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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back to Ringby Top, Snow Bunting

                       Unmoved by the bad weather



                                       Eating continuously








                                            Wing and back pattern

                                            The twitch is on
             Lack of concentration in the centre.
                            Trying different angles
                                   Distraction behind
                                           Think DJS is on to me.
 Got to be important to get the chairman to Queensbury.
                          NCD     DF      DJS     MW

It started with a text from Angela and Gary asking for directions for the Ringby Top Snow Bunting, then another text shortly afterward saying they were on the bird in near enough the same area.
Well done to the dynamic duo for finding the bird which is not an easy task and thanks for the update.
                                                                                 1400 hrs and on my way up the hilly climb to Ringby where weather conditions were better than expected, for Queensbury anyway, with the strong SW>5-6 holding back the rain with just a few spots every now and then. Not the best photo shoot conditions with the black skies but was ready for this by taking the tripod.
On the way up there I thought to myself I dont want any more photos after yesterdays 200 ish but shortly after I was clicking away again, Snow Bunts are irresistible to a camera.
                                                                     It took me about 15 minutes to locate the Bunt and I finally found it in amongst a bramble patch but it soon move back to its favourite area.
                                                                        It wasnt long before the cavalry arrived with firstly Dave Sutcliffe followed shortly after my Michael Welch and the last of the crew were Dave Franz and
Nick Dawtrey who all got cracking views of the bird which just ignored us all and carried on munching seed.
It was like going back in time when we were all stood in the same area 30/12/2006 watching a Shorelark, eck, was it really so long since, we were nobbut lads then.
BS
                                                                         

4 comments:

Angela Entwistle said...

Glad you got the Snow Bunting again Brian. Amazing pictures of her too, again.
Gary & Angela (The Dynamic Duo!)

Brian Sumner . said...

Glad you got it Angela and photos too. Not an easy bird to find. Well done and thanks for the text and pics. The Gingerbread man looks tasty.

David Sutcliffe said...

Think you missed out on the star attraction 'selfie' Bri. Incomplete without one of you !
Lovely shots again - well the bird anyway - not sure about the rest of us crew. A great afternoon.

Brian Sumner . said...

The arms are,nt long enough to take a selfie with that lens Dave.Like you say, a great afternoon.