Thursday, 10 September 2009

A Huge Disappointment...

Why is it that so many things in life are such a big disappointment?

It's almost always the case that the higher the level of joyful anticipation, the bigger the let down. Christmas is a regular feature in this department but there are lots of other examples. An Ian Brown concert, for instance. Or a Gordon Brown Premiership.

And what about bird watching? You look at some of the books on bird spotting and become quite enthusiastic about giving it a try, eager to sample the colourful delights of Darwinian diversity in the airborn branches of creation.

This is the sight that befell us when we trudged down to the Nature Reserve on the first day of our holiday and I think it aptly demonstrates the vast chasm between expectation and practise.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

*The chasm between expectation and practise* ? yup, twitchers are constantly disappointing me.

Richard said...

Maybe you had to face the other way?

Sir Bruin said...

What a lark, I bet that made you owl. At least you avocet of nice pictures in your book.

Rog said...

Sarah: Those Baird watchers are so fickle!

Richard: Thankyou Edward De Bono. There was probablt a rare shag or something behind me.

Sir B: I'm so grateful to you for not mentioning Bearded Tits!

Geoff said...

I always thought puffins were enormous till I trod on one of the little blighters.

KAZ said...

Yes - I've noticed that.
If you look at charts you would think that UK has kingfishers on every windowsill.
But it is a very bad time of year for it - try January.
Sir Bruin's doing well on the puns. You have competition.

Rog said...

Geoff: It wsn't Billy was it?

Kaz: It'll be blinking freezing in January. Lancaster Canal was more interesting with the Heron, although we did get Swifts dive bombing Oz the other evening - he thought it was like Hitchcock.

Vicus Scurra said...

You have to look up. Birds are in the sky, I am told.
I hope that this helps.

Rog said...

Vicus: Sometimes the simplest statements contain the most profound meanings. Not that one of course.

Z said...

Last time I went to Dunwich Heath a whole lot of people were gazing with great interest at a tree so I looked over. There was a blackbird. I know what they look like so I moved on.

Rog said...

Z: They could have been tree spotters. Were they singing "I've got Yew Babe!"?

zIggI said...

once you've seen one bird you've pretty much got it covered.

2 legs, wings, feathers - what else is there?

Rog said...

Ziggi: Giblets?