Saturday, July 12, 2014

Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)


The Harris's hawk or Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) formerly known as the bay-winged hawk or dusky hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey that breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina. Birds are sometimes reported at large in Western Europe, especially Britain, but it is a popular species in falconry and these records almost certainly all refer to escapes from captivity.

I found this one at Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno, North Wales.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Swans with Cygnets at New Islington


The New Islington Marina is centred on Old Mill Street in an area of Ancoats that has seen considerable urban regeneration since the Millennium. The marina services both the Ashton Canal on one side and the Rochdale Canal on this side, although there is no direct connection here between the two canals. In the background is a large apartment block in a converted mill and known as the "Chips" building.

Hardly visible (click on image for full size version) on the left hand side shrouded in scaffolding is the distressed Ancoats Dispensary which began life in 1828 as the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary on Great Ancoats Street. It moved to this building on Old Mill Street in 1869, in order to serve the influx of people who came to the Ancoats area during Manchester's industrial hey-day. The hospital finally closed its doors in 1996 and the dispensary building is the last remaining in the area. A group Ancoats Dispensary Trust was formed in 2012 with the aim of saving the building.


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Peacock at Blackpool Zoo


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High Tide behind Water Wings


This a follow up post from Sunset behind Water Wings.

Water Wings by Bruce Williams is one of the installations for the Great Promenade Show. It was designed to be viewed in motion from the adjacent tram track and road, the photographic image of a swimming child laser cut into an 8m long curved stainless steel screen gradually resolves and disappears again as the viewer moves past.

One commentator wondered what was behind it. The answer is the sea. Around it is the promenade and in front of it is the tram line and the main road is front of that.

You can see it in the fifth photograph of my post back in April 2013.

This and the earlier image were taken in June 2013.

The coloured original of this photograph can be seen on Geograph.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sunset behind Water Wings

(click on image to view full size)

Water Wings by Bruce Williams is one of the installations for the Great Promenade Show. It was designed to be viewed in motion from the adjacent tram track and road, the photographic image of a swimming child laser cut into an 8m long curved stainless steel screen gradually resolves and disappears again as the viewer moves past.

The Great Promenade Show was part of a complete reconstruction of Blackpool's South Promenade in 2001 which incorporated a major series of new public art works commissioned by Blackpool Borough Council, and described by them as "an outdoor gallery of contemporary art". Ten large-scale permanent works were installed at special viewing points along the well-designed new 2km walkway.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pelican at Blackpool Zoo


Eastern White Pelicans (Pelecanus ononcrotalus) live in large colonies with up to 50,000 pairs. They spend the early hours of the morning fishing until about 9am. The rest of the day is spent preening, bathing and resting.

I came across these a year ago but have only just now got round to sorting through the photographs.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Squirrel in Victoria Park, Denton


I was recently in Victoria Park, Denton when I saw this squirrel and quickly zoomed in to take this photograph.


It was trying to keep a low profile in between the curved access ramp on the right and the steps out of the park on the left.


I moved around to the stepped exit to the Town Hall and was able to capture another view before it shot off into the shrubbery.


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two swans at Bowness on Windermere


The MV Swan is a sister ship to MV Teal. She was constructed by Vickers Armstrong of Barrow-in-Furness on behalf of the LMS railway. The vessel made her maiden voyage on June 24th 1938 when she carried delegates to the 37th Annual Conference of the Municipal Tramways and Transport Association on a charter from Lakeside. Swan and Teal operate today under the Windermere Lake Cruises flag.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Blackpool Gull


A seagull poses for a photograph by the North Pier at Blackpool.

Click on the photo for a larger version.

This was taken on an evening in June 2013 but I've only just got round to looking at the hundreds of photographs I took then.

The bird may or may not be one of the ones featured in my photo of the pier on sithenah.

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