Medical Update: #2
#kneetoo is home from hospital and beginning to move about on crutches. No big walks yet, but is keeping balance and doing the physio exercises. Still a fair bit of pain as the body is not yet quite ready to accept that it has an invader, and the immune system is punching out plenty of antibodies, so the area is still very swelled. Hopefully all being well, things will improve.
Thanks to all who have passed on their best wishes and kind thoughts.
One of the last walks we did on the old knee was in the Eynesbury Grey Box forest. Every time we do a trip out there, we spend a bit of time on a forest edge track as it can be a likely spot of Jacky Winter. I wrote about the last trip in a bit more details here. # 131 Laughter
There is something special about Jacky. It is certainly not the most colourfully marked bird in the forest, but its colour scheme harmonises with the grey box surround and makes it hard for predators to spot.
When they are hunting, they have a habit of tail spreading to reveal the white edges of the tail feathers and then landing on a branch and ‘tail wagging’ much like a Willie Wagtail.
Often out of breeding season they hunt together and having found one, a second one will be close by.
We eventually found a pair hunting along a sunlit track. Getting ahead of them, and sitting or standing still, allows them to come into the area at their own pace and relaxed and usually they are quite fearless in their approaches.
This pair seemed happy hunt from one branch to a small shrub across the road and quickly got into a stride of landing and flying between the two spots. As they were quite close it wasn’t too long before they were brave enough to land within arms reach. The sunlight through the trees gave plenty of opportunities to choose great backgrounds.
Jacky seemed to enjoy the attention.