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Wildfowling

Wildfowling
February 20
08:06 2019

Whetting the wigeon senses

By Alan Jarrett.

THE wind roared at my back as I lounged against the five-foot high salting edge. The dog sat below the ridge and was also completely hidden. It had not developed into a classic morning flight but it was better than I had been expecting after a slow birdless start with nothing moving at first light.

It was comfortable there, resting my arms and gun across the top of the salting. From that position it was possible to observe anything which might be going on in front of me and to watch the occasional pack of wigeon tearing out to sea.

It often amazes me how wildfowl can move at speed against the wind. Wigeon are superbly developed for long flights in poor weather conditions with their streamlined shape seeming to spear through the air in spite of the conditions.

The flight of a dozen or more birds is an exhilarating sight as they dive headlong towards their roost out on mudflat or sea with a certain wildness about them perhaps unmatched by any other wildfowl. A superb sporting bird.

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