Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Goose flies upside-down

This greylag goose was captured by wildlife photographer Brian McFarlane in a manoeuvre known as whiffling
This greylag goose was captured by wildlife photographer Brian McFarlane in a manoeuvre known as whiffling' - June 2009
..and the right way up again
Belfast Telegraph READERS' GALLERY - Geese wander through the Lower Shankill Estate
Jim Shields, Escarmouche, Shanes Castle, Randalstown. Picture submitted by Mark McAuley.
Doves concert, Ulster Hall 19 Apr 2009. Photo by Aidan MacManus
Cranfield old chapel. Co.Antrim. Picture by Rod Mulholland
Alexandra Bull at Delamont park. Picture By Howard Bull
Tom Devenney & Eddie Clyde, Belfast City Marathon
Eureka Peak, BC, Canada. Image submitted by R Dough
Ladybirds in the sun! Submitted by Alan Yeates, Bushmills
MussendenTemple, Castlerock: Picture by Rod Mulolland, Tobermore.
Mountstewart, Co. Down, on a winter's day. Submitted by John Caruth, Bangor
Ground Zero in New York, February 2009. Submitted by Grahame Booth from Killinchy
Andrew Maxwell (Chairman), Colin Gray (Secretary) and Ivan Gray from Bannview RSC present Deidre Melly from NI Childrens Hospice with a cheque. Bannview RSC raised £800 in aid of the NI Childrens Hospice after they held a charity quiz night and grand prize draw
Belfast Giants Welcome Party, Esporta offical sponsors of the Belfast Giants. Picture submitted by Cathy McAleer
Kwara State. Submitted by Femi Oro
Lady Gaga, King's Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Tori in Derry
Joanna and Caroline, Belfast Bike Show, King's Hall. Submitted by Kevin in Belfast
Car crash, Magherafelt. Picture submitted by Rod Mulholland, Tobermore
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
Snow covered fields and the Mourne Mountains. Picture by Chris McCrory. 07/02/09
Snow covered fields and the Mourne Mountains. Picture by Chris McCrory. 07/02/09
Boris the Barbary lion at Belfast zoo. Submitted by Lisa Shilliday. 05/02/09
Laura O'Rourke's dog Lola back from a walk with the family snowman at Carryduff. Submitted by Gerry Carson
Picture taken in Belfast - submitted by Ju Young
Jack and Rachelle Thompson with their snowman in Belfast. Reader submitted.
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera
This photograph was taken at Killymoon Street Cookstown on 29 October 1.30pm. I was working in my office when all of a sudden I heard this bang. I looked out the window and saw this car sitting in our lawn. Apparently the driver tried to avoid sliding into the back of another car and decided our garden would be a softer landing spot; so she drove over our wall and landed her car in it!! Nobody was hurt and the car has been safely ‘lifted’ out. Picture by Liam Currie
The Grosvenor Chorale - the mixed voice choir from Belfast have made it through to BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Category Finals at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
A beautiful walk at old clarks linen factory in Upperlands, Co. Londonderry
Scaredy cat: The Cats Protection NI Adoption Centre is issuing advice to local owners to help keep pet cats safe over the Halloween period. Pumpkin the kitten, who currently lives at the centre until he finds a proper home, wants everyone to listen to the advice and keep their cats safe and happy at this scary time of year.
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Billy Neill: This picture of a cheeky squirrel were taken in Jordanstown. He is attempting to jump to a little platform for some nuts.
Ray Leigh from Sweden says: Well we have pictures (above) of an object that hovered for around 20 minutes above Linkoping on September 21st this year. Certainly not a planet, weather ballon or an aircraft. But who is interested in another " nutter". Problem is unless one falls to the ground who is going to believe it?
Little Tara Berkeley, with her scariest face ever, at W5 in Belfast. Picture by Stephanie Berkeley
This photograph shows an eight-foot sturgeon caught by Jack Childs from Glengormley while fishing on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Also in the photograph are Bill Chapman from Belfast, Bobby Bryans, Belfast, Phil Martin from Antrim and Michael Martin from Mallusk. The fish was caught after a 45-minute battle before being released back into the river
