Supermarine Spitfire T.IX "ML407"

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force throughout the Second World War. The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944.

Very expensive to fly.

It is now owned and flown by Carolyn Grace, the only practising female Spitfire pilot in the world. During the summer months, she spends every weekend taking part in aerobatic displays across the country.

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The Spitfire costs about £5,000 an hour to fly and Grace fly’s it about 70 hours a year; the engine overhaul alone costs £120,000 and has to be carried out every four years or so.

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Muntjac

It is anticipated that muntjac may soon become the most numerous species of deer in England and may have also crossed the border into Scotland with a couple of specimens even appearing in Northern Ireland in 2009; they have been spotted in the Republic of Ireland in 2010, almost certainly having reached there with some human assistance. (Extract from (Wikipedia)

Muntjac

Known as the Barking Deer

Muntjac have expanded very rapidly, and are now present in most English counties and have also expanded their range into Wales. The British Deer Society coordinated a survey of wild deer in the UK between 2005 and 2007, and they reported that muntjac deer had noticeably expanded their range since the previous census in 2000. (Extract from Wikipedia)

Muntjac

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Muntjacs, also known as barking deer and Mastreani deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjacs are thought to have begun appearing 15–35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. Muntjac are of great interest in evolutionary studies because of their dramatic chromosome variations and the recent discovery of several new species. (Extract from Wikipedia)

Muntjac
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The osprey is 0.9–2.1 kg (2.0–4.6 lb) in weight and 50–66 cm (20–26 in) in length with a 127–180 cm (50–71 in) wingspan. The upperparts are a deep, glossy brown, while the breast is white and sometimes streaked with brown, and the underparts are pure white.

Osprey

Description

The sexes appear fairly similar, but the adult male can be distinguished from the female by its slimmer body and narrower wings. The breast band of the male is also weaker than that of the female, or is non-existent, and the underwing coverts of the male are more uniformly pale. It is straightforward to determine the sex in a breeding pair, but harder with individual birds.
Osprey

The Western Osprey

The head is white with a dark mask across the eyes, reaching to the sides of the neck. The irises of the eyes are golden to brown, and the transparent nictitating membrane is pale blue. The bill is black, with a blue cere, and the feet are white with black talons. A short tail and long, narrow wings with four long, finger-like feathers, and a shorter fifth, give it a very distinctive appearance.

Osprey
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