First, click here, for some suitable background music.
Take one bird photographer.
Place on remote chain of islands.
Add strong non-migrant-friendly winds, subtract any birds of note.
Observe many more farmyard animals than birds.
Cue amusing conversation.
JL: “Hang on guys, stop! Wait!”
DB: “Eh?” [assume rare bird has just appeared]
JL: “That’s a really attractive sheep.”
JL: “No, really… it’s cute.” [motor drive fires] “I wonder if it will let me stroke it?” [not sure if the word was actually “stroke” – it was very windy, so I may have misheard.]
Apparently not: access denied.
(By the way, we haven’t seen much today – three Yellow-brows in Kergord, Slav on some random voe, a single Knot, 8 Whooper Swan, that sort of thing).
But Jono continues to have a distant, wistful look in his eye…