Our first visit was to a hide near the visitor centre, and my first photograph...a heron of course!
The bushes around the hide were strewn with feeders and in quick succession we saw some lovely tree sparrows with their chestnut heads and then a great spotted woodpecker.
I'm not sure whether this is a bee, hornet or wasp! Whatever it is it allowed me near enough to get a decent macro shot..
The path that led around the main lake was also close to the river Aire, much further downstream than my usual walks though! The whole area was alive with damsels and dragonflies, a large dose of patience is required to photograph these in close up, a skill I am fortunately learning.
A black lined skimmer...
A common darter...
And a brown hawker..
Wandering back to the visitors centre we passed a newly mown crop field edge, I spotted some movement around the margin of the field, red legged partridge a bonus!
We then spent over an hour at a special habitat created for kingfishers, of course we saw nothing! It is never that easy nor should it be and we will return and spend much longer next time we are over this way.
Another trip out to the hide near the centre did not offer much apart from this young grey squirrel taking the opportunity to pinch some of the food put out for the birds.
A scorching hot day and we were tired and thirsty after a few hours in the heat, thank goodness for the flasks we always pack and a reviving cuppa before we set off for home!