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Long-Tailed Tits

Went for a walk locally along the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Kennet this afternoon. Not an awful lot around, so I ended up taking pictures of Long-Tailed Tits. A small flock of may be half a dozen of them was at the River Kennet. Surprisingly difficult to capture on picture, as they are constantly on the move.

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Marsh Harrier, Pintail, Kestrel and more at Otmoor, Oxfordshire

Following on from yesterday’s Swans and Starlings at Otmoor pictures today a few more pictures from some of the other birds I saw at RSPB Otmoor. The star of the show was probably the Marsh Harrier, a first for me:

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Swans and Starlings at Otmoor, Oxfordshire

Had a very nice afternoon out at the RSPB Otmoor reserve. While I saw a large variety of birds (more of them in another entry later) the main reason I went today was the impressive Starling roost with their amazing murmurations. Two Swans decided to photobomb the show as well:

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International Space Station and Startrails over Aldermaston Wharf

The last pass of the International Space Station over the UK in 2015, on Christmas Eve (click on the picture for the full size):

It was a low pass (as you can see) and not as bright as previously, also it wasn’t as dark as I had hoped. Still, fairly happy with the picture (which is a composite of over 100 pictures). Oh, and the thick stripes are clouds.

I’ve walked/driven over that bridge, now it’s gone

If you actually know a place in the news it makes it much more real than if it’s a place you’ve never even heard of. I’ve been to Pooley Bridge twice, among other things to go on an Ullswater Steamer cruise. While there I crossed the bridge giving the village its name a couple of times, both in the car and on foot.

Picture of an old bridge over a river
Pooley Bridge in April 2012

Storm Desmond and the related rain has now destroyed the old bridge, built in 1764. Not to mention the flooding and misery it has brought to other parts of Cumbria. Carlisle (where I usually stay overnight on my journeys to Islay) has also been badly hit. I’m not sure of the exact area, but I believe one of the hotels where I sometimes stay is flooded as is the park where I go for my morning run.

As far as I know nobody has died and I hope it stays that way, at least people seem to be safe. Still, it will be a long hard slog for those impacted by the floods.