I was out on a short midweek wander at my barn owl site, as the sun began to set some wonderful colours were produced in the sky..
As useful photographic light disappeared the owls did appear, ah well perhaps another time!
Saturday saw me in Wharfedale quite early, I was eager to take a look at the dippers and see how the nests I know of from previous years were progressing.
The first bird I had the chance to photograph was another species though, a lovely pied wagtail..
More dipper sightings, all the same bird as I struggled to find activity near the nest sites.
There was plenty of avian activity up in the treetops and out of practical reach for my camera, still concentrating on the river in those circumstances I found another sandpiper..
I don't know the name of these fungi, burnt toast would be appropriate:-))
Many walk here, it is enjoyable in most weathers, but merely staying on the made path shows little imagination. This little contributory stream is a splendid diversion and has led to some spectacular sightings in the past, today I had to content myself with the peace, quiet and lovely view.
The last worthwhile sighting of the day was a dunnock doing it's usual ground feeding by a shelter..
There was no walk on Sunday as we had lots of family commitments.
On a sunny Monday, I returned to Wharfedale with high hopes, the sun was out and it was a warm day, perfect for some static bird watching.
I always take what I would call a test shot just to make sure I have the settings somewhere near right, I rarely keep that shot but on this occasion the goosander looks too good to discard!
This was taken across the full width of the river.
Nearer to me an oystercatcher posed nicely on one leg!
Pied flycatchers are stunning little birds, tough to get near to but occasionally they do stay still in the trees. I wasn't really close to this male, nevertheless I am pleased with the shot:-)
I was sat quietly deep in the woods, scanning all around through the binocs, sometimes you can look too far away...a lovely thrush walked almost across my boots!
I don't mind feeders shots of birds which are otherwise nearly impossible to photograph, with study of habitat and a little patience the nuthatch can be found and photographed away from artificial feed.
This one was sizing up something down below it...
I practice complete non-disturbance near any nest site, being content to sit and watch the behaviour patterns and keep an eye out for any places where the birds may rest.
I took another detour into the trees and had sightings of blackcap and redstart, each a stunning bird and each eluded the lens!
One little beauty I did manage to capture was a treecreeper as it scuttled around a tree trunk.
A reed bunting...
Not great light up here, a neglected plantation yielded a roe deer stag..
A meadow pipit appeared on a nearby wall...
There were prospects of a decent sunset....
I made my way back to a farm where my car was parked, just in time..
Wednesday saw another fine night, a kestrel hunted in the evening sunshine...
I have something rather special on the cards this coming Saturday....................................