Watch the birdies

Sporting Gun - - Letters -

Do you rely on up-to-date in­tel­li­gence on bird move­ments when it comes to chas­ing wild­fowl on the fore­shore or purely go off pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence? I try to keep an eye on what’s about but find wild­fowl un­pre­dictable.

Tom says: I know what you mean. You will find pat­terns and soon work out where is best to go at a cer­tain time of year, with a par­tic­u­lar weather fore­cast and tide. This comes with ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of the ground. I have been out a lot on my lo­cal marshes and learn some­thing new ev­ery time I go out. The trick is to adapt to the sit­u­a­tion and be will­ing to try some­thing new. I am still find­ing new and ex­cit­ing spots to shoot de­spite be­ing a full mem­ber for years. I will go off bird move­ments and use a blend of pre­vi­ous knowl­edge as well as what I see when out and about through spot­ting.

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