|HARE, BACKDATED IMAGE FROM CASTLE ASHBY|
Being stuck indoors, I was glad to hear this afternoon of the cancellation of the proposed Badger cull, so pleased I almost jumped off the sofa. Whether the government will try again later next year but keep the proposed cull areas more secretive to prevent the animal right protesters from invading the cull area, we'll have to wait and see. But well done to the animal rights group for being so vocal and out in the "field" causing grief, something I can't do myself.
|LITTLE GREBE, SAME BIRD AS PREVIOUS POST, JUST A BIT GRUMPY|
As I approached the gates near the grave pit I became more aware that the helicopter was still there, now it took my 10 minutes to get from when I first saw the 'copter and when I reached the gate...perhaps what ever they were tracking was heading towards the carpark (it was!!!).
I got to the end of the track that runs past the gravel pit and dodged the flooded bit of path near the carpark by walking round the corner towards the main road, just as I turned to go towards the road I noticed a female copper stood there arms crossed and looking as imposing as she could (she couldn't) as I entered the carpark a male copper and the female copper came running towards me!! "Stop there Sir", I did. "What have you been doing?", I look at my dog and (stupidly) say "what does it look like", "You've been Hare coursing" female copper says, before I get a chance to reply "coursers give greyhound owners a bad reputation", "Was that helicopter following me", it was!!! I explained what I was doing "You don't look like a twitcher", "I'm not, I'm a birdwatcher" and explained the difference, "What does a birdwatcher look like" I asked. I noted the male PC was checking my car details. I explained again what I was doing, how my greyhounds eat rabbit and not Hares, rabbits I skillfully catch and kill from the local butchers! However the female PC was grumpy and started a in depth probe, "what word means the study of birds", "a pervert", not clever but I was now getting grumpy and wet. I even told her how my Uncle Jim was (now retired) a copper in the Met, and when he got a bit old ended up training officers in the skill of high speed pursuits etc at Hendon, "why you walking your dog here", "Why not, everyone else does", I told her how my greyhound crashed out at a race and if it was to run it would re-injure the leg and can only do short walks before it limps, so it wouldn't be any good at chasing Hares. I then spy the male PC using a smart phone (shame the coppers weren't as smart). I asked him if he can browse websites, he said yes, I gave him my website URL and my blog URL. He then shows the female copper the screen, "ornithology" I said to her and got a glare that would've melted an iceberg. The check came back on my name over the radio, oh dear, the mood was improving, I explained the record, and after what seemed an eternity and even more question's they relented, apparently if the force helicopter is flying back to their base after a call out, if they're going across countryside they keep their eyes peeled for hare coursers, fly tipping and do thermal checks on buildings (cannabis growing..apparently)....very odd, but I did get an apology (from the male PC, I really don't know what the female PC's attitude was all about) but the female copper "stropped" back to the car. I said there was no need as I was impressed that they actually bothered with what they thought was hare coursing, just a shame some attitudes (female PC) didn't match the initiative used by the helicopter crew. Very weird. But if someone can tell me what a "proper" birder looks like I would be grateful, perhaps I need a beard or something like that!?
|Kestrel, same bird and post, different angle.|