You may be forgiven for thinking that my blog has dropped its bird posts altogether. Not so but the health challenges of the last 6-8 months have caused me to reevaluate what is sensible for me to attempt. After successfully negotiating almost 3 weeks on the road in Europe I decided to go to Long Valley yesterday to see if the crake was around.
I arrived about 06.30 and the light was poor. I spent 3 hours there and failed to find the crake but I did take a few shots. None is a close up but just to prove I still ‘do’ birds here is the evidence. They are all exceedingly common starting with this White-breasted Waterhen chick.
I then went to Mai Po to pick up my Frontier Closed Area permit. There I bumped into John Holmes and Martin H. I felt about 70% ok at the end of the morning. The heat still drained me but I felt I could get about for a few hours. I think the trick is to wait for cooler days and be sensible about what I can achieve nowadays. So all in all a satisfactory experiment.