A gentle hazy morning, birding with the Devon Bird Watching & Preservation Society (DBWPS). A soft blue sky, the sound of skylark and curlew and the rhythm of surf breaking just over the pebble ridge. Time to relax. After so much cold and dismal weather, it was good to feel the sun’s warmth.
We were a quiet group of around 25 people, most armed with serious-looking telescopes. Someone very kindly let me take a look through his, and once again I was staggered by the sheer variety and abundance of bird-life along the water’s edge – a lot of which was invisible to the naked eye. I loved the way they stood basking in the sunshine, almost motionless among the rocks, disguising themeselves as pebbles.
I am not very good at bird recognition, but I was certainly able to pick out… lots of white ones and lots of black ones, and also some black and white ones.
It is not possible to take photos through a telescope, and not easy to record birds in flight whilst fumbling with binoculars and camera, and trying to untangle their neck straps! But I fret if I don’t come away with something, so here are a few fragments:
How fantastic to be able to fly freely through the airwaves. I love the forms and lines that the flight takes through the sky – making life energy visible.