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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 13:24   #76
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Its further than it looks!

Snuck out of the house fairly early for the Wallcreeper 'trek' - 20 mins maybe.

It was steeper than I thought and further and took a bit longer c.1 hour to get in situ. However, almost immediate success with the male and then 2 mintues after the female - I could be back for brunch.

Feedinig was fairly frequent as with Flavien and I set a time limit of 11.00 to set off back - fatal! At about 10.45, I think the female, one of the adults seemed to be trying to entice the young out of the cavity and then yes I saw one.

I know I'll go a little higher. Then the male, female and male in the space of 15 minutes. I could see 2 chicks just coming out. Brilliant.

I thought I'd wait for one more vist - 38 minutes -WHAT! Ok one last 1h45. i should have had my feet under the table at this time - the only compensation was a pair of Alpine Accentor in the same spot....

Not the best pictures but hey...
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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 13:26   #77
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What a great day! Not looking forward to work now....
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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 13:43   #78
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Love the flight shot - that's a belter!
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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 13:55   #79
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Agree - good stuff.
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After the excitment of Sunday reality returned with a shopping trip (work). Anyway, as mentioned before it does give me the oppourtunity to head down the mountain and stake out the airport and a couple of dirt tracks.

Result! A juv Woodchat Shrike popped out. Then had a little fight with a juv RB Shrike.

I have raised the question on another thread but was it coincedence that the two were together? I ask this because a couple of years ago there was a suspicion that a male RB and a female Woodchat got together, about 5 miles from here. Also, to my mind its got to be early for this fellow to be migrating or at least he can't have come far!

Anyway, whilst I got some pictures of the Woodchat I only managed a couple of the RB and none from the side or behind!

Sadlty the rest of the trip did actually involve shopping, rain, wind and not many birds although did have at least 5 Green Woodpeckers - a mixture of adult and young along the track and on the military base.
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