Sandra Foster, Noelle Walker and Caroline Walker from Lack Womens Group Co. Fermanagh. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Mairaid McCormack, Mary Brolly, Maire Heavern and Mary McNicholl from Glenshane Community Development Ltd. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Alwyn Sinton and George Wilson from Tullylish Village. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Bernadette Delargy and Una Rowan from Cushendall Development Group. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Alan and Nuala Turtle, Edith McAdams and John McNally from Richill Improvements Assoc. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Elizabeth Bell, Heather Robinson, Wilma McMurray and Gretna Bogle from Burnside and District Community Group. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Tom Donnelly, Christine Taylor, Arthur Ovens and Robert Coalter from Brookborough and District Community Assoc. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Carl Monteith, Stephen Laughlin and Brian Durham from Calor. Calor village of the Year Award.
Kerry McIvor, Jane Thom, Michael Kelly and Olga Gallagher from Rural Development Council. Calor Village of the Year Awards.
Jim Dempsey, The Wash Basin Ahoghill, Sandy Wilson, Broughshane, Kerri McCaw and Richard Fleck The Wash Basin Ahoghill and Laurie Churms, Broughshane. Calor Village of the Year Awards.
Sandy Wilson, Valerie Blake, Lorraine Frew and Laurie Churms from Broughshane. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Brian Duffen, Colin McIlwrath, Kerr Wolsey, Una Johnston, Ronan Johnston, James Fulton and Henry Gribbon from Toombe. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Wesley Livingston, Lisa Cartmill and Trevor Harvey from Bessbrook Development Company. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Ciara Finnegan, Brenda Rafferty, Bronagh McClelland and Susan Best from Keady and South Armagh. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Joyce McMullan and Teresa Cavanagh from Rural Development Council. Calor Village of the Year Award.
Ken Gibson International Fund for Ireland, Tracey McNally Rural Development Coucil and Martin McDonall Rural Development Council. Calor Village of the Year Award.
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Four pupils from Aquinas Grammar School are celebrating achieving some the best GCSE results by pupils across Northern Ireland. Conn McGrath came first in Maths and second in Physics. Christina McCloskey came first in Business Studies. Martin McBride, came first in German, while Jennifer Clarke came second in French and first in German.
The Red Arrows at a very wet and windy City airport.Picture by Michael Scott
QE2 leaving Belfast Docks: Picture by Daniel McCaughan
Some of the children who took part in the Friday Evening Fun Events organised by Castlereagh District Policing Partnership in association with Castlereagh Community Safety Partnership and Castlereagh Borough Council. The varied programme of events included a chance to bop the evening away at a community disco held at Lough Moss Leisure Centre. Fun was also on the agenda at Dundonald International Ice Bowl were over 270 teenagers took part in ice-skating, Indiana land and 10 pin bowling, with some refreshments provided.
This is a photo of the 36th Ulster Division Old Comrads Assoc in Toronto. They have been in existance for 80 years. Each year, the Canadian National Exibition in Toronto hold a parade to honour the Veterans - it is call the Warriors Day Parade. The group of men walk each year. Most of the men in the photo are from N.Ireland. This year we had 11 walk - 7 men and 4 women. Included in the group is my Father Bill Robinson - 2nd from the left - who is 98. His father was killed at the Somme. For many years representatives of this group went to Belfast on the July 1 - to place a wreath on the Cenetaphe -at the City Hall. I hope you will be able to print this in a copy of the Telegraph. Thanks - Helen Taylor
Anke, 26, is a qualified aerobics instructor and flight attendant. She contacted the Belfast Telegraph after reading our article 'This year's model: Face of DV8'. Anke wrote: "I know what models look like - and thats not me but I would love to do some things for a makeup brand or something like that. Who can I contact for this kind of work (only part time) using my face only - for makeup and sunglassess." Anke is originally from South Africa but currently lives and work in Baghdad, Iraq. "I'm a travel coordinator for a US company. Very outgoing, love people and making new friends. "I'm sporty, fun, and full of energy. I love my life! I'm planning on doing my pilots license within the next 6 months." Anke can be reached at ankebee15 @yahoo.com Do you have similar ambitions to Anke? If so, email your pics with a brief note about yourself to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Anke, 26, is a qualified aerobics instructor and flight attendant. She contacted the Belfast Telegraph after reading our article 'This year's model: Face of DV8'. Anke wrote: "I know what models look like - and thats not me but I would love to do some things for a makeup brand or something like that. Who can I contact for this kind of work (only part time) using my face only - for makeup and sunglassess." Anke is originally from South Africa but currently lives and work in Baghdad, Iraq. "I'm a travel coordinator for a US company. Very outgoing, love people and making new friends. "I'm sporty, fun, and full of energy. I love my life! I'm planning on doing my pilots license within the next 6 months." Anke can be reached at ankebee15 @yahoo.com Do you have similar ambitions to Anke? If so, email your pics with a brief note about yourself to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Fiona McCormack, who obtained 3 A's in her A levels and won joint prize of The Catherine McCormick Memorial Trophy for Commitment to Music at the Bloomfield Collegiate Prize Day with her good friend Kirsty Jones. Fiona has been accepted at Queens and her ambition is to become a Music Therapist.
