Sunshine makes all the difference. Today's forecast was much the same as last Monday's, but this was a much more pleasant circuit. As you might guess from my roundabout track to the sheep this morning, I had a lovely idea for a completely different circuit than the one we did. The sheep foiled me by placing themselves nearly at the gate into the highway reserve, so off we went, to repeat last week's trek. Aside from being a nicer day, the sheep are clearly getting used to walking through water, and also are getting used to being asked to weave through the gorse to get through various tricky bits. To change from last week's circuit, today we made a concerted effort to go up Brian's Track, at the far southern end of the Highway Reserve. It's a narrow, gorse-walled, rough track that is a challenge for 500 sheep, one shepherd (at the front) and two dogs (nominally at the back, though Chance has just lately developed a trick of finding wallaby runs through the gorse and has started doing end runs around the sheep--not always when I want him to!). I can't see more than the few sheep at the front of the line, and I can't see the dogs at all. Happily, the sheep were willing to graze, ever so slowly, up Brian's Track. Chance did one of his end run tricks about halfway up, bringing the top half of the flock with him, but leaving poor Janie to hold the lower half. We managed to sneak back down and get Chance around to the back of the second lot, and they came up quite smartly, led by a ewe with no name. The sheep really took their time grazing in each phase of the circuit today, so I have a lovely, satisfied feeling they got a varied, and substantial, forage. We had a 3-eagle escort up Brian's Track. I didn't manage to get them all in one frame of the camera, but it made my heart glad to see three at once--knowing there's a juvenile gives me hope for the continuation of my eagle family. I didn't take any videos today. I'm still trying to find a good balance between capturing and conveying the feeling of what I'm doing, but not getting sucked too far into the fast lane of modern technology. I'm still not sure where the balance point is, but it was nice to have a day where my focus was more on the sheep and landscape than on my iPad and words.