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.
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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