Local birders are going 'green' for this year's New Year bird race, eschewing motorised transport for their rusty bicycles and shank's ponies. Having been cycling a fair bit lately I thought I would give it a crack, starting around 0730 with my first stop at Bestwall where calling Cetti's and flying Water Rail obliged. Then just as my Stock Dove stake-out site was delivering, my rear brake cable snapped! Cycling on ice with only a front brake seemed a tad reckless so I returned home to assess the options, the least worst of which was to ditch the road bike for a 20-year old mountain bike gathering dust at the back of the shed - better off-road but not so comfortable on it.
|Peregrine Falcon - reliable on the cliffs at Durlston (pic from last year)