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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day Bash

                                  Oxenhope reservoir from Soil Hill
                                        Hazy sunshine over Wainhouse Tower
                                    Mixenden Reservoir from Soil Hill
                                   As good as the Snipe photos got
                                Shelf Moor juncus field
                                     Christmas morning sunrise
                                     Then up into the low cloud base


                                   Raggalds flood, water full, bird empty.

Took advantage of a quick hour out this p,m, permission of Lynda who was glad to get me out from under her feet for a while so off to Soil Hill.
A strong WSW>5 was blowing with hazy sunshine and very cold. A thorough search of the summits, top grass and mounds produced nothing other than 2 Fieldfare that launched out of the grass on the NW summit, which seemed like a strange place to find Fieldfare.
As I was leaving my attention was drawn to very noisy corvids near the mast obviously distressed at something but nothing showing until a Peregrine glided across with just an occasional flap of the wings and headed out over Ringby.
Next stop was Northowram cricket field to check the gulls but strangely not a gull or Jackdaw in sight around the usual fields so back up to the trailer park before last light.
As yesterday, not a Lapwing to be found but the juncus field held 15 Snipe which were very mobile and keeping low making photos near impossible with the speed they were moving at and the now poor light.
A Fox was also in the juncus very near to the Snipe but disappeared out of site before I had chance to snap in.
Next job, Boxing Day bash before back to work Friday.
BS

1 comment:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Looks like you had an enjoyable Christmas Morning Bri and like the photos. Nice to get a peg over!