Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

When I was at pri­mary school, I re­ceived a birth­day present. It was a Bird Spot­ters’ Hand­book. In the book, it gave points for each bird you would see that year. There was one bird, at the top of the list, which scored 100 and I re­mem­ber think­ing, imag­ine see­ing that! A few years later, bird­watch­ing took a back seat and on my 40th birth­day I re­ceived a pair of binoc­u­lars for watch­ing cricket. Dur­ing my birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, a group of us went for a long week­end in the For­est of Dean (where I grew up). I took my new binoc­u­lars and sud­denly bird­watch­ing was back on my life’s agenda. Four years later, with a sub­scrip­tion to Bird Watch­ing Mag­a­zine and a new cam­era for my 44th birth­day, I found my­self in a park in the Santa Cruz de Tener­ife. I had read that they could be spot­ted in the area, but never dreamed I would have such a close en­counter with one. Af­ter 34 (or so) years, 100 points scored! A Hoopoe. You beauty! Cale In­gram

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