Sometimes the Yorkshire Dales village of Malham can be so swamped by visitors that it spoils the enjoyment of the wonderful limestone scenery. Get there fairly early or choose a less than perfect day is my general rule! The Cove has been home to a pair of nesting peregrine falcons for a few years now, a good success rate with raising their young encourages the birds back each Spring and we hoped for some good sightings today.
We found a parking space in the village, a notice asks for a £1 donation towards keeping the village tidy and maintaining the lovely flowers that line the verges, very inexpensive in these times!
The view to the magnificent landscape of Malham Cove opens up as a little height is first gained and then gradually lost.
The lovely clear water of Malham Beck flows alongside the path, grey and pied wagtails are plentiful along here.
We were soon in luck as the male appeared and put on a spectacular flight display before returning to the ledge near the nest. Chance for me to test the zoom on my new Canon SX40, still a huge distance away and this is a mix of optical, digital zoom plus cropping.