Shocked and amazed are words that spring to mind after I discovered a bird I've been dreaming about finding recently. Initially I was happy enough to find a Cuckoo calling and showing itself really well. Then a small dove popped up and I did think it was a small Collard Dove until I got the binoculars on it and could quite clearly see it was a Turtle Dove. I nearly shouted out, but there was no one around (it was early) and I'd have scared the bird. I was watching it for so long through the bins, that it took off before I could even think about lifting the camera. Never mind I thought. Lifers are worth just admiring and learning about them and their behaviour.
I then relocated it by accident about an hour later. This time I used the camera to enhance my memories of a stunning bird that travels a long way to get here.