Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Watch the birdie: Thousands of twitchers flock to golfcourse

Thousands of twitchers flocked to Bradnor Hill golf course in search of a very different kind of birdie. Nearly 2000 people turned up at England's highest course to watch a Cream-coloured Courser which landed on the eighth fairway.
There was chaos on the course as hordes of bird watchers - many wearing camouflage fatigues - stood or lay in the rough with long lens cameras.
The unusual visitor lives in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East. It spent five days roosting in bracken beside the 442 yard par four hole.
"The twitchers were like ants over the golf course it was crazy" said club professional Dan Jarman, 28. "One guy came all the way from the Isle of Skye and others turned up from London, Newcastle and Manchester. One twitcher told me this was rarer than finding s*** from a rocking horse"
Daily Mirror

Spot the guy who should be at work (when he saw the camera come out he turned around and put his jacket over his head!)

This was as close as we were allowed to get, which was a bit of a shame. It was a bit frustrating  photo wise, watching all the golfers walking past it at half the distance without it budging. Anyway cant complain really! Still fantastic views through the scope and a real privilege to see such a cracking bird.

Views from Englands highest golf course