We awoke to a damp and dismal start to the day and my plans for a moorland walk were swiftly scrapped in favour of one at a lower level and with a later start time as the weather forecast indicated some improvement could be expected.
Sure enough by late morning the skies were brightening and with my gear at the ready I was ready to go, a timely lift to Kildwick was most welcome and I set off by the canal.
An early sighting of two female goosander...
The slithery wet mud of the canal towpath was almost welcome now, a lovely little dunnock posed obligingly too:-)
The leaves are almost all on the ground now but this one was just clinging on..
Slithering on towards Low Holden I got a lovely surprise as I rounded a corner, another kingfisher:-) I wasn't able to get very close but at least this one was out in the open!