Tim Melling – Cormorants

Tim writes: there are a lot of fishing ponds near to where I live which makes Cormorants rather wary.  So I was really surprised when this Cormorant continued to dry its wings while I took its photograph.  And this was on a stocked lake full of anglers.  The microscopic structure of Cormorant feathers makes them…

NEWS: RSPB prepares to shift position on gamebird shooting

At yesterday’s RSPB AGM, Kevin Cox, the Chair of Council made the following announcement; There is growing concern about the environmental impact (including for carbon, water and biodiversity) of intensive forms of game bird shooting and associated land management practices.  This includes both driven grouse moor management (which involves shooting our native red grouse) and…

Tim Melling – Grey-headed Albatross

Tim writes: this is a Grey-headed Albatross photographed at Shag Rocks, which is 150 miles west of South Georgia, where it breeds.  It is a rare albatross whose world population was estimated at 250,000 individuals back in 2004, but the population is on a downward trajectory so it is likely to be much rarer than…

Time jerks

Remember that tonight the clocks go back – actually you’d better check that, as I find it difficult to work out from first principles which way the time-change goes (I know, I’m a bit thick). But it’s definitely different tomorrow. I think that changing the clocks twice a year is one of the clearest examples…