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All set for the new December moon

Today both units have been switched on for the first time after the new December moon. There is always some trepidation until the alignment completes, especially after both units have spent a couple of weeks out there in the rain … Continue reading

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A September flutter…

Another of those tiny gems. This one fluttered across more than 45 frames  (1.5 seconds) on  the upper part of the moon. Something about its flutter and long wings makes me  think of a quail. Any ideas?

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Double shot

Amongst a zillion faint sightings, sometimes the patient moonwatcher gets rewarded with tiny gems of unusual sightings – perhaps a sighting that is in focus, or a bird that can be mapped to some species perhaps.  Or something like this … Continue reading

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Time for some rest…

November moon season is officially closed as of today as the moon is now too small for any relevant observations to be made. So, there is little left to do other than to wait for the new moon to grow … Continue reading

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Head in the clouds…..

It is a pity that over the past week or so we have not been very lucky with the weather. Even though the sky was generally clear, most nights were blighted with the passage of high clouds. The current scanner … Continue reading

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Lunaves, the results so far

Last week we were kindly invited to deliver an overview of the Lunaves initiative to the Birdlife Malta ringers group  – lots of good and encouraging feedback received.

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Aeroecology

According to Wikipedia ‘Aeroecology is the discipline for studying how airborne life forms depend on the support of the lower atmosphere’.  There is also a Facebook group dedicated to this ‘ology’ as well: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aeroecology/359062474194572 And although it has far less ‘likes’ than … Continue reading

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Sandstorm alert

The sky has just started clearing up across the Malta. Both Hamrun and Zurrieq station have clear views and are tracking. It does seem, from a distance, that it is quite windy, so the prospects for good migration for tonight seem … Continue reading

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As good as it gets….

Since the start of the project,  the main objective has always been that of being able to report on nocturnal migration, more or less as it happens. It has taken a while to get there…but here is the first, of … Continue reading

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Window of opportunity

Moonwatching is like birdwatching with a pair of blinkers. Just how restricted is the view? Earth and moon are about 397,000km apart and the diameter of the moon is 3500 km. What this effectively means is that at a point … Continue reading

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