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I have been off work for the last three days, due to a combination of events.(Nothing stressfull though )
So, I have passed away the hours by spending some considerable time at The Coppice.
Well worth it to
I have experienced all sorts of light conditions from just after dawn, through to mid afternoon.
If I was just popping over at weekends then I doubt I would have learnt what I have done.
The net result is that I now know where to shoot from until about 10ish, then its reposition until noon and then reposition again for the afternoon.
A lot of this should become immaterial in a month or twos time, as the sun will be higher in the sky and the canopy will start to fill will leaves.
I even think I found a spot today, where I can take my chair and rest for a while, while still togging.
I did have a mind blowing experience today however.
Something that to me, is on a par with being amongst the seal pups at Donna Nook.
I went to reposition one of the "props" adjacent to the fatball feeder and there were two L-TT's on it.
One flew off, but the other one remained, intent on filling his wee stomach.
I moved my hand toward the L-TT and it had no intention of flying off.
I moved my hand even closer and ended up gently stroking the LTT with one finger while it was feeding. I must have done this for at least ten seconds, before I withdrew and let the L-TT carry on.
It was a memorable moment which I will cherish for a very long time.
I believe Ade_Osman had a similar experience a few years ago.
Anyway, I will be back there tomorrow.
There is a clay shoot(First Sunday of the month) in close proximity on Sunday, so I will give it a miss, but probably pop up in the afternoon. to find out if the birds have settled down after all the noise. I am sure they will. Guns and the countryside go together, so I would imagine it will be nothing new to them.
Thanks for taking the time to read