Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Geese and the Ghost - Anthony Phillips

Another crisp, cold and dry morning with
FROSTY the ALPACA
 in attendance, have often eaten Alpaca medium-rare, pan-fried
but never 'iced'.
In way of a change we decided to nip down to the
 IBSLE WATER MEADOWS
and
 HARBRIDGE, HAMPSHIRE
in the hope of Bewick's Swan or even the White-fronted Goose
but that was a search in vain!
 All to catch the eye was this rather unusually marked
GOOSE
of origin unknown before Chiefy in the
 
 Powered Hang-Glider
 put everything to flight with
MUTE SWAN
 leading the way.
video
Oh for a 
Vulcan Phalanx
(Sea-Whiz x 4,500 rounds per minute)
 
video
 not content with just passing over, he had to do a couple of curcuits
of the whole field system before Foxtrot Oscaring!!
The mixed Goose Flock completely spooked!
CANADA GOOSE
 and time to beat a retreat down to Blashford.
Again, about the 3rd time this year, there was very little of interest
video
save for a couple of
 COMMON SNIPE
  video
feeding and occasionally scuffling in the margins on 
Ibsley Water,
while over the road just
video
video
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 (how do they know to take flight just as you get the camera on them??)
and a 'shaky'
video
TREECREEPER
were in the Oaks around the car park.
Short, and maybe not that sweet we returned to base.
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