Monday, 24 November 2014

Berney Arms Odyssey!

A chance meeting with Brian at Strumpshaw resulted in an eleven-mile hike from Wickhampton to the Berney Arms and back! The objective was to try to photograph - or even see - some Short-eared Owls, but it wasn't to be....

There were a few highlights: a female Stonechat, lots of Pink-footed and White-fronted Geese, at least ten Marsh Harriers, including five together at the Berney Arms (one of which had green tag 'FC') several Bearded Tits, a large flock (100+) of Curlew and the first Fieldfares and Redwings of the Winter. Oh! The icy clouds produced a beautiful pair of Sundogs!

Despite the absence of any really good photo-ops (most stuff was pretty distant) it was a good walk in good company: just hope my waistline shows the effects tomorrow! Brian assures me it's his glasses that make him look such as miserable scrote in most pictures!


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