Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 12/02/2012

Notch that one up to experience*

The camera has remained firmly indoors despite the proliferation of birds feeding on the open fields opposite to our accomodation, whose numbers were further augmented when the farmer decided to suppliment the nutrients in the ground by spreading a noxious smelling concoction across the land. As well as an assortment of gulls of varying sizes, numerous corvids and the ubiquitous pigeons, the field was peppered with lapwings and various migrant thrushes.. redwings and fieldfares. There were even a couple of Buzzards surveying the surroundings from lofty vantage points but even this didn’t make me pick up the camera. Instead, in the short time available i continued trying to upload an 8Mb photo taken yesterday to my Flickr account by way of a tethered android tablet… to no avail, so you’re just going to have to wait until i have access to a proper wifi connection before you are able to peruse any new photos.

Tomorrow, however, is going to be a different kettle of fish altogether.. at least I’m hoping it will be. With the camera primed and ready, we’re heading off to the International Birds of Prey Centre just outside Newent, a place we’ve visited before… in fact almost a year to the day. The weather couldn’t be more different than during our last visit when the day remained grey and melancholic all day. This resulted in some passable but rather flat images so, with the clear bue skies, soft winter light and cold crisp air, I have high hopes for my return visit.

Again, these images will remain unseen until I can find a reliable, and more importantly fast, internet connection. Luckily the place we’re staying for the next part of our time away provides this facility… though I’m not sure whether this will be free… i suspect not.

*The blog title? The photo is of Notch, a male African lion, and undesputed King of the Masai Mara.


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