One of the joys of birding is to unexpectedly come across kindred spirits and that happened just the other day when I was trying to capture some images of the Shining Bronze Cuckoo in my previous entry.
A couple approached me at the Powder Magazine in Sale and asked what I was chasing with the binoculars and camera. As usual, I began to wonder do I just say, “A bird”, or do I say, “A Cuckoo”, or do I even say, “A Shining Bronze Cuckoo”. To my absolute delight, David and his wife were as passionate about the avi-fauna in the district as I am.
We looked at the Cuckoo and some of the images I’d managed, listened to its call and chatted for some time. David related the story of a Hobby devouring a meal on the nature strip in the middle of Sale back in February this year, (oops, last year), and said he had some pictures, would I like to see them? Wow, they arrived today – beautiful. I now have some great pictures of a Hobby to replace the ones in my mind of a dark bird zooming through the background.
(All pictures by David Crouch of Sale)
Thanks David, wonderful shots of an uncommon bird.