Ian says …. Our penultimate day saw us walk back up the forest track to the area of ‘Arnie’ the Caper. After over an hour sat at the side of the track we began to worry as on our last visit he had not looked his usual self. This worry was soon gone as 10 minutes later he appeared at the top of the slope head back and tail out. No need for the 1.4 converter on the 600mm lens for such a big bonny bird. A few pics later and we were leaving. This could be our last sighting of Arnie as there are rumours that he is soon to be relocated as some visitors have been reported hitting him when he gets too close. Such a shame for such a fabulous bird. It was back to the car and a ride round to check for Ospreys but no luck – it seems that a lot of the Ospreys are still on their way back up – held back with the bad weather over the last weeks. It was then back to the lodge and a spell in the hide but this didn’t get me anything worth keeping.
Pauline say’s …. I can’t tell you the relief I felt when he appeared and was so obviously full of himself! We were almost about to pack up and leave un-rewarded and even more worried that he had either died or been taken away. We’ve heard the rumours of removal and I have commentated recently on Wild About Britain and Peter Cairns Northshots website about this and the general argument about people visiting this particular bird.
Programmes on the tv – Autum/Springwatch in particular are trying to get folks out into the countryside to experience nature but then hoping somehow that once they are interested they will only continue to watch common stuff in public places just doesn’t make sense? Once you are interested in something you want to see the whole range surely and you go to places on holiday or special visits hoping to see a few of those specialities? Yes? No? And photographers? I will quote Geoff Simpson here … ‘Who’d have thought that if you put an attractive bird in front of a photographer they would want to photograph it?’ … Then surely it makes sense that if you find that you have such a ‘draw’ in your area or on your land you will make arrangements for its safe observation whether that’s for education, the birds safety or photographic purposes? Its been done with osprey and the lady’s slipper so why not this caper before someone hits him hard enough with a tripod to kill him …..