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Last Friday I shot a farm that I’d been watching most afternoons on the way home from work. There had been plenty of birds every time with a line joining it from a distant wood. I got set up and the birds started to arrive but not in the numbers I’d been seeing. I finished the afternoon with 60 pigeon.

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Friday just gone I shot a field of clover that I’d been keeping an eye on. The trouble is the birds just weren’t settled on one field. I normally shoot some good bags on this clover around May time but with a few starting to build up I gave it a go. The forecast was heavy showers and they didn’t get it wrong, I got soaked. I was set up on the edge of a small copse for 13.00 and called it a day at 17.00. The heavens opened as I was packing up so no picture but I finished on 58 pigeon.

Yesterday I shot a 100 acre field of rape which half hasn’t come very well. Again I’d been watching it on my way home from work and there was a steady line joining it. There is no cover in this field and after watching it all week the birds wanted the middle of the field and that’s where I set up. I got set up earlier than I needed to but the birds came nicely all afternoon with the bulk coming from 15.30 onwards. I finished with 123 pigeon. 52AD6DFC-34D6-4CFA-AF96-4DB3AD1E3645.jpeg.1c74c0b004c9c9c971596d7241a39ad0.jpeg

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Well done and thanks for posting.

That just goes to show that regular reconnaissance and setting up where the pigeons want to be and not where it’s most convenient, pays dividends every time.

OB

 

 

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Very good BB. 

1 minute ago, Old Boggy said:

Well done and thanks for posting.

That just goes to show that regular reconnaissance and setting up where the pigeons want to be and not where it’s most convenient, pays dividends every time.

OB

 

 

My thoughts exactly.

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A busy week, well done, :good: there's a lot of poor rape this year, not sure if it was the poor sowing conditions in August or the very wet winter we have had, those rape fields look dryish, is it light soil?

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Three excellent bags on different fields , maybe not the numbers you were hopping for but for us lesser mortals they would be Red letter days .

What do spring to mind is how convenient the fields are that can be looked at on the way home from your work place , now the clocks have gone forward you should find them feeding for a extra hour at the moment and longer as the weeks wear on .

Nice photos and THANKS for posting .:good:   MM

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3 hours ago, old'un said:

A busy week, well done, :good: there's a lot of poor rape this year, not sure if it was the poor sowing conditions in August or the very wet winter we have had, those rape fields look dryish, is it light soil?

Yes this ground is fairly light. If you look at the last picture the rape in the distance was planted 2 weeks earlier than the field I shot. The other fields are now well in to flower, this was due to the constant rain we had after it was drilled

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44 minutes ago, marsh man said:

Three excellent bags on different fields , maybe not the numbers you were hopping for but for us lesser mortals they would be Red letter days .

What do spring to mind is how convenient the fields are that can be looked at on the way home from your work place , now the clocks have gone forward you should find them feeding for a extra hour at the moment and longer as the weeks wear on .

Nice photos and THANKS for posting .:good:   MM

I’m quite lucky in the fact that I can start and finish work whenever I want as long as we get our hours in every week. I start early and finish early meaning I can look for pigeons when I finish. It also helps that I can shoot most of the farms between work and home so I normally take a different route back every afternoon to look what’s going on 

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