Saturday, 11 February 2012
Trying to photograph buzzards.
On the long half-term drive from Somerset to Norfolk we kept our eyes open for birds of prey and other interesting things. Having to miss wonderful Salisbury Plain, as I needed to drop into Bath and London galleries on route, we drove up the M4 and between Ashcott and the M4/M25 junction we saw 17 buzzards. Most of them were perched on road-side fence posts but several were flying low over fileds, between tree top perches or being harassed by rooks. I stopped in a lay-by next to Dyrham Park, to try to photograph the ice on the tree branches which looked astonishing in the low winter sun, and snapped this quick shot of a buzzard disturbed and gliding away over the icy fields.