Apache Surprise

Apache Surprise

Postby Stonefaction on Mon 19 Nov 2018, 11:04 pm

Been a long time since I posted anything on here as I no longer actively seek out aircraft to photograph, and with Leuchars no longer an RAF base there's not a huge amount happens around here. However when I'm out and about birding I do sometimes see the odd interesting aircraft and take a few photos. On Saturday I was down at Coldstream in the borders to see a Common Crane which had been lingering for a few days in a field by the river Tweed. As we arrived a Wildcat Lynx flew past along the river, followed shortly after by an Apache. A nice surprise for a Saturday.

What happened next was even better - an Apache flew into the field we were walking round the edge of and hovered there about 20 feet off the ground giving us some great photo opportunities. It flew a circuit round the field a couple of times, so close that I had to resort to filming it with my iphone, before returning to hover nearby. It eventually moved off down the field to hover there, before another 2 Apaches arrived and it flew off with them. A short while later another Apache arrived and hovered over the field for a while and a second briefly joined it before both flew off. Well chuffed with the photos I got - though I have only cherry picked a batch to post online from the 500 or so I took.

Interestingly there was a flock of Mute Swans (and the Crane) feeding in the field and the Apache flew over them low without the birds taking flight, though they were scared off by a dog shortly after and only returned after the Apaches had flown off.

ImageBusiness End. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageUgly But Deadly. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageExpensive Leaf-Blower. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageDouble Trouble. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageIn The Turn. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageMean Machine. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageApache. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageHover. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageLongbow Apache. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageLean, Mean & Green. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageLow. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageColdstream Guard. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageDown The River. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageIn The Sun. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageArrival. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageAAC Apache. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

Hope you like them. There's a few more on my twitter feed here - https://twitter.com/stonefaction/status ... 9180625920

Baz
Stonefaction

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby Unknown74 on Tue 20 Nov 2018, 7:16 am

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow. Amazing. Great catch I wish I had your luck.
Unknown74

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 20 Nov 2018, 12:49 pm

That's awesome, great shots :-)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
Airwolfhound

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby ArabJazzie on Tue 20 Nov 2018, 2:12 pm

Absolutely stunning in luck and quality!

When you mailed the other day, i really hoped you would put them up somewhere!
Arabest,
Geoff.
52 in a year! We must be certifiable!
ArabJazzie

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby Amp on Tue 20 Nov 2018, 2:32 pm

What a great surprise!
Amp

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby Stonefaction on Wed 21 Nov 2018, 9:33 pm

Thanks everyone for the comments. I wish I had luck like this all the time. Great light and great subjects, so here's a few more....

ImageIn The Turn. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageHelo Heat Shimmer. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageGreen & Blue. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageHolding Steady. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageCatching The Sun. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageKicking Up A Storm. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageDescending. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageLynx Wildcat. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageLooking South. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageFront End. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageNo Beauty Prize. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageComing Around. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageHovering Helo. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageBeing Watched. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageAutumnal Apache. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

and the reason I was there too, a juvenile Common Crane.

ImageCrane. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr

ImageJust Landed. by Barry Farquharson, on Flickr
Stonefaction

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby Tmyers123 on Wed 21 Nov 2018, 10:39 pm

Great set, very lucky to get so close to the action. :rock: But FYI, the “Lynx Wildcat” is just Wildcat, the Lynx was retired from the Army earlier this year.
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Tmyers123

Re: Apache Surprise

Postby PirateTrickster on Thu 22 Nov 2018, 3:40 pm

Could have been part of exercise 'Iron Python'?
PirateTrickster


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