At this time of year when the farmers cut the grass for baling the scavengers descend en masse to see what's been flushed - these pics from Saturday up on the Ridgeway where 5 birds were charging around a recently cut field but this can be seen anywhere round here
A few pics this morning of the nest in next door's eaves - our nest fell down 4 years ago so, as they'd just covered the village car park in tarmac (the birds used to go there for the mud), I put up a couple of artificial nests, It's taken until this year for the birds to take occupancy but they're a bit behind next door - plus as I'd need to sit on our veg patch in the gooseberries it's a bit more problematic to take pics!
We're fortunate to live quite close the Peregrines posted on this blog in the last few days, and as the young birds start exploring their surroundings and establishing their social order, it is a great time to watch them. In previous years we've been awoken at 5 in the morning to the youngsters fighting on next doors roof and regularly see them practising their hunting skills by chasing the hirundines. Not more than 10 minutes after getting home from work, I hear the familiar sound of screeching Peregrines, only much louder than normal. I look out the window to see 2 juveniles dog fighting around the garden; an exhilarating sight! One of the birds perched up for a few minutes allowing for a few pictures before flying off back to its siblings.
After a couple of years' hard work, and the latest trip to dusty Iceland my 1Dx Mk2 and 600mm combo needed a service - that was done this week and on the way back from Stoke yesterday I popped into LCyD to give them a quick test - pleased I did as in all these years never actually managed to photo a GC Grebe weed dance, sadly taken through the op of the reeds but hey! Mutes preening leaving huge feathers on the water