Tuesday October 30th 2012
We are currently half way through the Halloween week at Muncaster. It hasn’t been plain sailing, as the Halloween lights round the centre have been playing up. We tried them every day last week, without a hitch, and then on Saturday night, BANG! The fuses went, every time we put the outside lights on. Apparently some water got into one of the individual lights!? This was a bit strange, as it had been dry all week. How had water got into one of the lights in dry weather? As it happens, we managed to do Saturday night using candle torches. Sunday night was a wash out, and the torches wouldn’t have stayed alight. Sunday’s Spooky Owl Tours were subsequently cancelled. Last night’s was back on again. We were just missing one light in the African Spotted Eagle Owl aviary. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to finish the week without any further hitches. This year’s Spooky Owl Tours are conducted by me and Steve Richardson, and ably assisted by Steve’s two young daughters who come dressed as witches.
Speaking of electrical faults, I have been having some shenanigans with the microphone at ‘Meet the Birds’; on a few occasions last week, I have had to change the battery during the talk. We have been using rechargeable batteries; the 9V PP3 square ones. I had a feeling that the battery in the battery pack was coming to the end of its charge, and put a back up one in my pocket. As I was flying Mortimer the Buzzard, I placed her iron swivel in my pocket. While I’m doing ‘Meet the Birds’, I start to feel this weird hot sensation on the top of my thigh, only to find that the battery in my pocket is sending an electrical discharge through the iron swivel in the same pocket, and subsequently discharging an electrical current down my leg! It’s surprising how big a punch one small battery can have! When I eventually changed the battery in the pack, there was just enough charge to finish ‘Meet the Birds’. However, the following day the battery was dead as a Dodo, with no back up. I was back to shouting again. Anyway, we now have enough battery power to ‘see out’ the rest of the season, and then some!
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