continue reading The fastest animal on earth nested in the heart of Nottingham
As a third year student at The University of Nottingham, I have been studying the impact of human disturbance on the breeding of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). In the summer of 2015 we surveyed the recreational trail usage in the forest, the wildlife abundance, and breeding success of the nightjar. The surveying of the … Continue reading The Nightjar project, from the summer of 2015
A starling murmuration is always a fascinating sight to see, and I was lucky enough on my trip to Brighton to see one at dusk from the pier. The wind was howling, the skies were grey, and the sea was whipping up an angry and salty mist into the air, and I didn’t want to … Continue reading A trip to Brighton, with a mesmerising murmuration!
So since I came back to Nottingham for exams this January, I decided to try providing some food for the local birds to help them over winter, and to provide myself with some solace from the mundane exam season. Since first putting some food on the brick barbeque a few weeks ago, we have had … Continue reading Robins, Blackbirds, a Wren and some Great Tits all in a Student house!