Shot of the Day
After tea I connected the nestcam to the TV to see if there was any action. Lately the Blue Tits have roosting at night but there has been little activity in the box through the day. I was just about to disconnect and head up the hill to see if there was any sign of the Hen Harriers when I noticed the female was sitting and was moving around quite busily, hopefully laying eggs. I set my camera on movie mode and recorded the following clip.
Eventually I managed to drag myself away. When I arrived at the usual viewing spot I discovered I had left my binoculars behind and with my eyes it would be a waste of time attempting to see any Hen Harrier activity, but it wasn't a wasted journey by any means. A short distance along the road there were a group of people cutting peat and I thought this was an excellent photo opportunity. As busy as they were they made me very welcome and were quite chatty.
everyone gets mucked in
With lots of effort and teamwork there seems to be a good system operating
The peat is laid out to dry over the summer months
A future cutter perhaps
This traditional activity has changed little over the centuries and provides an excellent source of heat during the winter months. Click here to find out more about peat cutting.