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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Iridescent Clouds and a Lonely Phalarope

Iridescent Clouds and a Lonely Phalarope

Thanks to Barry and Judith for arranging the excellent LG Group trip to Saltholme and Hartlepool last Sunday.
I have posted a small album of photos of the more obliging birds we saw; one of the tree sparrow at the Visitors Centre entrance, the water rail and marsh harrier from the Wildlife Watchpoint, the not so obliging merlin from the gate by The Saltholme Pools hide. From Hartlepool Headland, one of the many turnstones and the lonely grey phalerope.
There is also a poor snap of the cloud phenomenon noticed on the right of the coach on the A19. Apparently, it's termed an "iridescent cloud" and is caused by sunlight refracting through high clouds of fine water or ice droplets.
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Robin Ball

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