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Today, was a very special day.

It was the first time for about 9 years, that the shooting lease has been taken on this moor. As a result of a fire the moor was not a viable proposition, but is now returning to its former glory.

Because I was on new territory, under a new Keeper, and Shoot Owner, I decided to restrict my shots of the dogs in action, I also figured you'll be fed up of seeing my dogs retrieving Grouse by now :wink:

The first picture is of a young dog, Tweed, that belongs to a friend of mine, it was his first day out picking up on the Grouse. Tweed is from one of the last litters sired by FTCH Endacott Shelf, so I'm keeping a careful eye on his progress.

Here he is all bright eyed and bushy tailed at the start of the day.



The day was set fair, you could see for miles.



Couldn't resist slipping a picture of one of my dogs in, here's Sonny. The full crew today was Indy, Sonny and Spike.



I've decided to set myself a new challenge, following on from the Curlew pics earlier in the year, we are now going for Grouse in flight pics.

A tad trickier methinks, here are the first efforts.









So we wended our merry way to lunchtime, which the guns decided to take al fresco, by the old shooting lodge, which is in the process of being restored.



Here are some of the other dogs, at lunchtime.

Milo



Ekko



Some dogs think lunch is a waste of time, Jess is one of them



And here's my mate Tweed again



The Guns were hoping for a 40 brace day, and we had 59 brace at lunch, so we had done very well.

One drive after lunch, and we finished with 67.5 brace, everyone was very pleased.

Tweed was very tired after his big day out



As were his sister, and his mum.



It really was a pleasure to be out on such a lovely day, and to see the moor in such good fettle.

Andrew
 

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Andrew, as I'm sure your fully aware, LF could NEVER have enough of your amazing photography skill, you bring the day alive with the shots you take, :D

but I have to ask what breed of dog is Jess, & how cute is he/she,

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Beautiful photos of the dogs and moors Andrew, not that I am that bright but how can you get 0.5 brace :? (i take it that is a bird - which has been shot and is dead????) :? An honest question, just confused me,

PS Tweed and Sonny are very handsome lads :D
 

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How lovely is that picture of the labs enjoying a well earned rest at the end of the day! So cute!

Sonny is certainly a muscular boy!
 

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_Linda_ said:
Beautiful photos of the dogs and moors Andrew, not that I am that bright but how can you get 0.5 brace :? (i take it that is a bird - which has been shot and is dead????) :? An honest question, just confused me,

PS Tweed and Sonny are very handsome lads :D
Grouse are always counted in pairs Linda, so 67.5 brace, is 135 birds.

It's just traditional, like hounds in a pack are always counted as couples.

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Those are wonderful pictures. :D As someone who shoots, the grouse shots are of particular interest – What a sight!!

My shot of the day though, would be Tweed with his sister and mum!! :D

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Fantastic photos, makes your description of the day come alive, thx for posting, what a great day u must have had :D
 

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Andrew, thanks as ever for posting these reports & photos I always read with interest. The photos are fantastic for a 'limited' photo day and I look forward to seeing how the grouse in flight shots come on over the season.

Out of interest how much photography gear (different lenses etc) do you carry out on to the hill when on a shoot on top of everything else you need for you and the dogs?
 

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WOW! Loving, absolutely loving the photos Andrew. Everytime you post such things I am both green with envy and in awe. What I wouldn't give to be there! One day I hope :wink:

Sonny looks in just the best condition ever. A dog to be proud of for sure.
 

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DougalsDad said:
Andrew, thanks as ever for posting these reports & photos I always read with interest. The photos are fantastic for a 'limited' photo day and I look forward to seeing how the grouse in flight shots come on over the season.

Out of interest how much photography gear (different lenses etc) do you carry out on to the hill when on a shoot on top of everything else you need for you and the dogs?
I travel as light as possible , I just take my camera with it's usual lens attached, a 70-300 mm telephoto.

As for the Grouse in flight shots, I can see this becoming a bit of an obsession :wink: :wink: :wink:

Andrew
 
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