I have internet, for now at least. This is getting ridiculous, this is actually my forth attempt today to upload. You wouldn't believe I am still paying for this service.
I took a trip to Weardale and surrounding area for the day. My plan was to drive and when I saw something that interested me, stop and take some photographs of it.
I decided to stop at the side of the road to have some lunch and a bit of a break from driving. The weather wasn't to good as low cloud had come in and started covering the views.
During my break I this sound getting louder and then quieter, this went on for about 5 minutes. I had identified it as a Curlew call, but I couldn't locate where it was coming from, just that it was airborn. Eventually the cloud cleared for a short while and I spotted the bird flying around above the car. It was coming in close then flying away, but always in a circular route hence the change in volume of the call.
I soon realised that this display was aimed at me and the birds nest must have been close by. I didn't want to disturb the bird from her nest so I decided to move up the road a short way, before doing this I thought I would capture a shot or two of the bird in flight as I don't get to see to many of these great birds.
Best laid plans and all, my D300 didn't have the right lens on, so I started to change it. Isn't it amazing how when you are in a hurry your hands appear to become alot larger than they were before and you drop everything. Luckily as my 70-300mm fell from my hands it landed on my coat in the boot of the car, then I dropped the rear lens cap, then the front lens cap. I put my camera down for a minute, just in case.
Finally with the lens attached I took a few shots of the bird that was still circling above me.
After grabbing the shots I wanted I drove up the road about quarter of a mile, it was during this short journey that I felt like I was being watched, I was, the Curlew had followed me and was circling once more. It was beginning to get a little freaky, I was in the middle of nowhere and it was rather like having a Vulture circling overhead. Not that I've had many Vultures flying above me in the NorthEast of the UK, a few face to face in daily life maybe, but not the feathered variety, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, I thought to myself I must be well away from any nest that I was threatening so why is this bird still here?
I watched it for a while and I noticed there were these stone built shelters, I can't remember the correct name for them, but they are for sheep and shepherds caught in storms on the moor to shelter in. The bird landed on one and I quickly grabbed my camera again to get some more shots of it. After about 20 minutes it took off and flew in the direction I had come from and that was the encounter with the bird over.
I can only imagine it had followed me and watched me for a while to insure that I was no longer a threat to its nest, either that or it was actually a Vulture in disguise and it finally got fed up of waiting for me for its lunch.
Note: Thanks Bill woolybill1 for the correct name and use of the intriguing stone shelters in my photos.
Shooting Butts, I wouldn't fancy driving up the road that runs next to them when someone is shooting a shotgun. It would probably make you jump and vere off road, knowing my luck it would me anyway.
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|Camera:||Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||4 Jun 2011 - 12:45 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|