Boyton Village Sign
Making a last minute decision, I texted Bob Hazell with a view to travelling to Boyton, Suffolk in the hope of seeing the mega Sandhill Crane (Life tick). Leaving Rugby at 0500 we arrived at Boyton at 0800, to find at least thirty cars in the car park. Making haste to the sea wall, the Sandhill Crane was located amongst the Geese at some distance from the sea wall. Viewing was good through a scope but the strong westerly blow caused a great deal of distortion and camera shake (my excuse!). The Crane seemed to be feeding well, completing a circuit of its chosen field and was stretching and calling regularly. The Carrion Crows seemed to take exception to its presence and a great deal of mobbing occured. Reasonable views were had for about two and a half hours. Suddenly the Crane took to flight. Expecting nothing more than a circuit of the field, we were surprised as it flew south and gained great height, eventually disappearing from sight. The Crane has not (yet) been re-located. So pleased we made an early start!
I have a confession to make. I rarely twitch birds at distant locations, only doing this twice - once for the Marmoras Warbler in Gwent and today for the Sandhill Crane. On both occasions, after I observed the birds, they were not seen again. Am I the grim reaper of twitching? Perhaps you should check with me to see if i'm going to the next one!
Overall, a super day and thanks to Bob for doing the driving. Below is a selection of Sandhill Crane images. I did my best!
The Distance Shot!