So after having a bit of a nightmare trying to book my planned visit down to Salisbury, it’s set up for next week, Lynne at the Great Bustard centre was really helpful, but apparently the enquiries email for them doesn’t go through to her it goes to Dave who is out of the country quite a lot, so my visit is a week late, sorry Suzie, no tutorial for me this week. But I figured gathering real live research on my chosen subject was better than not having anything to show…

I need to have this evidence in the background for my project, it’s absolutely imperative to have first hand photos and video and sound and to have been to the site where the reintroduction was chosen to most closely replicate their favoured habitat. It will give me understanding and more of a connection in a way nothing else will.

This puts a lot of pressure onto the visit though, I get a time slot of 2pm and 90 minutes in the hide, if I can’t gather enough, it’s not feasible to pop down to Salisbury every week to try!

I have my kit in place, a Nikon D7000, 80-400mm lens, monopod (essential with such a long lens), spotting binoculars and my little H1 Zoom, plus it’s own baby tripod. I don’t know what sound I’ll gather as the hide is 300 metres away, but it will hopefully give me the habitat sound that I’m after.

Obviously I would like to get some physical recordings from the birds themselves but, not on this trip. I will speak to the guys there and explain my project to see if there is any way of gathering closer sound…

 

 

 

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