I did briefly harbour hopes of a day on the moors today, a look from the back garden disclosed a murky clinging layer of cloud that was hanging across the moor like a heavy curtain. Realism is a necessary tool for the outdoor lover so I decided to try and further my knowledge of the kingfishers I have worked so hard to locate recently.
Luck plays a part in virtually all wildlife sightings, being in the right place at the right time helps enormously but I would add that the more you can learn about the behaviour and habits of your subject the likely your success will become.
The state of the towpath is pretty dreadful for walking, reaching the first of my likely kingfisher viewpoints though my luck was in...almost...just as I focused off it went!!!
A glance across the valley told me the day wasn't really going to improve...
The glaring sun is a result of my exposure and ISO levels being incorrect, photography can be such hard work!!
A couple of elegant swans paddled past...
Fieldfares are becoming more numerous in the valley, if they also become more approachable it would be much appreciated!