I have walked over a track on my local moor near Silsden lots of times, mostly in my fellwalking days as a pleasant means of keeping hillfit. Now as mainly a wildlife watcher and aspiring photographer I have discovered I walked past a little wildlife haven so many times without noticing anything I am amazed!
First sightings tonight were a redpoll and a robin, one of them a welcome first clear shot!
Lovely melodic birdsong rang out around me as I walked carefully, offpath now and wary of breaking twigs. The descending notes of a willow warbler are amongst the easiest to identify, closer contact with this lovely bird has allowed me to learn how to get a little closer even when not in camouflage gear.
A small flock of goldfinches were in evidence, in gardens they can be surprisingly approachable here in the wild this was the nearest I got!
Two more willow warbler shots follow, different light and angle gives the bird a different appearance which highlights the difficulty of identity sometimes...the light colour of the legs is the key.
Oh the setting sun...
Not really my forte but I like to have go, more usual for me a daft one to finish with....sunset o'clock!!!