Our Short-toed Lark (Photo: Jeff)
Fair play to John Wilson for finding the Lark - a cracking find which could easily have been overlooked.
I bunked off some work on Friday to see it and it was well worth the trip. I also managed to find a Hobby over Kenfig Pool. But sadly, while I was watching the Lark I witnessed another 'selfish photographer moment'. I'd been watching the bird for 10 minutes or so when another couple of birders turned up. They'd only just managed to get on to it when a well know Glamorgan photographer just couldn't resist trying to get that little bit closer to the Lark. It was as crap an example of field craft as I've ever seen, and it came from an experienced birder. It was embarassing - not to mention extremely frustrating - watching him. The bird - which everybody has been reporting as 'flighty' - took off and disappeared far away into some long grass. What a pillock (the photographer, not the bird).
This was very disappointing, especially coming so soon after similar exploits at the Black-winged Stilt twitch. I hope it doesn't become a regular sight in Glamorgan. The majority of our photgraphers know where to draw the line but we shouldn't put up with those idiots who don't, and we shouldn't be afraid of calling them back when they get too close to the bird.