It seems photographing birds has something in common with fishing as there are always the ones that got away. Today I new there was a bird of prey about as next doors aviary birds and my own ducks and chickens always react to them. I grabbed the camera and took a walk up the back. I waited for 10 minutes with not a bird in site. I don't just mean birds of prey, I mean not a bird to be seen or heard. Then just as I turned back toward the house, a Collared Sparrowhawk flew over the neighbour's fence straight toward me, On seeing me it panicked and to an aerial U-turn while I panicked waving the camera all over the place taking shots of trees, bushes, and sky. The interesting thing is that once it had flown off about half a km away, about 15 -20 birds started flitting about all over the place. They must have been laying low until the predator moved on. There was also a pair of White-bellied Sea eagles and a possible Wedge-tailed Eagle flying about the hill but even with the new lens they were too far off to photograph properly.
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