Theguardian

Monday 10 August 2015

An abandoned industrial site hiding a wildlife haven

Threlkeld, Lake District The quarry walls here, below Blencathra, are of nutrient-rich microgranite, yielding a fertile soil for plant life to flourish

A steam locomotive sets out on a journey up the narrow gauge railway at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum.

 

Ian Hartland opens up the regulator as his saddle-tank locomotive attacks the incline of the quarry’s narrow gauge railway. Children in the carriages behind reach out to touch the foliage that brushes the little train as it chuff-chuffs its way up a gradient only slightly less steep than that of the wickedly inclined Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, its wheels just occasionally slipping.

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Theguardian

Monday 10 August 2015

Diary of an urban peregrine falcon nest in Chicago – in pictures

Rare images of wild peregrine falcons chart their entire nesting cycle from brooding to hatching and finally fledging from their tower block home. Images by Luke Masseywww.lmasseyimages.com
  • Wild peregrines’ nests are usually inaccessible or the birds not human tolerant. These images are the first of their kind to show the nesting cycle of wild peregrine falcons, with the Chicago skyline as a stunning backdrop

    Wild peregrines’ nests are usually inaccessible or the birds not human tolerant. These rare images show the nesting cycle of wild peregrine falcons, with the Chicago skyline as a stunning backdrop
  • 13/05/2015 Peregrines are adapting to breeding in cities around the world. Our tall office blocks & apartments are seen by them as pseudo cliffs.

    13/05/2015: Peregrines are adapting to breeding in cities around the world. The tall office blocks and apartments are seen by them as pseudo cliffs
  • 13/05/2015 Chicago is situated on major migrant flyway, so a steady stream of prey is present for the peregrines.

    13/05/2015: Chicago is situated on major migrant flyway, so a steady stream of prey is present for the peregrines