Language Translator

Sunday, 9 July 2017

2nd July record of Red-rumped Swallow for Scilly!

Bobby 'Dazzler' Dawson' found this cracking Red-rumped Swallow at St Agnes this morning. This evening Robin and I relocated it at Porth Hellick 

  At 07.30 this morning, Bobby 'Dazzler' Dawson' text to say he had observed on St Agnes, a great  record of White Wagtail breeding and at Broweth, only the second July sighting of Red-rumped Swallow on the Scilly after Geoff  Barter had a single in 2014! The swallow was only present in the morning and later on at 18.00, Robin picked me up and we thought we would try Porth Hellick to see if maybe it was there. First we stopped off at Porthloo and got a single juvenile and 2 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull. At Porth Hellick there were up to 20 Swallow, 5 House Martin and a very high number of 8 Sand Martin for this time of year. A Hobby flew through but after an hour of searching there was no sign of the red-rump. Robin wanted to go to Deep Point and as we drove past Porth Hellick I asked him to slow down so I could check out the hirundines on the wires. Still moving looking through the screen with my bins I said, I think I've got it! Sure enough it was there and we got cracking views as it stretched it's wings just above our heads from the path. Although very mobile, Martin was the only one who twitched it and it stuck around the area being harassed with the other hirundines by the Hobby.
  This is the first time I've been out for over a month but on the Tuesday the 4th, while playing football next to Nowhere, I heard a Serin and watched it come down into the garden. I could only put the news out at half time but ten minutes into the game I heard again and saw it perched on top of an Elm before returning to the garden!






There were 2 2nd summer and a single juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Porth Hellick

Reed Warbler







The swallow proved very mobile after leaving the wires

This Hobby made return visits to Porth Hellick


As soon as I open my door first thing in the morning, these lot are waiting and jump in and have a party!! If the door is slightly ajar, they are there hoping around my feet looking for spiders and currents!! 


While Ben was doing a great cover of the White Stripes song, the crowd were singing in their heads 'OH JEREMY CORBYN, OH JEREMY CORBYN' just like the millions across the nation even here on Scilly it's taken off and can be heard by both locals and visitors from The Mermaid Pub!!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Bolivian Salt Flats Tour 1

Anna crossing the worlds largest salt flat to go and look for some pepper at 11,000-sq-km in Salar de Uyuni, Southwest Bolivia! 

  Continuing the road trip in March in South America, we left Copacabana and made the ten hour overnight road trip with Bolivian Hop Bus to Lapaz. The following morning, with the same bus company, as you could have a discount, we booked a three day tour to visit the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in southwest Bolivia. That night we hopped onto another bus and again made an overnight drive arriving at Uyuni at 05.30! We were both very tired after continues traveling and it wasn't until 07.00 that the tour company picked us up from the bus stop with all our luggage!
  An hour later we in a 4x4 with five other folks including the driver and tour leader. Our first stop was a train cemetery, ten minutes out on the outskirts of town. We didn't really take to this because there were people everywhere walking around or on the trains with music blasting out from kids, topples, shades, caps on backwards and shouting as though everyone else is deaf! It did really feel like you were at an amusement park.


  




The area of the train cemetery that was so crowded that these were all the photos I could take without anyone being in the image! Believe me, it wasn't that exciting and after ten minutes we were ready to leave!

Puna Yellowfinch
  
 Our next stop was the reason why we came on this tour to see the largest salt flats in the world! One minute your on a dirt track and the next your traveling over the flats that seemed to end over the horizon! The sun was burning down and we spent most of the time out of the 4x4 on the flats taking photos. As you would expect there were lots of folks doing what we were doin or were we doin what they were doin? Including lunch we spent a good two hours in this area before moving on. I let the photos do you talking..

The number 1 ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard is called 'KRIS!' I had it with every meal including on my crisps although I got told off when I squirted it into the drivers eye while we were driving at night! It wasn't my fault. I asked for cheese onion and they gave me a block of cheese and a slice of onion! All they did have was salt and vinegar crisp and don't like the taste. So I put more ketchup on each crisp to get a better taste. It worked until the light inside didn't work no longer and I put the bloody mustard on instead! It a good job that didn't squirt in the drivers eye!









Having lunch





We had a bit fun with the camera on the flats

Anna found her Russian Federation flag


And I had the right T-shirt on in support of Palestine!




It's another from Mark Lanegan this time with Martinas Topley-bird Martina Gillian Topley-Bird (born Martina Gillian Topley; 7 May 1975)[1] is an English vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who first gained fame as the featured female vocalist on trip hop pioneer Tricky's debut album, Maxinquaye (1995). She also worked with him on his subsequent albums Nearly God and Pre-Millennium Tension (1996). In 2003, Topley-Bird released her debut solo album, Quixotic, which was critically praised and earned her a Mercury Prize nomination.
This was followed by Anything (2004), The Blue God (2008), and Some Place Simple (2010). She has also collaborated with Gorillaz, appearing on their album Demon Days (2005), as well as with Mark LaneganDiplo, and Massive Attack on Heligoland (2010), which she followed by a world tour with the group. Her work has been sampled by such artists as Stephen Marley, Berry Weight, and The Weeknd.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Red-footed Falcon moves to St Martins

1st summer male Red-footed Falcon relocated by Doug Wright at Bread and Cheese Pickled Onion Sandwich Bay, St Martins on the 30th May

  Two days ago, Ren and I made our ways up to Deep Point in the early evening to twitch Bob Dawsons Short-toed Lark that he came across on the short turf. Here we joined Robin and Martin and we found that the lark proved to be very flighty. We did get it on the deck very briefly before it flew off. While we were searching for it, I kicked a Quail from below my feet and shouted to the others who managed to see it before it disappeared over behind the headland. We also had a female Cuckoo.

  On the 30th May, the Red-rumped Swallow that was first seen on Bryher, 27th before moving to Tresco for the next two days was relocated in the evening at Porth Hellick. Here I caught up with it briefly at the crossroads. It had gone 21.00 and Martin and I decided to go and if we could see the 2 Night Heron that was seen earlier in the pool area. We didn't have to wait long as the 2nd summer came in followed by the adult. Both birds were still present yesterday in the same area.

  Also on the 30th, Doug Wright relocated the 1st summer Red-footed Falcon at Bread and Cheese Pickled Onion Cove, St Martins!




Bob 'Dazzler' Dawson found this Short-toed Lark at Deep Point. The second he's found this year! 



Bob Dawson also trapped this Private Hawkmoth 

Male Stonechat

Clouds


Peter Kirkham, a former senior officer with MET police has states repeatedly that Theresa May is lying about how many armed police units there are, after 7 years of cuts. He said the armed response to Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge was fantastic, but you would not see that type of response elsewhere in the country and cover is threadbare. 


MILLIONAIRE AMBER RUDD, WITH HER TAX HAVENS, YESTERDAY SUCCESSFULLY ASKED THE CHAIR TO INTERVENE AT A HUSTINGS IN RYE TO SILENCE AN OPPOSING CANDIDATE, WILSON,  FOR EXPOSING HER AND MAYS HUSBAND AND HSBC TO THEIR LINKS TO 'TERRORIST FUNDERS' SAUDI ARABIA! If you don't know already, we did a 3 billion arms deal with the Saudi's. These weapons are then used to blow up 1000s of children in Yemen. Also, these weapons are passed on to ISIS! This is what the gentleman was pointing out telling the crowd in the hall that this is contributing to the attacks  in the UK! However, Rudd was having none of it and with the help of the chair, was interrupted and told to stop to the disappointment of the crowd who asked for him to continue telling the truth about the Tory Party and your high street banks.