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Coppice update 5th March 2010

tomcat > tomcat Blog > Coppice update 5th March 2010
05/03/2010 - 4:15 PM

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I have been off work for the last three days, due to a combination of events.(Nothing stressfull thoughGrin )
So, I have passed away the hours by spending some considerable time at The Coppice.
Well worth it toSmile
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.Wink

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 Smile



KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94507 forum postsKarenFB vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2010 - 4:48 PM

Wow! What an amazing experience. Now that is trust!

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Mynett  7142 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2010 - 5:22 PM


I told you they would be eating out of your hand.....Tongue

I did not think it would be so soon though...

nice to read how it is going and I am so happy for you.

Baby birds soon

Linda x

Shroomer  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2010 - 5:45 PM

At one with nature Adrian, brilliant newsWink

Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 2:06 PM

What a fantastic experience with the LTT Adrian. I have heard of such things previously but never had a first hand report. Congratulations and as you say, a memory to treasure. I must say that varying light exposures was one of the main problems I was finding at our feed station, depending upon the perch position and the BG the light was varying quite considerably. Trying to use one of the auto programmes i.e aperture/speed did not work too well for me as I always shoot manual ( except for focusing !!!! )
Like yourself we try to anticipate light direction and just hope for better conditions as the year moves on.
I will info Richard and my best regards to you.

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 11:21 PM

It looks like you still have the ability to charm the birds!Wink

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