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Night migration of birds across the moon

Posted Saturday 9th May 2009 at 18:03 by Dale Forbes
MoonWatch is an ornithological project aimed at investigating the night-time migration of birds through the Alps. It must have been almost a month ago now that we did the survey: spending each evening staring at the moon through a telescope looking for birds flying between us and the moon.

On two evenings, I did a little bit of videoscoping with my little point-and-shoot digital camera, the Canon A590IS. I put together a few clips with birds flying past the moon.

So far, no one has seen more than two of the four birds, which gives you some idea of how hard it is to see them, and to stay concentrated enough to pick up every bird (especially the small and high ones).

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