Dunnocks, and bye bye bird photography hide


Dunnock, 10 June 2016

This, my last blog post on the various bird species we saw on 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide is about dunnocks. Like this one at the pond.

Dunnock, on 10 June 2016

Bird photo hide, 10 June 2016

We took one last look at the hide, before packing our gear and leaving late in the afternoon.

Plants outside photo hide, 10 June 2016

We left, passing the plants outside the hide.

Probably, we will be back there some time.

White wagtails at bird photography hut


White wagtail, 10 June 2016

Among the various bird species at the bird photography hide on 10 June 2016 were white wagtails as well. Like this one at the pond.

White wagtail, on 10 June 2016

White wagtail, at pond on 10 June 2016

White wagtail, at pond on 10 June 2016

First Jupiter photo by Juno spacecraft


First Jupiter photo by Juno spacecraft

From NASA in the USA:

July 12, 2016

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away.

“This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter‘s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “We can’t wait to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles.”

The new view was obtained on July 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 UTC), when the spacecraft was 2.7 million miles (4.3 million kilometers) from Jupiter on the outbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. The color image shows atmospheric features on Jupiter, including the famous Great Red Spot, and three of the massive planet’s four largest moons — Io, Europa and Ganymede, from left to right in the image.

“JunoCam will continue to take images as we go around in this first orbit,” said Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator from the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona. “The first high-resolution images of the planet will be taken on August 27 when Juno makes its next close pass to Jupiter.”

JunoCam is a color, visible-light camera designed to capture remarkable pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops. As Juno’s eyes, it will provide a wide view, helping to provide context for the spacecraft’s other instruments. JunoCam was included on the spacecraft specifically for purposes of public engagement; although its images will be helpful to the science team, it is not considered one of the mission’s science instruments.

The Juno team is currently working to place all images taken by JunoCam on the mission’s website, where the public can access them.

During its mission of exploration, Juno will circle the Jovian world 37 times, soaring low over the planet’s cloud tops — as close as about 2,600 miles (4,100 kilometers). During these flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

JPL manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Michael Ravine of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, is the JunoCam instrument lead. …

To see a full video of Jupiter and the Galilean moons during Juno’s approach to Jupiter, see:

More information on the Juno mission is available here.

The public can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter.

Blackbirds, thrush at bird photography hide


Blackbird, 10 June 2016

Among the various bird species on 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide were blackbirds as well. Like these ones, drinking at the pond.

Blackbird at pond, 10 June 2016

Blackbird at the pond, 10 June 2016

Blackbird bathing at pond, 10 June 2016

They liked bathing there as well.

Blackbird bathing at the pond, 10 June 2016

Mistle thrush, 10 June 2016

A blackbird relative visited the pond as well: this mistle thrush.

Robins at bird photography hide


Robin, 10 June 2016

One of the various bird species at the bird photography hide on 10 June 2016 were robins. Like this adult at the pond.

Young robin, 10 June 2016

And this juvenile on a log.

Young robin, on 10 June 2016

Contrary to adults, young robins don’t have red breasts.

Robins, 10 June 2016

Young robin near hide, 10 June 2016

Robin bathing, 10 June 2016

The robins liked bathing as well.

Robin bathing, on 10 June 2016

Nuthatch’s life saved at bird photo hide


Nuthatch, 10 June 2016

On 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide, there were many birds. Including this nuthatch.

Nuthatch, on 10 June 2016

Nuthatch, afternoon 10 June 2016

That was in the morning. Quite some nuthatches came all day; including this one in the afternoon.

Then, disaster. A nuthatch does not notice the window of the hide, and collides with it. It falls into the pond. Don’t let it drown! We grabbed the bird out of the water and put it on the bank of the pond. Close to us, no predators expected here. Too close for the telephoto lens. Is it dying; is it dead? No, it still breathes. Its eyes move a bit.

Then, it turns it head and looks at us. Again, later. About half an hour passes. Then, it turns it head to look at us again. Then, it flies off! I hope it did not suffer any permanent damage.

From eNatureBlog in the USA:

Do You Know What To Do When Birds Collide With Your Windows?

Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by eNature

As spring continues and bird activity is peaking, you’ve probably noticed birds colliding with your windows, especially if you live in a wooded area.

This is a common but huge problem that takes the lives of millions of birds annually.

What can you do to keep birds from your windows?

And what should you do if you see a bird collide with your window?

Our birding expert, George Harrison (the birder, not the Beatle!) offers some tips below…..

How To Keep Birds From Hitting Windows

Window collisions occur when a flying bird sees the refection of the yard or sky in the glass and flies into it. Anything that will reduce or eliminate these reflections in the glass will reduce bird collisions.

Some people hang shiny streamers or fine screening on the windows during peak migration periods. Others cloud the glass with soap. If the house is under construction, the windows can be installed tilting downward slightly to reduce reflections.

Other people paste silhouettes of hawks, owls, or spider webs on the windows, which is effective only around the area where the silhouette is located. Locating feeders on or near the windows will reduce the speed at which birds hit the glass.

What To Do If A Bird Hits Your Window

George states, “It has been my experience that only one out of ten collisions is fatal.” He adds that usually the bird is stunned, falls to the ground, and begins a period of recovery that may take up to an hour.

During that recovery period, the bird is vulnerable to hawks, house cats, or weather conditions. Some hawks have learned a hunting strategy of swooping down on active bird feeders, causing the birds to panic in all directions, including into windows, where they become easy prey.

To protect a stunned bird that has hit a window, George suggests covering it with a large kitchen sieve. The bird is less visible and is confined, allowing it time to recover. When the bird attempts to leave the sieve, it has recovered enough to be liberated.