Alastair Stockman captures some stunning images at the Portrush Airshow
Alastair Stockman captures some stunning images at the Portrush Airshow
Alastair Stockman captures some stunning images at the Portrush Airshow
At the Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 2008.Picture by Conor Edgell
At the Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 2008.Picture by Conor Edgell
At the Auld Lammas Fair, Ballycastle, 2008.Picture by Conor Edgell
Valerie O'Sullivan's Images from All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships Antrim
Valerie O'Sullivan's Images from All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships Antrim
Valerie O'Sullivan's Images from All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships Antrim
The Rapture All Stars, current World Hiphop Champions, who performed at Park Centre, Belfast, as part of the Party in the Park festivities. The World Champion Team performed their winning routine which beat 52 other teams from 39 different countries
I found these wonderful photos amongst my late father's possessions. He was called Bob Ryan and worked in Robinson & Cleavers . The photos show flooding in Belfast in 1903 in Donegall Square. The note attached to them was sent by his work colleague Jack Herriot and reads as follows. "Bob, you remember these photos of R&C. Someone gave you or me them. Floodwater in 1903 taken taken from the same spot probably using a camera by Rodman who were opposite the Irish Bank at the time. Note the little straw hat on the girl with the can. Odd that nowadays in B&H Cafe waitresses wear similar bonnets." Submitted by Kevin Ryan
The photos show flooding in Belfast in 1903 in Donegall Square. Submitted by Kevin Ryan
I found these wonderful photos amongst my late father's possessions. He was called Bob Ryan and worked in Robinson & Cleavers . The photos show flooding in Belfast in 1903 in Donegall Square. The note attached to them was sent by his work colleague Jack Herriot and reads as follows. "Bob, you remember these photos of R&C. Someone gave you or me them. Floodwater in 1903 taken taken from the same spot probably using a camera by Rodman who were opposite the Irish Bank at the time. Note the little straw hat on the girl with the can. Odd that nowadays in B&H Cafe waitresses wear similar bonnets." Submitted by Kevin Ryan
Photographed on the Ballysillan Road, North Belfast on Saturday evening,16th August, by Tim Littler
Residents of Dunbar link Banbridge helplessly watch as flood water flows through their gardens into River Bann. Fences had to be broken to allow the torrent of water to escape. Picture by Ian Moffatt

This is the moment a goose was caught performing an extraordinary upside-down contortion as it battled to land in heavy winds.



The bird was captured by a wildlife photographer flying with its neck twisted 180 degrees and its body seemingly facing the wrong way.

The manoeuvre may look painful but it is a known tried and tested way of braking, called whiffling.

In amazing twists and turns, birds spill air out of their wings and can slow down rapidly and reduce height. The results, however, are not usually this extreme.

This bird, a greylag goose, was photographed as it came in to land on a freshwater lake at an RSPB reserve in Strumpshaw, Norfolk. It was captured by wildlife photographer Brian McFarlane (73) who said he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I cannot believe how this goose got into such an incredible position. It was a windy day and it was making life difficult for the birds. Some were more expert at controlling their flight while others were tossed around in mid-air.”

Paul Stancliffe, of the British Trust of Ornithology said he had seen the extraordinary move many times in 36 years of bird watching. “I have, however, never seen a photograph of a bird in mid-whiffle like this. It is an amazing photograph.”

Mr Stancliffe said whiffling makes the bird “drop like a stone so that they instantly lose height”.

“They look like they are out of control but they are actually very much in control,” he added.

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