I have been somewhat incapacitated for the last couple of weeks but fancied getting out and about for a relatively 'easy' target at the weekend.
I wanted something a bit more unusual than garden birds but also something that didn't involve a lot of walking so the rough legged buzzard at Grindale kind of fitted the bill.
I expected it to be around the skydive club so headed there at first passing a 'buzzard' in a tree close to the road, but headed on if nothing else to rule out the fact that it might have sill been loyal to its original spot.
As it happened it was the RLB feeding at the entrance to a small caravan site in an area of rough grass and immature trees.
At first views were distant and into the light, however it soon became apparent that the buzzard was remaining faithful to this relatively small patch and as the 'crowd' thinned out I decided to drive down the lane in the hope of getting closer and the sun being in the right position.
The rest really is history as the bird showed magnificently down to about 20m at times giving the most wonderful photo opportunities.
My best shots ever of an RLB might be tempted to pop back if there's some snow on the ground.