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  1. Cracking shooting there...you were really on form. There was one bird there that had obviously been shot at before & took quick & effective evasive action as soon as it saw you move to shoot. It swung down & to your right which just saved its life? The others were not so lucky. Great vid thanks.
  2. Love the water droplets on her head. Often see them when fishing & saw one diving into a very strong current on a river in Scotland once. How they don't get washed away is a mystery to me. Great pictures once again thanks.
  3. That last picture is something else GG. The yellow/green overtones of the Chiffchaff's plumage mirrors the colour of the algae between the cone bracts.Yet again you have smashed it with your patience & lenses. Hard to imagine that those tiny, thin legs carry skin,bone, tendons, arteries ,veins & nerves to their feet ..the same as ours. They're even skinnier than my wife's legs but not quite so bowed.
  4. No matter where they're looking ,they always look slightly angry. Fabulous picture (as usu).
  5. Good morning WalkedUp. We were shooting in Northeast Herefordshire & had a good view of the Malvern hills from that field. Farmer came & watched us with his new baby ( from his truck). I did tell him to go & get his gun as he has had little shooting this year, but he was too busy babysitting whilst his wife was out ( probably on her horse). A lot of the land around here has a red tinge to it & can be terracotta coloured after a shower of rain.
  6. Dave & I have blundered around all winter chasing pigeons through woods ,over fields of rape & under evaporating flightlines. Every week we load up the gear & set out to cover miles looking for our elusive quarry, sometimes spending most of the day in the vehicle with a desperate drive to a roost wood for a dozen birds as a 'better than nothing ' option. Over the last month we have watched three different fields being drilled with beans only to find not a single bird interested. Last weekend yet another 35 acres of beans were drilled ; I watched these drillings for three days &
  7. Washing soda crystals pushed straight down their throat is a bit unpleasant for the dog but it's what we always used to induce emesis in dogs in the old days before the advent of apomorphine. Mind you apomorphine can be just as unpleasant for some dogs. Was once found in every household in the laundry/ cleaning dept. You can still get washing soda crystals if you search. A crystal about the size/ shape of a raisin is enough. No point in giving it 2 hours after dog has eaten toxic substance but worth doing & will work before that. I have my doubts about panicking with chocolate bel
  8. A class act! If only every pigeon shooter could emulate this talented lad. The boredom of social isolation has led me into the depths of that video site; Watching numerous pigeon shooting vids which display the other end of the scale where the shooters seem happy to end the day having recorded the maiming of more birds than they record killed. We all miss but one shooter maimed birds & moved on to do the same on another bird with his second barrel. Mr .Bradley-Day has restored a bit of yang to even up my damaged video ying. Thanks for posting as hadn't discovered this one.
  9. Centrepin took the words right out of my mouth. Toy gun .." see how many pigeons you can shoot with Daddy"... might work?
  10. With your normal gun your bag might have been over 30 maybe. You've got to try these things.... but simple is usually best? Sounds like you have enough pigeons about to pin a few down eventually. Good report thanks.
  11. Jealous or what? Not only because you had such good sport without carting your gear miles over rape fields , but also because that sort of shooting can be the most testing & keeps you on your toes. The footprints in the snow tell some of the story with two very busy dogs trying to keep up with the tally , with your bootprint next to the black lab suggesting he needed 'positioning' for the photo shoot? A very good bag for flighting. A very good bag full stop this year. I used to shoot pigeons in Fife ,around St. Andrews, for a few days each March with a local guide who would find
  12. An expectant Spaniel's face peeking around the hide there. I hope you gave him something to do! You wouldn't have ventured out in our neck of the woods today...driving wind & snow all day. Hoping they will get onto the rape around here soon, they are still on acorns & ivy berries & still difficult to pin down. 10's & 15's roost shooting is all we have managed since Xmas. Thanks for posting as per usual..always a good read.
