Saw 3 separate birds today in quite a busy area, really nice to see.
No interactions present.
I so often find that when they're perched they manage to put something intrusive between them and me, e.g. an HT cable, or a thich branch... I'm beginning to take it personally. ;-)
I actually got within 10 yards from this bird (step, photo, step, photo etc) and it just looked at me. I actually got within 5 feet of a Skylark today and it just sat and looked at me. Odd thing these birds as on another day you just raise the camera and they're gone. Regards Chris.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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But it's not just birds. I've been within five feet of a stoat, tugging at a rabbit; and just as close to a bank vole as it demolished a wild strawberry. Neither of them took the slightest notice of me. The stoat, I had no camera; the bank vole, I got some reasonable shots of.
I had a wonderfully close encounter with a Kestrel the other day while I was out doing a Winter Thrush Survey. Spotted the regular female on a branch with her back to me. Slowly got closer and closer, close enough to see she was devouring a rat. Preoccupied she allowed me to pass right underneath her.
Undoubtedly the best photo opportunity of a Kestrel I have ever had. Where was the camera? Stuck at work where I had taken it because there be Waxwings about and forgot to bring it home. Didn’t get any Waxwings either :-(
Still a great privileged to have been that close.
That's AWFUL, Ray. You have my sympathy!
I get a bit paranoid about my camera, having missed so many opportunities in the past. I used to keep it in the car boot wherever I went, until I saw a Kestrel on a post as I drove by. I stopped, but I couldn't get to the camera without opening the door and disturbing it. Now I keep it on the back seat, strapped in with the seatbelt to stop it rolling onto the floor if I have to stop sharpish.
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