So, sitting at my laptop, on this cold April night; I find myself looking back through files, on my external hard-drive, that record sightings and discoveries from my past. I am frustrated that my ability, with the English language, is unable to accurately describe the feelings that I have at that initial moment of discovery/encounter. That my body is subjected to adrenalin overload, sometimes resulting in bouts of uncontrollable shaking, especially after a prolonged battle with a large fish, is not up for question - just as Dick Walker had said to Fred J - if ever I get so complacent that new discovery becomes mundane - I will quit (life itself!)
|Roddy Hayes and his crew - hanging on to a 800lbs+ Atlantic Blue Marlin (The recovery position!)|
This was a very familiar sight during the Madeira trip - all fish being tagged and released.
|Scarce Bordered Straw - the garden 250w MV moth-trap - June 2006|
|A fantastic surprise - this was the first bird I saw on opening the flap in the "old" hide at|
Restharrow Scrape - was I excited? You bet!
Birding, within a UK context, is rather predictable (twitching apart) - there are very few encounters that are, so unexpected to be, able to cause the pulse rate to rise. Lifting the flaps on the Restharrow Scrape, at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, to find myself staring at a Stone Curlew was certainly an example of the exception to the rule! Autumn is always capable of producing the goods - living on Thanet means that I'm close to the best, geographical, sites on the east coast. I have to admit that it has produced some spectacular birding - a Dartford Warbler is always a nice discovery!
|Tree-lichen Beauty - an incredibly rare UK visitor before 1995 - a species which I now expect to record annually.|
In 2009 there were 19 records from our garden trap - three being the best, one night, total.
|My Alpine Swift in company with an immature Herring Gull - just how Thanet is that?|
We're back off to Scotland, at the beginning of May, for another bash at Loch Awe. I have set my sights on a single fish, a Scottish 20! If it comes to my rods I will have drawn a line through another of my wish list, and have no doubt that I will be a quivering wreck once the fish has been photographed!
|A Dartford Warbler always brightens up a Thanet autumn morning - exciting stuff, but not adrenaline pumping encounters|