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Old 23-09-2016, 06:02 PM
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That's great Barry, can you explain the flight? Was the partridge sitting, running or flying?
It was a gusty day here today, but warm when the sun hit your face.
The farm we're on has undulating low hills all around, but to the north, the fields run steadily up hill to a cliff about 200 feet high. At each end of the cliff, about a mile apart are two strips of broadleaf trees. If the wind is straight off the south, the cliff gives good lift. If the wind is off the west or east, but with a fraction of south in it, the strips of trees give enough lift to get birds up to the cliff, where they can work the rising air in the corners created between the tree strips and the cliff. If like today, there is some warmth, the birds can get clear of the turbulent air created by the low hills on the farm using the trees and clifff as described above, then grab the sun (the cliff being in the north is a sun trap all day and makes great thermals) and get terrific height on the resulting thermals.
Today saw a WSW wind, so game on for good pitch for a guest we had out. The eagle was slipped on the west side of the trees. He made height on the windward side of the trees, and naturally drifted up to the cliff. Once in the corner between cliff and woods, he shot up in the cleaner air and made about 600' in no time at all.
We walked west to get into open space to see everything clearly, when the buzzard eagle got the attention of three wild buzzards. Now, as we walked, we must have got some partridge scurrying through the grass because although we didn't see them, our bird started a steep stoop. We thought that he was just coming away from the attention of the buzzards and hustling for a reward for his work. However, it was soon clear that his stoop was towards a spot maybe 80 or 100 yards west of us. Sure enough, with us getting closer, and the eagle now only about 100 yards away and 200' up, a covey of 8 partridge flushed, and frankly, with only a minor jink to follow an evasive move, he scooped up the partridge maybe just 15' off the ground.
We dont do any intentiomal hunting until October, so this was NOT on the agenda, but none the less, Job done.
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Old 23-09-2016, 06:08 PM
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It was a gusty day here today, but warm when the sun hit your face.
The farm we're on has undulating low hills all around, but to the north, the fields run steadily up hill to a cliff about 200 feet high. At each end of the cliff, about a mile apart are two strips of broadleaf trees. If the wind is straight off the south, the cliff gives good lift. If the wind is off the west or east, but with a fraction of south in it, the strips of trees give enough lift to get birds up to the cliff, where they can work the rising air in the corners created between the tree strips and the cliff. If like today, there is some warmth, the birds can get clear of the turbulent air created by the low hills on the farm using the trees and clifff as described above, then grab the sun (the cliff being in the north is a sun trap all day and makes great thermals) and get terrific height on the resulting thermals.
Today saw a WSW wind, so game on for good pitch for a guest we had out. The eagle was slipped on the west side of the trees. He made height on the windward side of the trees, and naturally drifted up to the cliff. Once in the corner between cliff and woods, he shot up in the cleaner air and made about 600' in no time at all.
We walked west to get into open space to see everything clearly, when the buzzard eagle got the attention of three wild buzzards. Now, as we walked, we must have got some partridge scurrying through the grass because although we didn't see them, our bird started a steep stoop. We thought that he was just coming away from the attention of the buzzards and hustling for a reward for his work. However, it was soon clear that his stoop was towards a spot maybe 80 or 100 yards west of us. Sure enough, with us getting closer, and the eagle now only about 100 yards away and 200' up, a covey of 8 partridge flushed, and frankly, with only a minor jink to follow an evasive move, he scooped up the partridge maybe just 15' off the ground.
We dont do any intentiomal hunting until October, so this was NOT on the agenda, but none the less, Job done.
Barry.
Thanks for the write up Barry. My my that must of been some sight! I bet that will stick in your mind forever.
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Old 23-09-2016, 06:13 PM
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Would have been spectacular to watch! Thanks for sharing


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Old 23-09-2016, 09:12 PM
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Impressive bird thanks for sharing the pics,good to see somthing different.
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Old 23-09-2016, 10:06 PM
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Barry

Great read and much appriciated, reading your account was like being their without the hairs standing up on your neck ( you would have o be there for that

Keep them coming

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