Straight away I was onto some wildlife as soon as I crossed the river at the campsite, a Grey Wagtail was taking advantage of the small boats as a launch pad for catching insects off the surface of the water, mostly it was catching these.
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The other notable bird was a Cuckoo calling, I headed off in the general direction of Grendon down the River Nene, couldn't find the cuckoo but carried on down the Nene. I got as far as the canal lock/sluice that sits roughly opposite Whiston village where a footpath leads through a field, it looked tempting so off I went as I could then cycle along Whiston Road and the eight mile bike ride home.
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As I walked up the field it was good to see a Skylark and some Yellowhammers and the Cuckoo again, This time I could see it on the the phone cables in the middle of the field. I was surprised to hear it calling as it appears via the BTO website most are/have left the UK on their long migration back to Africa.
The long journey home was uneventful until I got to Bellinge, a police car pulled up alongside me. "Excuse me, I don't think you should be cycling on the footpath". "Erm, can you see the blue sign there, does it not have a bike and person on it"..copper looks..."that means it's both a footpath and cycle path" somewhat embarrassed and in what I think was an attempt to save face in front of his colleague he then asks "can I ask what you have in the bag"..to be fair my 500mm lens bag is big but "no you can't" I was tired and frazzled from the heat I didn't need this, I definitely didn't want to pull my lens and camera equipment out in front of people on this housing estate, well rough it is. The copper then wanted to stop and search me. "You need a reason, what's your reason". Apparently a woman was mugged by a bloke on a bike, yeah right, but plausible on this estate, stop and search over the bloke wanted advice on camera equipment!! I blew, it doesn't take much to be fair, "you want advice, don't stop someone cycling on a cycle path, don't then stop and search them and finally after all that don't expect them to give you advice on camera equipment" "I'm only doing my job" "are you? The person who did the mugging if there was a mugging, where is he then?" with a few more words exchanged, mostly him warning me I was allowed to go I cycled off the cop car drove past and the other officer waved, boy I was tempted to show a finger or two but thought better of it and just shook my head...idiots.
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