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Not that my post is early.
One of my favourite hobbies is birdwatching, particularly the activities and the mating dance of the grouse family birds, e.g. black grouse. So, in the early mornings of spring that’s what we occupy ourselves with, searching and following a group of these birds around the nearby forests.
After the darkness of winter months, spring’s early mornings are a great joy. There is sunshine, skies are clear, the air is fresh and crisp. When the sun starts to rise, the reflection of sun rays on the snow forms a stunning effect. When we talk spring here, we might as well mean winter because the average temperature is about -18 C degrees and it’s freezing cold.
But we have to be positioned already around 05h00 or before the sun rises, so that when these birds wake up, i.e. popping up from the holes they dig on the snow to sleep in, we are there sitting quietly. They are so sensitive to the intruders, if they notice any other presence they will simply fly away leaving us out there in the cold.
We’ve yet to see the black grouse mating dance, because even with all the winter outdoor gear we equip ourselves with, it is difficult to stay too long out there and sitting in one place. Then there is taking of photos, it’s impossible to operate the camera with gloves on. Fingers always freeze, and let me tell you there is no joy when it gets to that part. We had given up so many times because the birds take for ever to wake up and move around. Maybe we should consider building an igloo. But at least we get to see the early sunrise.