Sunday, April 15, 2012

15th April 2012


Now I don’t claim this to be the best photo of a Barn Owl you’ll ever see, but at least it’s my photo. And a privilege to have been there to take it, although this was part of a display and easy to capture. I once managed to catch a few shots of another owl in the wild, and whilst the photo’s aren’t worth reproducing it felt much more exciting, especially when the thing first flew within a few yards of my motorhome. My back garden has the predictable selection of small birds mixed with a few blackbirds, magpies and the ubiquitous pigeons; so I quite like the drama of coming across these rarer breeds. Funny how, quite a few years ago, when Jane and I accidently stumbled across the Bird Reserve in Dunwich, we considered the whole twitching thing to be rather weird and of zero interest. But then, this last couple of years or so we discovered Bempton Cliffs and were simply awestruck with the experience. Yes that was where we saw the wild Barn Owl but I had very limited equipment, only a simple extra zoom digital camera and didn’t even think to take a tripod so had limited success. I know almost nothing about birds and so we took along a Bird Spotting book to tick our sightings off.


We did see Gannets…

Lots of them...

And even the occasional Puffin...

But this is one view I’ll never see again…

Ok, I need to make a point. Apparently maybe 200,000 birds nest on these cliffs each summer, and I can guarantee not one of them sits around worrying about anything. The vast majority seem to find a nesting site and food aplenty, that’s why they’re there. And the birdsong is incredible. If God can take care of them, year after year, I’m sure he can take care of me…

Matthew 6:26-27 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’ (NLT)

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