On Saturday the weather was overcast warm and a bit of a breeze so it looked promising. As soon as I got out of the car I could hear the Green Woodpeckers calling, but I decided to concentrate on the Hobbies for this trip.
I had already seen two on the journey down to Bedfordshire, so when I arrived at Sandy I went straight down to the area where they were last year.
Immediately I saw a Hobby flying over the valley, but it was not calling and I could not hear any young ones.
I patrolled the valley catching glimpses of the adult birds flying around, and at one point a crow came over the wood and was immediately mobbed by a Hobby, this suggested there was a nest there, somewhere.
At last a bird perched on top of a tree, high up and further up the valley, I managed some real distant shots, but had to do better.
I walked closer to the tree and got another couple of shots. It was eating something but I could not make out what.
It then flew across the valley and out of sight.
I located myself closer to the tree and waited and waited. It came back but sat in the tree next to it, I thought it had caught a swift and a wing fell to the ground. I got a couple of shots but it was against the white background of the clouds - not great.
That was the last I saw of them for about 2 hours. A young Green Woodpecker perched on top of a stump and I got a couple of hurried photos - it was about 50 yards away in fading light.
Eventually the Hobby came back and sat in the same tree again, this time with a dragonfly, I got a few decent pics, but it was getting dull now and I had to up the ISO.
The Hobby again flew into the trees across the valley with the dragonfly, I had to investigate further but -
t was time to go, I would return on Sunday. More to come later..............