Swallow Pi

I’ve wanted to use Raspberry Pi in my MPhil research for a while. So, being a new comer to it all, I’ve decided to keep it simple and try to use the R-Pi NOIR camera module to examine nest attendance; both during the incubation and chick rearing stages. Before deploying it properly a test run at a swallow nest in which the young haven’t long…

A morning with Banded Demoiselles

With a busy indoor day ahead of me, there was nothing for it but to slip out early for a short stroll . My destination was the short stretch of  the old Glamorganshire Canal as it runs through the grounds of Cardiff Castle. In its hey day the Glamorganshire Canal was a busy and important piece of…

Good Hunch!

Well I had hoped that there was a swallow ringed elsewhere by someone else lurking at the stables, and there was! This gorgeous male is a proper control – i.e. not form down the road! This is the second swallow I’ve caught in as many years that has been ringed by someone else. Last year…

Cardiff’s swallow season so far

As we enter the second week of June, its as good a time as any to see how swallow season 2014 is progressing at Cardiff Riding School. The answer is quite simply, not that great. Although12 first broods have been initiated, which is fairly average for this time of year, a much higher proportion are…