Buzzard in Snow
Avibus – Birding for Trackers
Andreas Wenger, December 2020
Actually, I had planned a different topic to get started. However, one of my tracker principles tells me:
It was one of those days that couldn’t be long enough. Finally, snow had fallen even in the lowlands, a tempting invitation to investigate so many questions that had accumulated over time. Like a book with glossywhite pages and densely filled with writing, nature was waiting for deciphering. Hurry was necessary, the “föhn- wall” was pushed up from the south and this warm wind was going to clear inexorably all the messages.
The goal for today were birds of prey. Among the bird tracks I have been collecting for years, this order is rather sparsely represented. Now there was a chance to fill this gap. Therefore, we made our way over the rolling hills to have an eye on raptors sitting on the ground. I instructed my wife beside me, “You have to spot the buzzards, then we’ll stop, look at the tracks, take the necessary photos – that’s what I expect from you!”
Her gaze expressed a mixture of emancipated resistance and benevolent compassion.
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