Honey Moon?

Tonight we are supposedly seeing a very rare moon as it passes low in the sky. I doubt very much that Southern England is the best place to see anything and to be honest the moon looks very much as it usually does. It is low (well I photographed soon after moon rise so it would be low), but because of this it does pick up a good reddish-orange glow from the atmosphere. Both these shots will expand quite a bit if you click on them.

Honey moon

Honey moon

As for the day, the mini heatwave is continuing. There are swifts overhead and they always present a nice challenge in rapid contortionism as you follow them through the lens on their fast and erratic flight. A couple of shots from yesterday.

Swift in flight

Swift in flight

And one from today.

Swift in flight

The final shot is a cute one of two sleepy herring gull chicks settling down for a nap.

Herring gull chick

Camera note: Wildlife photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. The honey moon taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. derwandersmann June 14, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Nice shots, Words … I can’t single one out.

    • Words June 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks dW! I’m most taken with the sleepy gulls.

  2. Darko June 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Why it was a very rare moon? Yesterday I was reading about having a full moon on Friday the 13th is a very rare occasion but that’s just a superstition.

    Nice photos of swifts!

    • Words June 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      Darko, I’m not really sure why it’s so rare. Supposedly there hasn’t been one like it for almost 100 years, but the papers were very sketchy. I think it’s because it sat so low in the sky so the reflected light from the sun was unusual. But I don’t really know. Europe wasn’t the best place to see whatever it was that was special.

      • Darko June 18, 2014 at 3:38 am #

        Maybe it is about a very low tide. We were having one that I have never seen before in Vancouver. It was so low, we walked about 100m from the sea wall and I made some photos in the area where water is about 3m deep in a “normal” day o_O

        • Words June 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

          Darko, a low tide makes sense. I think the ‘event’ was how low the moon was which would presumably affect the tides.