Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
NB. A day later. After a little more research on the web, and after being told an interesting tit-bit of information by a colleague, it seems that Winston Churchill may have introduced the Black Swan to Blighty, at his country residence, Chartwell.
Lifted from the web:
"Out in the garden is a small lake with an island that Churchill helped to build himself. Unusually for England there are black swans resident in the lake. The original swans were a gift to Churchill from the people of Australia in recognition of his wartime achievments. He was very proud of them and their successors are there today".
The Black Swan means "Perth" (Western Australia) to Australians, in the same way that the Kangaroo means "Australia as a whole". There is an ancient Western Australian legend that explains the origin of the Black Swans. Allegedly a pair of White Swans stole some Eagles' boomerangs. The Eagles were so furious that they plucked those White Swans alive. Their blood stained their bills, and so concerned were the local Crows, that they covered the Swans in their own black feathers...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
After a good ten or so clear nights recently, its pretty cloudy today (at least where I am), so we'll just have to cross our fingers, and hope this grey sky clears as the day and night go on.
Its not as user friendly as the spectacular eclipse of March 3rd 2007, which was completely clear of cloud, and at a more respectable time of about 10pm.
Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse will begin about 1:30am, totality will occur at 03:26am, and it will all be over until the next time, by about 05:15am ish.
Your next chance to see a Total Lunar Eclipse in the UK?
December 21st 2010.
Make the most of this one if you can...
NB. (The next day). Unfortunately, here in Reading, whilst at 11pm the sky was clear, if very hazy, by 11:10pm, we had pretty thick cloud cover on and off - so no view for us this time...
Lets hope December 21st 2010 will be better eh?
Later still. I have just (12pm on the 21st) found out that my "statcounter" (the facility to record visitors to BG found right at the very bottom of the page of the blog - under the feeds) crashed this morning, what with all the hits I was getting with specific reference to last night's lunar eclipse.
I've reset it now, but it is even more of a shame I couldn't see it last night and pop some photographs on the blog, eh?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
All these newly emerged Hoverflies, Ladybirds, Butterflies (Primroses seen in places already - but not by me yet), Bumblebees (saw a big queen "Buff-tail" in the garden yesterday) and Weevils (one of the back fence yesterday also) are going to find it tough this weekend - VERY tough.
From 15c to 4c (daytime temp) in two days, and no warming sun either.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I didn't manage to video them giving each other presents of weed (thats the next stage) or actual copulation (the final stage), but I'm really happy to have caught a bit of their famous dance on video.
I've uploaded both videos to my youtube channel - visible at the bottom of "Blue-Grey", or by clicking "My youtube channel" on the links section.
They are labelled "Podiceps cristatus" (the latin name for a Great Crested Grebe), which (as I've mentioned before), literally means "Crested Anus-foot".
I hope you enjoy watching them...