Loughborough Cruisers Classic Car Show

Some photos from back on June 15th at the classic car show.

Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Gentry

Triumph Dolomite

Triumph Dolomite

Pontiac

Pontiac

Lambretta GT125

Lambretta GT125

Jaguar MkII

Jaguar MkII

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford V8 Pilot

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Consul & Jaguar MkII

Ford Capri

Ford Capri

The Blacksmith's Arms

The Blacksmith’s Arms

Bedford CA

Bedford CA

For music lovers… Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac

Phoenix

After the disaster of last season football fans in Hinckley have a team to support again… Hinckley AFC. A good crowd of 215 saw an entertaining and hard fought game at Heather St John’s FC, where Hinckley AFC are groundsharing this season. Despite the loss and the fact they put out two distinct teams they held their own against a much bigger club. Good luck for the season!

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

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Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

Hinckley AFC 0-2 Tamworth

 

Ivor Viggen

Hot on the heels of my last post from RAF Waddington comes a bit more Swedish Noir… this time in the form of one of my all-time favourite aircraft the Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7 of the Swedish Airforce Historical Flight. What a supberb aircraft and what a display. It took me back to my aircraft modelling days of the 70s and also the scream put both Dave and I in mind of the Angel Interceptors on Captain Scarlett.

Viggen has an interesting translation into English. It can mean Thunderbolt but it can equally mean Tufted Duck… I think the Saab 37 Tufted Duck didn’t go down well with the Airforce top brass!

Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7

Saab AJS37 Viggen 52-7

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The Draken Wakes

Wow! It’s been so long… I’m afraid the birding blues are still persisting but yesterday Dave Gray and I went to RAF Waddington for the Waddington International Airshow 2014. Birds of a different kind I suppose. We did have Meadow Pipits doing their parachute display… I bet not many others witnessed the only parachute display of the day due to the early rain. We also had a rather splendid raptor (that I won’t name) display over the runway while the B17 Flying Fortress did her thing (we both have some photos for the Lincs recorder).

One of the highlights for me was a fantastic display from the Swedish Air Force Saab SK35C Draken 810-16.

Saab SK35C Draken 810-16

Saab SK35C Draken 810-16

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Forgive Me Father

It’s been over a month since my last blog post. In all honesty I’ve just not been bothered by birding of late and even only the second County Glossy Ibis couldn’t tempt me out.

Today however a Twitter message as I finished work alerted me to a County first… a Pied-billed Grebe at Rutland Water. Well, it’d be rude not to. A quick dash along the A47 and I was soon enjoying a summer-plumaged adult. Get in!

After a few minutes watching it was time to get out the excellent Phone Skope iPhone adaptor marketed by Newpro. Clipping my phone in was quick and easy and there’s no way the phone is coming out once it’s in. The eyepiece ring is interchangeable depending on your chosen spotting scope. The fit on my Kowa 883 is perfect straight from the packaging. So, set up in seconds, I was getting some excellent results even at distance.

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All the images and video were taken at 60x magnification.

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Sun Arise Come Every Mornin’

Out with Minnie Mü this morning on our usual walk around Stafford Orchard when the sunrise was just stunning. Time for a few comparative shots with the iPhone4S camera apps.

First up was the camera+ app… nice but the colours are a bit cool.

Sunrise Camera+

Sunrise Camera+

Next I tried the Pro HDR app – this makes the whole scene more balanced across the tonal range but lacks the oomph of a sunrise.

Sunrise Pro HDR

Sunrise Pro HDR

Finally I used, what is becoming a bit of a favourite 645PRO. This replicates a medium format camera (though you can a range of ratios, from square to 16×7). I used the 645 ratio with V50 colour film.

Sunrise 645 PRO

Sunrise 645 PRO

To me without any editing, other than a crop, this is the best and getting the colours just right.

 

Bookshelf

Britain’s Day-Flying Moths

A field guide to the day-flying moths of Britain & Ireland

David Newland, Robert Still & Andy Swash

WildGuides/Princeton Press

ISBN 978-0-691-15832-7

Britain's Day-Flying Moths

Britain’s Day-Flying Moths

Over recent years there has been a real increase in birders becoming mothers, whist some birders may well have become mothers in the truest sense, I am putting the emphasis firmly on the last syllable… mothERS. To many, me included, moths present a huge ID challenge, indeed some are only identifiable by dissecting their genitalia – not for me. Consequently many birders give moths a miss and concentrate on butterflies and dragonflies in those lean summer months. If this is the case there is a group of moths, mostly just as colourful as the butterflies and very easily seen. These are the day-flying moths. These are often confused with butterflies by many (The Valley of Butterflies on Rhodes is in fact a site for 100000s of Jersey Tiger moths).

This handy guide follows the usual WildGuides format and allows you to identify confidently most of the insects you will encounter in the field or even the garden. A useful introduction looks at the separation of moths and butterflies before looking at moth biology; the naming of moths and their taxonomy. The introduction then focuses on identifying moths, looking at habitat and has a handy section on gardening for moths (and other insects by default).

Before the species accounts proper there is a useful glossary of terms. The species accounts themselves start with an introduction to the species family. Each moth then gets a full page with a large photograph and a small inset photo if there is a confusion species. The text guides the reader through all you need to find and identify the moth. There is a quick reference guide down the right-hand of the page with a distribution map. The photographs are universally excellent and annotated to highlight key ID features.

Speckled Yellow

Speckled Yellow

At the end of the book is a list of day-flying moths with quick references to habitat, flight season, larval food plant and conservation status. There then follows a section on conservation, legislation and recording. For those wanting to get more involved there is a section for further reading and useful websites before a comprehensive index.

Finally the inside of the rear cover has a handy life size comparisons plate of the main species families. The book also comes with a weatherproof plastic cover.

Life Size Comparisons

Life Size Comparisons

This is truly a field guide to slip into your bag or pocket and use in the field – get a copy and get ready to enjoy some moths this Spring.

John Hague