Working dogs earning their keep

November 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Well, it sounded a great idea at the time. When one of my old friends invited me to photograph the small shoot he helps to run in the Cotswolds, I jumped at the opportunity. Although I haven't used a shotgun for many years, I've always loved watching gundogs working. But when the day arrived it was absolutely pouring with rain as I loaded my camera gear and it continued to pour for the next hour until I pulled up at the farm. Then it stopped - just as my mate predicted! Things were beginning to look up. IMG_6159IMG_6159

Start of the day. This springer looks apprehensive.

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After the rain cleared we had some dramatic skies and glorious landscapes looking across the fields of stubble.

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The dogs had to retrieve birds from both land and river.

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Someone's looking tired already. 

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You pair just sit tight for the moment. IMG_6619IMG_6619

It was a long carry, but the bird is delivered direct to hand.

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The dogs not only work with the guns themselves. Let's not forget the beaters and the pickers up.

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The end of a successful day. Did somebody mention 'pub'?

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You see - no need to have worried. You did great! 

 


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