Unlike my usual luck when arranging Nature Outings for the RPS, the weather remained fine and warm on Sunday and the Short-Eared Owls behaved and appeared on cue on Burwell Fen. I missed the best shots of the day when one SEO camer very close as the Highland Cattle were between me and the owl!! We also enjoyed great view of Yellow Hammer, Stonechat and Reed Buntings who were displaying well.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Our two visits to Wicken recently have been in bright sunny weather with wonderful reflections. I enjoyed photographing the various ducks and water birds - the female Shoveller is wonderfully camouflaged in the reeds while the males stand out more. In the Gadwall, both sexes are well camouflaged (male shown). Coots will be obvious wherever they are perhaps related to the fact they are very territorial. Last two photos are of the noisiest species present during our water watching - the Little Grebes who were calling continuously and doing quite a lot of fighting and displays.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
We were hoping for a colourful sunset at Welney yesterday but a bank of clouds dulled the colours. However, there were still enough colour to giver interesting images and after the floodlights went on, the water took on a deep blue hue.
The sunny weather continued for our visit to Welney. The bright light certainly showed off the plumage of the ducks well including Mallard (feeding, preening and mating), Tufted, Pochard and an escapee Collared Teal. Swans (to follow) were more difficult until the light levels dropped.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
We wondered what the Owls made of the unseasonably warm sunshine yesterday - they certainly weren't put off hunting on a beautiful golden evening. A Kestrel waited around hoping to steal any catch and a grumpy heron sat among the Konig ponies.
Friday, February 22, 2019
From 1938, the quarry was an open mining system for limestone and Vasalemma marble, a specific kind of limestone resembling marble.
When the pumps were turned off in the 1990s, the quarry quickly filled with groundwater, forming a lake, immersing some of the utility buildings and machinery. Next to the lake is the Vasalemma spoil tip (slag heap). Over time, the spoil tip assumed a lunar appearance through erosion by water.
Since 2015, Architecture students from Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) have been discussing ideas and drafting several possible sketches and proposals of what the abandoned area of the quarry could become in the future. As of 2017, the owners of the property are planning a technology park.
In 1988, this An-12 Soviet transport plane was donated to the Keila Model Flying Club. It performed its last flight from Lvov to Tallinn airport where it was partially disassembled, transfered to Keila by road and reassembled again at the current location.