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Monday, December 26, 2011

An amazing experience on Soil Hill

                           




                                         


An hour on the hill this afternoon in a WSW>7 gusting 8 near gale force wind but dry.
Hoping for some Goldie photos but the north summit was bear other than 4 Skylarks, so it was back to the Snow Bunts with 5 well spread out birds showing.
After Id got a few snaps Keith Moir appeared and we watched the birds before I started to walk off to leave with Keith going to check the grass area. As I neared the southern edge of the area I stopped dead when I saw 1 Snow Bunt 8ft away from me so I carefully knelt down with the tripod low to take some pictures but as I did so the bird kept coming nearer to me. Keith was by now stood to my right watching this develop as the bird carried on feeding towards me and even though I shut the zoom right down it was too near to focus. We both watched in disbelief as the bird passed me near enough for me to touch it and then along came another 2 which did the same. I felt like David Attenborough knelt there surrounded with Snow Buntings, what an experience with such amazing birds.
BS

3 comments:

Denise said...

A great experience and some super shots, Brian.

Brian Sumner . said...

Soil Hill is a good place to practice. I took most of the Bunt shots knelt down with my back to the wind and rain with knees and tripod slowly sinking in the mud

DJSutcliffe said...

Magic!!!!!!