16 May 2022

Mysterious creature caught on camera


Mysterious creature caught on camera in the middle of the night. 

date: Tue 10 May 2022 01∶51∶28 AM CEST

camera: Seissiger wildkamera Special-Cam Classic. 

location: open (agricultural) field in a forest (nature reserve) 

Description:

A light source moves towards the camera (attached to a tree) and quickly turns left and disappears in the dark. The creature seems to be flying about 2 meters above the ground. The unknown flying creature nearly touches a rabbit on the ground, but the rabbit doesn't seem to be disturbed and continues eating. After repeated full-screen views of the video, I noticed a weak 'reflection' on the ground of the primary light source that moves synchronously with the primary spot. As if it were a reverse shadow. See figure:

 

primary spot is accompanied by a weaker spot on the ground

The second spot is really strange. This would suggest an active source of light. Not a reflection of the 'black flash' of the camera. This is not expected when the creature would be an owl for example. Furthermore, if it would be an owl one would expect two light spots (of the two eyes) and not one rather big one. Also, the light source seems too big for a bat (bats don't have big eyes). A second weaker and smaller light source moving to the right upper corner is visible (a bat?). The movement of the big light source is too smooth for a walking animal. A human with a flashlight or a bicycle both seem impossible to me for several reasons (soft ground, smoothness of movement). I really don't know what this is. Anybody?

This picture shows the field early in the morning captured by the same camera, same day,  same position:

Seissiger wildkamera 10/05/2022 06:23:25 (roe deer)

03 May 2022

Song Willow warbler / Fitis, Texel, Netherlands


 

I managed to film the song of the Willow warbler / fitis during a quite windy day on the island Texel, the Netherlands.

scientific name: Phylloscopus trochilus

date: 24 April 2022

location: Texel (Bleekersvallei) the Netherlands

camera: Sony α6400 with 70-350 telezoom. Internal microphone. handheld.

Visually it is nearly impossible to distinguish the Willow warbler/ fitis from the Common chiffchaff / tjiftjaf.  Luckily, their songs differ so much that it is easy for the uninitiated to distinguish both birds quickly.

Remarkable detail: a closer inspection of the pictures reveals that this tiny bird has a ring on his left leg! I never suspected that these birds were eligible for ringing. See:

Observation in waarneming.nl

 YouTube link


19 April 2022

Honda's Self-Charging No-Need-to-Plug-In nonsense.

... is a full, self-charging hybrid ...

No need to plug in
... so, there's no need to plug-in or plan a
journey around charging stations – it
generates power as you drive.


The Honda ads for promoting their 'self-charging hybrid' cars are highly misleading nonsense. The ad claims that their 'self-charging' hybrid cars have a big advantage above plug-in hybrid cars because you don't need to plug in. In reality, all power of so-called 'self-charging'  non-plug-in hybrid cars comes from fossil fuel. So, their 'self-charging' miracle hybrid cars are just fossil fuel cars!

Honda suggests the secret of 'self-charging' is Regenerative Braking.  This technique enables the vehicle’s kinetic energy (when it is in motion) to be converted back to electrical energy and store it in the battery. All gasoline cars completely waste braking energy as heat. So, for hybrids it is true that regenerative braking harnesses some of the energy that otherwise would have dissipated as heat. But no energy is 'generated' or 'created'. You cannot drive a Honda around the world by only braking! One can only brake when the vehicle is in motion. It is in motion because of an engine burning fossil fuel. So, ultimately all the electricity generated by braking comes from gasoline. The efficiency of the regenerative braking is at most 60-70%. Never more than 100%! You don't gain energy! You only loose less energy. You always have a net loss of range by braking. 

Above that, 'self-charging' without qualification suggests that the whole battery is charged. But it is only a small percentage of the battery that is charged by regenerative braking.

Therefore Honda's ad is misleading, stupid and unworthy of a serious car manufacturer. Honda's ad is a statement against electric cars and all car manufacturers producing electric cars. What Honda does is telling customers half-truths and hiding the whole truth. Honda is obscuring the most important fact (full electric cars are the most climate-friendly cars) by an exclusive focus on a minor truth about regenerative braking.

And now the most stunning fact. Honda does produce a full electric car: the Honda e. Yes, a nice looking little car, but far too expensive for its small range of 170 km (105 miles) and its price. It costs 36.000 - 39.000 euro. The Renault Zoe ZE50 R110 has twice the range for the same amount. The Honda e would be a good buy 7 years ago. But now, Honda seems to be saying: please don't buy it! Indeed, according to the logic of the ad the Honda e is not a 'self-charging' car! It needs to be plugged in!

Does a self-charging car exist? Yes, there is only one type of car that is really self-charging: a solar car. For example the Dutch Lightyear One. You don't need to plug in to go! You may plug in, but you don't need to.


Dutch ad for self-charging Honda hybrids:
"Trade your Nissan Leaf for the new
self-charging Honda HR-V Hybrid"

On top of all that, a Honda advertising brochure in the Netherlands offered me to trade in my fully electric Nissan Leaf for a new hybrid Honda! This insane proposal proves a complete lack of knowledge of the reasons why people buy a fully electric car. What are they thinking? Of course an owner of a fully electric car never, never in his entire life would return to a fossil fuel car. Unthinkable. 

"De CR-V is een zelfopladende
hybride. U moet dus niet aansluiten
op een stopcontact of uw reis
plannen in functie van de
beschikbare oplaadstations. De
CR-V genereert zelf energie tijjdens
het rijden." (honda.nl)


 
"Gemaakt voor het milieubewuste rijden".
Designed for enviromental-friendly driving.

An additional false claim is that these hybrid cars are environment-friendly!  All non-plug-in hybrid cars are fossil fuel cars and bad for the environment, climate and your health.

Honda hybrid JAZZ CROSSTAR. Honda e:Technology


Conclusion

If Honda needs to promote its hybrid cars with nonsense arguments, those cars cannot be any good. Good cars don't need bad arguments.

Honda's is sending contradictory messages to customers: plug-in cars are bad, plug-in cars are good.  

Honda does not contribute to the solution of the energy and climate crisis. On the contrary.

Honda needs a sanity check. 

 

Sources

This Wikipedia article about Regenerative braking is a good start. Honda did not invent regenerative braking. Regenerative braking has been in extensive use on railways in the early 1930s.

Norway Calls Lexus's Self-Charging-Hybrid Ads Misleading, Jan 28, 2020 

Honda.nl 

How TESLA Rescued Honda, youtube  4 May 2022. very interesting video. It shows that Honda is not able or willing to reduce CO2 emissions of its cars.