Saturday, 7 December 2013
Up close and personal.
I know it would help if I had even half a clue how the retrieval system works, but I don't , hence the meerkat.
Peering out of the window to allow some cool/cold air to ease my itching face I spotted a massive bird outlined against the winter sky on a tree about 100 yards away.
As I tried to photograph him (too far away, camera not good enough) I realised it was a red kite. Have never seen one roosting before.
He spotted me and with a huge swoop headed this way.
I hastily ducked my head back inside and shut the window - he is big!
He flew over the rooftop and away and briefly blacked out the sky in the immediate vicinity.
Have never seen one so close before and really had no idea just how massive a wing-span they have.
Perhaps he has never seen anyone with eczema before and wanted a closer look.
There are fewer birds than usual in my tiny grotty (fermented bird-seed don't ask), garden so apart from the odd pied wagtail, reed-bunting and the usual suspects, rare creatures tend to get my attention.
The sun is shining. It is mild and not a bit like December so the normal customers for my largesse are few and far between and I really should be outside cleaning up the mess, but, as usual am doing everything I can think of to avoid work.
The usual extra vocal work for all the additional church services is taking its toll and leisure time is becoming scarce so any excuse.....
Yes I do know fermented bird seed is poisonous to most small birds so I will go out now and clean up, honestly, any minute.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 2:39:00 pm