  13. Happy days Hitman. Good to read the report and see that they are keen on the rape up there. Hopefully they will follow suit further south later in January. I do feel for you though having shot 38 after a long walk up a field to get to the right spot. My personal limit for a return journey to the car with all the gear is around 30 birds. More than 40 means a rest half way back or a second journey . Over 50 ( with no help) and its definitely a second trip back to the hide..the worst part of a decent bag. I find myself counting the paces to the truck which doesn't really help but takes yo
  14. Still big numbers on acorns in Hereford/ Sth. Shropshire with a few drifting onto Ivy berries. Not seen a bird on rape as yet...& had a good drive round Boxing Day. At least they are now taking acorns off the ground now, so may have a go at decoying them tomorrow as the Memsahib will be out on her horse for the day. Will charge up the Go-Pro tonight but may not need it? Hope you Pigeon Watchers find a few in January...it's been a bit lean.
  15. Seventh shot down is almost as if they are rehearsing for a musical & sequentially lining up. I think you may have some Dr. Dolittle powers there GG. All the pictures are stunning & I would gladly have any hanging on my wall. Thanks for posting.
  16. What a fantastic picture... patience & perseverance no doubt. Designed to kill; We are all heavy handed on Carrions & magpies , but the sparrowhawk must account for a songbird/ LBJ every day, with several a day in the breeding season. But even if it were not protected I suspect few of us would want to raise a gun to one. Having said that we have all probably seen a gun raised to one on shoots when mistaken for a pigeon shooting overhead?
  17. Experience tells sometimes! Cracking day.
  18. The pigeons around here are in small flocks (plenty of them) and are drifting around. Mainly in the trees, going from one stand of oaks to another & rarely on the ground beneath the oaks. I think they are still getting acorns off the branches. Saw one huge flock on a barley stubble whilst walking the dog ,but were gone in an hour; Looked at the stubble (from July) & there were a huge amount of whole barley ears still lying on the ground... a massive food source but they were not really interested. They are mooching around like bored teenagers & I rate the chances of decoying them
  19. As B725 says this is more commonly used as a green fertiliser. There were 3 farmers using this in our patch over the summer espescially on ground that they were unable to drill with spring crops. It made little sense to me when you consider the diesel costs of working the ground & drilling, the spray costs (these crops were dessicated ) ,then chopped & finally cultivated into the new seedbed this Autumn. On the up side a couple of fields did attract pigeons...one field early on where they were after the rape & red clover as it emerged & one after it had been chopped. The
  20. That's about the size of bag me & my mate would have counted as a good session! ( Well done ..but there's no need to shout ). They are still finding the odd stubble but they are rapidly being ploughed in & drilled around here; Drillings are not attracting much attention either. Same with the maize unfortunately.
  21. Perfect session for you & the 'boys' I'd say. You're getting quite professional with the filming as well...beginning , middle & end with decent music. Ted & Bear will have dreamt about the morning when they got in front of the fire back home. You shot quite well into the bargain. Wheels are bound to come off soon. Thanks for posting.
  22. Shot a few in Herefordshire this evening & was also surprised that a few had acorns in their crops. A large crop of acorns in our neck of the woods but today was the first time I'd seen them dropping out of their cups rather than being 'ripped off' the trees by a high wind. V little breeze today here. Fewer pigeons than usual for the Autumn in my fairly extensive patch. I worry a little that the late harvest will provide too much in the way of stubbles for the birds to concentrate on the acorns? In my book the flighting of birds over Oak trees beats shooting semi- hovering birds over dec
  23. Wow> How much does he charge per hour for modeling duties? Another picture highlighting your photographic skills GG.
  24. You are holding up the video section on your own Big Al.That cottage fire would be surrounded by knackered dogs at the end of the day? Who said dog's can't smile for the camera? The season is over in a second it seems..probably my age as well , time goes quicker! Only a few days left to savour & then concentrate on the pigeon population. I must contribute more; Have a day on Thurs which I shall try to record. Keep smiling Ted & Co.
  25. Snipe retrieve picture is one to savour.
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