An early phone call to assuage doubts about the strong wind and we met up for Hamner part 2!
The wind strength fluctuated throughout the early part of the day but calmed as the day went on, first up was Andy’s Hades who worked tight and well despite the strong wind blowing at that time, reaching a decent pitch we flushed a partridge which after a nice vertical stoop he was unlucky not to bring to bag
Next went a very smartly attired Shaun, with TJ over Tim’s dog jack on point, she powered off into the distance as was lost from sight with the view blocked by trees, he moved into the next field to get eyes on and jack broke the point, a swing of the lure and she appeared into view and was taken up
A long walk to another area saw lots of game moving about, TJ went up into a good wind and was nice and high but placed too far upwind for a decent chance she reined back in but failed to partake and had gone off the boil, having seen partridge moving in place Tim put Ozzy up and we advanced in line he worked hard in the wind and came nicely over Tim as a running covey of reds erupted a fine sharp stoop and it was in the bag.
We moved back into our original field and Steve’s bird was cast off, ,he ranged very wide and was lost from sight for a moment Steve called him in and we eventually got eyes on him as he returned Steve had edged towards some cover as his bird came over the lucky bugger bumped a few partridge under his nose! He put in a fine stoop and smacked it on the back end this had the undesired effect of sending the partridge streaking across the ground and beating the falcon to cover!
Andy finished a very enjoyable sojourn with a flight at a cock pheasant with his peregrine falcon
A cracking day out, good weather and company with plenty of game we retired to the Hamner Arms to discuss!
Thanks to Steve Barton for organising both visits to Hamner