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Old Monday 19th January 2004, 09:35   #7
Still listing - I'll capsize one day
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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The majority of my "Lifers" have come from birding trips (though rarely are the trips specifically to see a certain bird) but there have a been a few exceptions to this. Perhaps the most unexpected bird (in more ways than one!) was my first Short Eared Owl. I was taking my fathers dog for a walk on a salt marsh on the Lincolnshire/Norfolk coast when I very nearly trod on the bird! It flew up just in front of me - giving me a fright! (heart-in-mouth time!) The dog was just as alarmed as me I think!

I wouldn't mind being nearly given a heart attack by birds if they were all like that one sadly though, they're normally Woodpigeons "exploding" from cover 6 inches from my face! I hate them for that!!!!!
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