Sunday, 26 January 2020

The Stalker.

I note the Purple Heron is still at Eagland Hill this Sunday morning, though to be honest I was fearing the worst for this bird. Having seen some literature indicating some unrest about it's presence there by the natives, and the 'twitchers' becoming an increasing nuisance for this quiet but very busy and extensive farming community. This culminating in a report of the bird having an injured and bleeding leg on 20 January....Mmmmm!  

Birding is a serious business, but it doesn't always have to be that way, so here's something of a lighter look at it....

Two videos I made of the Purple Heron at Eagland Hill, stitched together with sound added. This is a way around the limit of 100mb for uploading films on to Birds2blog. Link to The Stalker 


Perhaps the link above doesn't work without the inconvenience of applying for permission. This 50 second video is shorter and is within the 100mb limit for uploading.


I was pleased - delighted even - to hear from Howard to tell me of two pairs of Stonechat he had seen on Abbeystead Lane on Thursday, when he chose to return home from a trip into Lancashire via the scenic route through Bowland....a good choice with an excellent result. 

Stonechat Abbeystead Lane 23 January. Howard Stockdale.

I'm hoping normal service birding will be resumed tomorrow Monday....But who knows!


Marc Heath said...

Lovely video of this cracking bird Pete. Will it survive and make spring, even better if it comes into some adult plumage.

Richard Pegler said...

I hope that the Heron is OK, Pete. It's a difficult situation when over-eager birders start upsetting the local population. It might help if some sort of collection was made by the birders to put something back into the community.

I enjoyed your video - what's the music?

Pete Woodruff said...

I made a comment at the site, referring to the farmer whose field the bird was in, he was obviously an obliging person who allowed birders to park at one of the entrances to the farm. I had said he should have asked a quid for every visitor to see the bird. Everyone would have coughed up, and he'd have made a little fortune over the weeks this bird has been in the field. By the way....It took prey like it was going out of fashion on a daily basis.

Thanks Marc/Richard.