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Saturday, 27 November 2021

A little breezy on the North Coast!

Despite the very strong winds and several long stints sea watching, there was nothing else to report by sundown. Perhaps tomorrow morning's better weather might produce a few more seabirds...

Sea watching at Sheringham...

Linda and I are staying in a terrific apartment on the front at Sheringham: just for a couple of nights, but it's become a regular event. The balcony has uninterrupted sea views and - despite the cold - we  spent three hours looking out towards the wind farms. There were some good 'fly-bys', but almost everything was telescopic, with only a couple of Gannets close enough for photos. Highlights so far have been a probable Sooty Shearwater, two Red-necked Grebes and two Black-throated Divers (or perhaps the same one east and then west!). Only a handful of Auks, which seems surprising...

Friday, 26 November 2021

Banksy at Cromer!

Linda and I took a long-overdue walk along the prom at Cromer to look at the famous Banksy 'spraycation' piece. Amazingly, despite being so close to the waves, this amusing graffito is still in fabulous condition.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Black Guillemot at Cley

A snatched morning out for Brian and me found us at the Cley Coastguards in time to see the long-staying Black Guillemot drifting rapidly eastwards. An hour's seawatch added a few odds and ends: Golden Plovers, Ringed Plovers, Eiders, a single Scoter and Dunlin, while the Serpentine held a family group of Whooper Swans. A flock of Brents that landed on Cricket Marsh seemed to have a Black Brant with them. 

A walk out to the Jordan hide at Holkham wasn't too productive: a decent tit flock and a pair of Great Egrets were the highlights.

Another beautiful pre-dawn Moon...

More gorgeous crater fields: hand-held 300mm prime. Just imagine what some of you with really big 'glass' could achieve!

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Those far-away Norfolk hills....

As Linda and I were driving towards Potter Heigham today, the distant edge of a stratus cloud front looked for all the world like a range of hills: there were even features resembling roads and woodland! 

Norfolk is a beautiful place to live, but (apart from the Cromer-Holt ridge) it does lack elevation to add contrast to the landscape.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

A diamond necklace in the southern sky

Just after sunset tonight (and for a few nights to come) three of the brightest objects in the heavens - Jupiter, Saturn and Venus - were strung out along the ecliptic above the southern horizon. With binoculars or a telescope two more planets - Neptune and Uranus - will also be visible, in Aquarius and Aries respectively.

Great Grey Shrike at Waxham

Linda and I had business near Waxham, so we decided to take advantage of the fine weather to take a look at the long-staying Great Grey Shrike. Although 'somewhat' distant, this handsome bird put on a good show, hunting around its favoured straw stack.

Fabulous crater fields!

This morning the terminator (line between the illuminated and dark area of the Moon) passed through a rich field full of rills, mountain ranges and craters. The complex crater Janssen was particularly impressive!

Monday, 22 November 2021

More Moonshots!

This morning's Moon (low in the west) compared to last night's: note how the terminator has moved to cover Mare Crisium...

Sunday, 21 November 2021

The International Space Station in November

Here are the times of the ISS for the rest of the month: it occasionally passes close to Jupiter and Saturn. (Times are for East Norfolk: these will differ by a few seconds elsewhere in the  southern UK.)

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Hemblington Church Bird Survey: slim pickings!

Not unexpectedly, this year's November wildlife survey was pretty much unpolluted by birdlife! The absence of any thrushes whatsoever was a little surprising, but, to be fair, it was a dreary, cold day...