After a week away on Islay I was looking forward to a fine day to reacquaint myself with the wildlife near home, hmmm waking early I was greeted with grey skies and heavy rain, The weather forecast was for a dry day later so I was not too peturbed, sure enough within an hour the rain ceased, if the grey skies had disappeared to be replaced by blue that would have been appreciated though!
My plan was to have a walk by the river Wharfe starting from Barden Bridge and taking in Strid Woods where a large number of different bird species can be found. Setting off down the river bank it was difficult not to notice the sand martins in their busy and quick flight, I will try to capture this one day but better light than today will be needed. Occasionally they take a rest and I managed to get a shot of this one on a fence, I didn't notice the goldfinch at the time!
A great tit and a nuthatch were the best of the shots I took.
A couple of female goosanders were spotted and photographed as I wandered onwards.
Dippers are plentiful along this stretch of river, busy now with young to feed this was the closest I managed to get today.
This robin had obviously found a tasty grub for lunch, its expression suggests it was not too pleased to be photographed!
We had thought of visiting Low Wood Nature Reserve only to find public access was closed today as the local Sea Cadets were practising camouflage and woodcraft in there:-( We returned via Low Holden Farm, plenty of swallows around there swooping amongst the plentiful midges, this one had obviously eaten plenty and was taking a rest.
I'm not sure which species of duck has influenced the colouring of this cross mallard but she is certainly fine feathered and I managed a shot of her with her chicks.