30 Days Wild 2017

Thirty days, thirty 30-second sound bites.

A short sharp break from the hot weather as rain and thunder moves in.

Lunchtime stroll over the Lady Julian Bridge in Norwich.

Not as hot today. The woodland walk by the River Wensum was full of birdsong.

Back to work after a break and back to walking along the Marriott’s Way. I heard a fair bit of flapping and commotion and looked up to see two Jays attacking a Crow of some kind.
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30 days Wild

The Wildlife Trusts in the UK are challenging us all to go wild for the thirty days of June.

My plan is to record a 30 second soundbite on each day and upload it onto my Soundcloud  page.

Once the challenge is over I plan to do some a little special with the recordings, but you’ll have to wait until the end of the month to find out what!

So on the eve of this fun challenge, here’s a little taster of what I think is a Long-Tailed Tit on the Marriott’s Way in Norwich that I heard on my way home this evening.

How I took that Photograph

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at The Forum in Norwich has been an inspiration to photographers of all ages. Social media is full of amazing shots of the Moon, taken from every angle. Except one, that is. Above it.

But not anymore.

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Looking down on Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

I’m lucky enough to work at The Forum so it wasn’t too difficult to persuade someone to get me onto the roof right over the moon. I knew exactly what I wanted, a clear view looking down on part of the moon with occupied deck chairs close by in a semi circle. (more…)

Up On the Roof

Norwich has some wonderful buildings that require close examination. However, sometimes it’s nice to step back, or step up, and take a look at them from a distance.

I was on the roof of The Forum taking pictures of the Museum of the Moon, which is currently on display for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, so I took advantage of my elevated view to grab some images looking over our fine city. (more…)

Mousehold Heath – May 2017

A brisk Saturday morning walk up to the Post Office to collect a parcel was made all the more enjoyable by a diversion via Mousehold Heath.

Considering it’s locality to the busy A1042 Mousehold Lane, once you get into the woodland the traffic noise is absorbed by the trees and shrubs and soon the morning birdsong becomes the dominant sound.

This morning I was stopped in my tracks by a call I didn’t recognise. So tune full – perhaps a Song Thrush, yet so varied I wondered if it was a mimicking Starling. Perhaps you can identify it for me.

Postscript

Many thanks to to Ursula, Nick and Ian who have confirmed that the bird is indeed a Song Thrush.

International Dawn Chorus Day – LIVE

It’s been a great morning at Cley-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk for International Dawn Chorus Day.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust site at Cley. played host to the broadcast.

You’ll be able to hear it again later today.

In the meantime this was the live blog I did during the broadcast.

6:15 – That’s it for this year. Thank you for listening and/or reading. See you in 2018!

6:03 – The sun is casting a wonderful light across the marshes which seems to have had a calming effect n our feathered friends. All seems very peaceful. Just the odd little chatter of avocets and a gentle rustle of the reeds. And I think I may have even heard the sound of cattle drifting over the morning breeze.

6:00 – As we move into the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast the shelducks are getting restless and the avocets are busy hunting for breakfast. I can only dream of mine, which is another 3 hours away.

5:50 – That incredible sound was the swan making an exit out over the avocets and terns. (more…)