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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Oh no, he,s gone Cuckoo again. Leeshaw Reservoir

      First sighting as it appeared
              Very distant and grey skies



  Canon 7d with Sigma 600mm
 If you,re prepared to sit in the wet grass long
enough you sometimes get rewarded.


                  Just the one Cuckoo present now

A bright morning followed by heavy rain most of the afternoon so by 1600 hrs, shopping and jobs done, the dogs and me were ready for off hoping the heavy rain would have brought something down.
                                                               Fly Flatts had a boating afternoon so no point in checking the water there and Ogden would have been busy so off to Leeshaw once again.
The tail end of the weather front was just passing over and soon the rain stopped but leaving grey skies and a W>4 blowing across the water.
                                                              Once again the plan was check the water, walk the dogs then sky watch for anything moving through but , as the other day, the calling Cuckoo got my attention and I soon found myself scoping for the bird which was high up on the moor but accessible with a long trek. The usual waders were around the water along with an increasing number of Black Headed gulls with a count of 9 so it was the long haul up the hill to try for some Cuckoo shots.
                                                              No rain today like last time but now with only 1 Cuckoo to go at it was a waiting game with the bird alternating between the moor and the fields and never keeping still for long due to mobbing Lapwings. After a lot of patience and very wet trousers crouched in the grass I managed to put together enough photos which I was satisfied with but could have been a lot better if the sun had appeared plus no time to use the tripod so it was all hand held which gets to be a bit arm aching trying to hold Big Bertha up for long.
                                                              This was another visit with my Tern watch messed up but with Cuckoos with us such a short time I thought it best to grab the opportunity while it was there.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice Cuckoo shots Bri. Terns in short supply for our area !