Well we haven't been out for a few weeks and sadly our honary team member (Steve) has returned to Suffolk and was out playing with his own HD38S.
A very impromptue trip to chicken farm, parked up at 8.30 pm in same place as I missed 200+ yd one couple of months ago, at least dry. 6mm BR on top of motor and thermal out.
Now we know this charlie is pretty wary infact is nigh on impossible to approach. 8:35 we see fox quickly quartering up the field to our left, sods law its partially obscured by the oak trees to our left then he cuts across right so in a perfect spot, 120 yds or so I am on the concrete and as I move to get the lamp I crunch a bit a gravel, just a tiny noise but not for this foxy he just legs it straight down the field and vanishes. Not best pleased, buddy well annoyed as so was I: tiny noise gave the game away.
Anyway we went off on our nightly rounds and managed to get a good sized dog fox in an adjacent field and saw 3 others close by but not on our ground-sod's law again.
Thermal is a revelation saw 8 roe all couched down, several badgers and lots of rats.
How we managed without it I will never know.
More robust ambush will be on the cards in Mid April.