Continuing on the theme of imaginary footage I could have taken had I only had a helmet camera (and indeed a helmet): I witnessed a spectacular display of close passing and aggression on my way back with the paper this morning. A raven, bored of being mobbed by a couple of crows, decided to show those upstarts who was the real boss of the air with a series of spectacular spiralling dives combined with what I am certain was some corvid swearing. We regularly see ravens displaying around here – they seem to like flying upside down just because they can, and you can see their point – but it really never gets old. It’s lucky our roads are so empty though, as I was definitely not paying attention as I cycled along craning my neck to watch what was going on with the birds.
And if those of you who were wondering if ASBO buzzard was back – no sign so far, but according to a couple of posts on Facebook, there’s one a few miles further west that’s already started terrorising cyclists and taking lumps out of their helmets. I’ll be sticking to my tweed cap, but I’m seriously considering rigging up some sort of backwards facing cap cam to try and catch the buzzard in full swoop. That’s got to be more entertaining than a close pass by a white van at a pinch point, right?