Monday, October 19, 2009

Oxenhope... Contrail vis... last few weeks.

The long awaited Contrail Vis update for the aviation enthusiasts!.... Skies over the last few weeks have been mainly overdrawn or alternatively very hazy... thus whilst much of great interest has passed and been seen at this crossing of the ways, there has been little opportunity for a photographic record. Here are a few record shots through the cloud and haze just to keep the interest going. In addition the birds have been taking up most of the time and you cant do it all. Some of the details are to follow! (c) 2009

Delta Airlines USA... the "Habitat" livery (c) 2009

Turkish Airlines (c) 2009

Red Arrows... distant fly past north... only five of the nine were seen (c) 2009

Northwest Airlines (USA) (c) 2009

Ethiad Airways....Abu Dhabi.... UAR (c) 2009

RyanAir (c) 2009

Air India going NNW (c) 2009

Onur Air... Turkey (c) 2009

Atlas Air (Cargo USA) (c) 2009

Great Wall Airlines (cargo China) (c) 2009

Icelandair (Iceland) (c) 2009

El Al... Israel Airlines (c) 2009
Dave and Howard


Oxenhope... further reduction! 19-10-2009

Sunrise today!!! a none event (c) 2009

Stratus nebulosus translucidus with lower fractus (c) 2009

The "environs" of the watchpoint! (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Monday 19 October 2009
Counting period: 7:15-12:00
Weather: SSW F4 rising F5, 8degC, 10km (deep haze) increasing 20km, recent light rain, 9/8 complex sky, QNH 1011 falling
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber

Moving Birds:
Cormorant 2 -
Herring Gull 4 -
Redwing 240 -
Goosander 3 -
Woodpigeon 5 -
Starling - 594
Lapwing 3 -
Meadow Pipit 26 -
Chaffinch 18 -
Black-headed Gull 57 -
alba wagtail sp. 7 -
Brambling 2 -
Common Gull 7 -
Fieldfare 661 -
Greenfinch 23 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 -
Song Thrush 1 -
Goldfinch 2 -

Totals: 1657 individuals, 18 species, 4:45 hours

Present: Willow Warbler 1

Comments: Not a good morning to observe the vis due to poor weather conditions. Again a reduction of apparent numbers on the move. All thrushes going west today. The only birds with a northerly movement component being Starlings just as usual.