The Hoppings

Most people in the North East are familiar with the Hoppings, dating from the 1880’s and one of the largest travelling funfairs. It takes place in late June in Newcastle upon Tyne. But at Kielder at the moment it is descriptive of the activity on Nest 1 especially. Not a great day to try it because it has been windy with strong gusts, but the fearless chicks ignored that!

The pale headed chick did most, followed by the bully. Viewers at Kielder Castle Cafe gasped at times as the hops took a chick near an edge, but they were all safe when the Cafe closed.

A few stills are below, but to get a better experience watch the video.

A flap and hop close the the nest edge (c) Forestry Commission England

A flap and hop close the the nest edge
(c) Forestry Commission England

The bully has a head of steam up (c) Forestry Commission England

The bully has a head of steam up
(c) Forestry Commission England

The pale headed chick has feet off the ground - for a second! (c) Forestry Commission England

The pale headed chick has feet off the ground – for a second!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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One Response to The Hoppings

  1. It won’t be long before they’re in the air.

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