When i was in training as a recruit we used to spend many hours on the Parade square doing foot drill. The commands we most used were By The Right Quick March. Halt. Get Your Dressing. The Squad will Move to The Right. and so on. You have to imagine the recruits were very nervous back in 1978 and where was total respect for the instructor.

I am one of these people that when the situation is serious I seem to laugh at anything. But its hard as you will get a Drill Stick over the head or a Fist in the Stomach, sorry but that’s how it was in the 70s in the army. Any way my good friend Colin Gibson {gibo} was next to me in the ranks when we marched on the Parade Square. I found this image the other day of us on the Square as the called it, the only picture from training, with Kitty The Nurse.

I am far left behind the first lad Lofty Lee who sadly died in Northern Ireland 2 weeks after leaving training.

We were on the square when Colin my mate said have you seen that bloke over on the edge of the Square brushing up. No i said who is it. He said his name is Albert Turner. Confused i was marching along day after day looking for Albert when Colin said if you cant see him you may here his name being called out by the Drill Sergeant. It was when we were coming to turn around i heard the Sergeant shout About Turn. TO understand a bit better that in the army drill trained instructors had a habit of adding their own twang to commands that why one guy would draw out. the words just sounding like Albert Turner.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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