Rain, galeforce winds and more rain has resulted in loads of general lazing about since the last post.
Very happy days.
However! The weather today didn't look too horrific, so I risked the dark grey skies and pulled on my Sprayways.
Standing in some woods on my own, 2 Buzzards quietly circled and played right above my head without noticing me standing in the trees below.
That was a great moment.
Also saw my one and only Redwing of the whole Christmas break.
|Jan 2nd, 2012 and this is the only Redwing I've seen in 10 days - none of the Fieldfares or Woodcocks I saw last year|
|Buzzard going right over my head (cropped and lightened)|
|Adult Buzzard? Although there's no black tips to wings - look at the scraggedy tail feathers|
|Juvenile Buzzard - cropped but not lightened, that's the glare of the sun which put in a welcome appearance. See how perfect the juvenile's feathers are - in pristine condition.|
As I walked through a tunnel this Buzzard flew out from the trees at the side of the railway verge, I looked over the fence and saw a blanket of Wood Pigeon feathers all over the ground - no carcas left whatsoever, just a red, bloody vein hanging from a tree branch.
With this in mind, knowing that the Buzzard would want a rest to let the pigeon digest, I edged along the fence to a tree I thought (hoped) it might have flown to and perched in.
Happily it was there, I was really quiet and careful not to disturb the Buzzard's r&r time, afterall, everyone needs a sit down after eating a whole raw woodpigeon.
|Juvenile Buzzard, home, Yorkshire|
|Buzzard having a full belly snooze.|
|Juvenile Buzzard - f8, iso 320, 500mm lens - cropped|
This will deffo be the last post from home.
10 days at home has been a luxury, I've said it before, I'm saying it again - I wish Yorkshire was magically part of Ireland so it could be easier to come home anytime - but there you go.
I hope every one has enjoyed their break - Happy New Year etc, here's to wise choices and happy times.