We had two amazing dawn masterclasses and one at mid-day, followed by a talk on " One Sense One Step, From The Jaws of Danger"
The masterclasses were good fun, and we found tracks of otter, red deer, roe deer and muntjac. The Sunday class found some cool tracks of a female with her yearling still suckling. We had some impressive bird dynamics while the class was going. It was text book alarming and dynamics. Simon saw an owl go in for the kill , and it was very interesting to have bird dymnamics on top of existing dynamics. Very often in nature, the predators just need a very small distraction to the prey to strike. When the buzzard at the top of the hill took a rabbit, there was quite a struggle, and so the dynamics went on for a good half hour.
We did have a slightly amusing incident on one of our masterclasses. Whilst Duncan was doing his bit, the nearby falconry display released a raven, which went hard right and beared straight down onto the head of one of our students. Both Duncan and I couldnt believe what was happening in front of our eyes, and it was too late to shout a warning. The raven promptly landed on his head, and then flapped off into the trees beyond. It would have been a winning video on Youve Been Framed.
All, in all weve had some great feedback, and It was nice to catch up on Shadowhawk trackers from years ago, who have gone on to do great things, and the new generation alike. The instructors brought their families along, and it was good to meet their nearest and dearest. Luckily enough, what happens in the field stays in the field!
We had a good muay thai pad session up in the woods after hours with Mike and Simon, I was amazed how many people in the outdoors community participate in martial arts
Thanks to Duncan, Simon and Mark for coming along and we will be back next year.