Saturday, 20 May 2017

Subbuteo show

I'm walking across the open shingle and a Hobby comes into view - low, quick wing-beats, intent on prey. It brushes the top of the Broom and then pirouettes higher before snatching at prey. Dragonfly? Moth? Butterfly? It's hard to tell, but it's been successful as it eats on the wing, feeding itself with brief offerings from talons to beak. A quick break is taken, perched on the skeletal remains of a bush. No real rest though, it fidgets, looking around, weighing up the options, then it's off! Another winged morsel has broken cover, more energy to consume. It takes it with ease, consumption in the air, digestion at rest. I try to hide and hope it comes closer, but of course it knows I'm there. After five minutes the show is over. I lose it heading westwards. My treading of the shingle resumes. Minus a Hobby. The loss keenly felt.

2 comments:

  1. Marvellous stuff. How long you there for this time? There's a male Red-veined Darter out there in The Desert, assuming it survived the Hobby!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe 10-14 days Seth. Did look for the Darter, which was found in exactly the same area as the hunting Hobby...

      Delete