A further day of disappointment for the photographers occasioned by stubborn eagles.
For the first feeding there were about 35 birds reported and some excellent photographic opportunities. Once more the wind direction dictated a vantage point on the stern side of the field along the row of evergreens. As there is a natural ridge in the field this means the the chickens are thrown out relatively close to the photographers and all expressed pleasure with the result, despite my feeling disappointed by the numbers.
For the second feeding I was encouraged to throw the chickens even closer and it didn't work except for the ravens who had the field pretty much to themselves. On the eastern side upwards of 35 birds could be seen in the trees, but there they remained except for the occasional flyby.
I had to leave for my usual chicken run and when I returned just after noon the last of the photographers was conceding defeat and leaving. I gave it an hour before returning to the field and as is usually the case the absence of humans resulted in a cleaning from the field of all the chicken.
This is not a good sign for the upcoming weekends and I am concerned for a good show for the big crowds.
There will be two feedings tomorrow at 8:30 and 10:30. Better luck next time.
Malcolm lives in Sheffield Mills and is our resident eagle feeder. He feeds the eagles daily and has a unique relationship with these large birds. These are his adventures!