For those of us blessed with grand children a day spent in their company can be invigorating/tiring/hard work/damn good fun...delete as appropriate! I am so lucky my eldest grand-daughter Isla loves being outdoors, running, climbing and nature are high on her list of favourite things so the chance to go to Malham together to see the peregrine falcons was treasured.
"What's that bird with a white bum Grandad?" was an easily answered question as a wheatear flitted from rock to some tufts of grass which confused the auto focus on my camera for a while!
The adults were not to be seen today, much to the disappointment of the battery of cameramen on the tops with lenses like telegraph poles. This youngster is doing well though, the first born and taking making the lion's share of the food according to my RSPB friends at the manned viewpoint down in the bottom.
Isla was eager to practice her climbing skills on the limestone so the camera and binocs were stashed away for a while as I guided her up some good little routes, admiration of the suppleness and vitality of a nine year old was diluted a touch when I banged an ankle bone against a good solid rock outcrop and could merely mutter "whoops"!!!!!!
It is in these activities where trust is earned, hard earned sometimes and when we finished a hug was welcome and will be remembered for a long time:-))
The view out from the top towards Pendle Hill was lovely as we headed home, just a special day!
Another look back from the top of Watlowes:-
Isla was tired now and I had to drive!