This Vulcan jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber was celebrating its birthday by flying from its base at
over a number of sites related to its history and certainly gathered a crowd
where we were.
I thought birders on a twitch can be a little forgetful when it comes to parking etiquette but here folks were even worse, in the end the police had to take control of the situation.
Having found a good spot we were joined by the “experts” who pointed out the likely direction it would make its approach towards us only for Bob to contradict them by suddenly shouting “its behind us” but at least we managed a view while others dipped because its low altitude meant there views were blocked. Bob was more on the ball than me and managed a decent shot. The odd one or two were even oblivious it had flown by and were wondering why everybody else was leaving.
XH558 is maintained by a charity and this 3 hour jaunt which also took in
Coventry and Birmingham
Airports, RAF Cosford, Gloucestershire Airport,
Airport, MOD St Athan, Ross-on-Wye and
RAF Halton, before returning to Doncaster was at a
cost of £22,000 in fuel, just think of the Nector Points you would get with that
on a forecourt.
Only birds seen today were a Peregrine over my house this morning and 3 Buzzards and 2 Meadow Pipits waiting for Delta Lady.
|the twitch begins|
|a bit far but record shot|
|luckily Bob re-acted faster than me|