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David Bradley



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Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:14:00 +0000

 



Photographing birds in flight

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:14:00 +0000

Unless, you have been avoiding me this year, you will know I have been photographing a lot of birds. Well over 120 native and migrant species in the UK so far. I am stockpiling the best photos for my forthcoming book: “Chasing Wild Geese“. One thing that everyone but the most experienced photographers struggle with … Continue reading "Photographing birds in flight"



The Element in the Room

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:23:32 +0000

Festival of the Spoken Nerd’s Helen Arney and Steve Mould have a puntastic pop science book out now. All the science-y stuff staring you in the face. From their website: The Element In The Room takes you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled and irreverent adventure to explain the elements of science that other books ignore, with … Continue reading "The Element in the Room"



What is quizbait?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:15:39 +0000

Some time ago, I coined the term “quizbait” as a portmanteau of quiz and bait, along the links of clickbait and linkbait, the kind of trivial end point you reach when you get suckered into following a URL to something trivial, untrustworthy or fake. It’s everywhere and as my incredibly social media savvy friend Jo … Continue reading "What is quizbait?"



From Ayer’s Rock to Uluru

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:27:00 +0000

It’s almost 28 years to the day that Mrs Sciencebase and myself (although we weren’t Mr&Mrs at the time and Sciencebase didn’t exist) backpacked our way around Australia. Greyhounding from Melbourne to Adelaide, North through Coober Pedy to the Red Centre, Alice and Uluru, onward to the Top End via Kakadu to Darwin, then back … Continue reading "From Ayer’s Rock to Uluru"



Are great tit beaks really getting greater?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:47:48 +0000

Heard a news snippet on R4 this morning reporting on how Brits using bird feeders has apparently led to great tits (Parus major) evolving longer beaks. I read an article or two (National Geographic and The Guardian) to check out how the science was being reported elsewhere and then took at a look at the … Continue reading "Are great tit beaks really getting greater?"



Grace Darling

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:01:53 +0000

UPDATE: I re-recorded the song in its entirety after I gave it a “live outing” at the Cottenham Arts Night in October. On the 7th of September 1838, having set out from Hull on a journey to Dundee, the paddle steamer the SS Forfarshire with 61 aboard ran aground, with engine and other problems, in stormy … Continue reading "Grace Darling"



Popular on the internet

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:07:05 +0000

I used to be popular on the internet, 20000 visitors every day to this website, but then web 2.0 happened and social media and hundreds of other science blogs and splogs…sciencebase diluted. But, there might be salvation…according to a recent marketing study the subjects that people like to read about and share the most are … Continue reading "Popular on the internet"



Why has the sun gone red today?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:14:46 +0000

Odd weather we’re having right now. It’s 23 Celsius outside, albeit with a stiff wind-chill. The wind is apparently down to the ex-hurricane we know as Ophelia. The heat…definitely not what you’d expect for mid-October, more like late July, but probably a jet stream phenomenon combined with that tropical storm pushing warm air towards us … Continue reading "Why has the sun gone red today?"



Free “Chasing Wild Geese” sampler

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:53:51 +0000

You can get a FREE 10-bird PDF ebook sampler of my forthcoming book: Chasing Wild Geese: Spotting your first 100 birds by sending an email to birds@sciencebase.com or entering your email in the box above, the page will then redirect to the PDF for you to save to your device.



Three herons

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:02:54 +0000

You wait around all summer, waiting for a grey heron (Ardea cinerea) and then as the leaves start falling three come along all at once, cavorting and basking in the autumnal sunshine. They took flight when they saw me and the dog, but landed on the other side of the bridge, then began whirling back … Continue reading "Three herons"