Having successfully located the Greater Yellowlegs a couple of weekends ago I've been grounded by work commitments ever since. June is always a busy month for me, especially at the Daily Star.
Not only do I have to put together a 16-page Epsom Derby pull-out (this Friday as it happens), but in two weeks time I'll be organising eight-page pull-outs for each day of Royal Ascot.
Added to which I've another racing magazine to design by the end of the month and the Racehorse Owners Association AGM and lunch event to create branding and literature for, as well as designing an Annual Report (which I've just finished today). Busy times, so birding once again goes on the back burner for much of the time.
When I went for the Yellowlegs, I contemplated travelling to Dorset for the female Red-footed Falcon at Wareham. I didn't go in the end – it was just too far in the circumstances – and surmised I'd would eventually get to see one closer to home, either somewhere in Sussex or Kent.
For once, my decision was the right one, as a Red-footed Falcon appeared near Barcombe Mill near Lewes over the weekend.
It was still there yesterday, so I orchestrated some time to go down in the afternoon.
So glad I did. What a fantastic bird – my highlight of the year so far.
|The Red-footed Falcon at Barcombe Mill – what a bird!|
|Two stunning Hobby perched close by|
|With care you could get relatively close|
|I enjoyed close-up views of this stunning falcon|
I stayed for about an hour enjoying the display before heading back to the car. I bumped into David Campbell on the way – haven't seen him in a long time so it was good to stop for a chat.
|My bird of the year so far|