Archive for September 4, 2013

An afternoon walk in Regents Park.

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Amazingly hot weather and everything (me included0 was trying to keep in the shade. Consequently not much bird activity. Highlight of the day was a number of Brown Hawkers in the Wetland Pen (a year tick). Brown Hawker is one of the easiest Dragonflies to identify as in flight it appears totally brown and it is the only Dragonfly (in UK at least) with brown Wings. Also good numbers of Speckled Wood Butterflies on the wing.

Brown Hawker Dragonfly in flight 5
Brown Hawker
Photo by Tony Hisgett (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/)

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 04/09/2013 13:00
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Stock Dove [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

City of Truro was a class 4-4-0 engine built for the GWR. It left Swindon works in 1903 and worked a variety of different duties. It was one of the first locomotives to reach 100mph, when in May 1904 it was timed at 8.8 seconds between quarter mile posts – this equates to a speed of 102.3 mph.

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It was withdrawn from service in 1931 and was surprisingly sent to the LNER museum at York for preservation (The GWR seemingly uninterested in preserving this historic locomotive). In a bizarre turn about it was renovated in 1957 and return to BR usage for pulling excursion trains and also operating some timetabled services. It was withdrawn for a second time in 1961. It went first to the GWR museum at Swindon and then in 1984 to the NRM at York. In 2004 it was overhauled and returned to working order and spent 7 years primarily on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway before returning to NRM in 2011.


3717 at LLangollen Railway Gala 2010
video by danlefou (http://www.youtube.com/user/danlefou?feature=watch)