On arrival at the site , it was very gloomy and chilly , so getting going on the hedge to keep warm was the first essential .
The first arrival told me that a bird with a very large wingspan was on the ground halfway up the field when he got there , but hadn't seen it since .
Whilst laying , I noticed three Roe Deer in an adjacent field that was occupied by a few ponies/small horses .
When we stopped for a break , I took the camera and set off up the stubble field we were working in , to get a better view of the deer , and to look for the bird with a very large wingspan . As I walked up the field , a flock of about 25 Meadow Pipits rose out of the stubble and circled me , before settling down again a bit further away .
As soon as I had closed the distance by half to the deer , the male snorted a warning to the two females with him and all three took off to the furthest corner of the field . That was the last I saw of the male and one of the females , but the other female reappeared over a rise and gave an opportunity of a few shots .
Not very sharp shots , but given the fog and light conditions , best I could do .
I never did see the bird with the big wingspan , but from his description , I think it was probably a Common Buzzard .