Monday, 5 October 2009

The safari was out late last night and enjoyed watching two Fox cubs playing on the little field on Patch 1. That was until Frank went "wooooofffff" and frightened them off in to the thicket.
Nothing of note there at first light. Patch 2 was no better but just missed coming across the tragedy of Saturday night by 10 minutes or so. Rule 1 at the seaside: Never but never play chicken with the sea when its in a fearsome rage.
Lunchtime's five minute visit was better with a not too distant Grey Seal bottling on the calm sea. Closer in a flock of seven Eiders had a sneaky outsider, a Common Scoter, lurking furtively in their midst. Further out the sea was totally dotted with Common Scoters. Overhead was a sneaky bonus, a totally unexpected Rock Pipit and no other migration evident, either visible or audible.
Back out onto Patch 1 camera skills were horrendously lacking when a smart little male Sparrowhawk flew over not once but three times! Got the grand total of one shot off which when reviewed on the camera's screen was very, very poor and deleted, what a waste of a perfect opportunity.
The Shaggy Ink Caps were easier the light was fading but the results are OK. didn't have these for supper as they are in the middle of the field an its impossible to tell how many dogs might have peed on them during the day.
This one would be tasty...mmmmmm
Well I wouldn't be chomping in to it would you?
No chance, not eating that!...can't beat a bit of autolysis!

Where to next? Have a guess...Patch 1, Patch 2...anywhere else? I doubt it, not tomorrow.

In the meantime let us know what's digesting itself in your outback.


Warren Baker said...

Shame about the Sprawk photo. How do you expect to get a decent fox photo with frank around!!!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Thanks Warren - hard to get away with taking the dog out without actually taking wouldn't be worth living! Far too dark for pics anyway, it/they are usually just on the edge of vision away from the street lights - good job I eat plenty of carrots!