Another drab and wet start to the weekend as Saturday morning saw my mood drift from downcast to even worse! Having the company of our four year old grand-daughter Jaime was a welcome distraction as I tried to work out what I could hope to see on my passout afternoon, Peppa Pig and grey skies soon made way for a lunchtime weather forecast of a blue sky afternoon.
I wandered on the tarmac to Kildwick, not the best of walks as it can be very busy with a lot of traffic but with a little care it is quite safe. The skies were clearing as I walked, the busy and melodic songs of various birds which stubbornly remained invisible accompanied me, along with the various hums of exhaust emissions and the occasional booming of heavy bass tracks from the boy and girl racer cars!
Descending towards the canal I paused for a while by a lovely old graveyard, some wasteground by its perimeter looked a good wildlife habitat if I was patient and lucky!
Dunnocks, often called hedge sparrows for reasons I don't know because they are a separate family, are common, they usually feed on the ground and their fluttering wings are a real delight. This one was comfortable with being near to me and allowed some lovely photographs...
Watching the various mallards as I walked I came across one which looked distressed, as it shifted from foot to foot with its eyes firmly shut the reason for its distress was relieved audibly, and yes ducks do trump!
A not very good great tit shot..
Goosanders seem to be thriving around here, for once I managed to get a pair close together before the inevitable happened....
The skies dulled again as I neared Silsden and my post walk few beers, luckily swans are gorgeous in any light:-)
Some gravel ponds yielded a decent great crested grebe shot, first time here and I need to get know the layout better..