Saturday, May 25, 2013


back in Lincs -- I was out scanning for raptors when a sudden movement caught my eye along a nearby fence line; looking down I saw a Hobby fly up and land on a post -- amazingly it sat there even though it could see me and I was able to go to my car and get the camera; it had been cold and wet for days so I suspected it was short of food but as I approached it there was no reaction to my presence apart from the odd head turning action; I took a series of photos of my favourite bird but I was all the time conscious of the fact that it surely was not well so I backed off and watched it from a distance. It flew for about 200m to another post and then dropped onto the ditch side where it appeared to be hunting insects in the dead reed stems but as a dog walker and two dogs and a tractor passed within 3m of it there was no reaction so I tried to catch it but at 2-3 m distance it flew off to the fence posts again; I hope it survived but I have sincere doubts -- should I have taken the photos? its  amoral issue but I left it alone as soon as I realised it was not in the best of health -- with the spring we have had it seems that many migrants have not been able to replace fat used on migration and birds like this first-summer individual may not have developed the hunting skills to kill birds so the lack of insects will have been quickly detrimental to them -- an encounter that should have been one of my best ever but one that turned out to be rather sad


Shaun harvey said...

That's a great photograph

Sophie Larkins said...

Sad story, I think many birds are finding it tough at the moment. Nesting late (if at all) and struggling to find food. Let's hope the better weather stays to give the Hobbies a better chance.