Battling my frustration I resorted to other things..the inside of a buttercup
A lovely blackbird perched happily for me..
At this time of year there are many young birds to be seen on the canal, it was hardly a surprise to find a mallard with chicks..
The sun was out and the scenery pleasant..
Some canada geese with youngsters came near enough for me to try a real close up shot...
A swan with cygnets passed by...
This little duckling was speeding around like a clockwork toy!
Silsden was reached safely and post walk re-hydration undertaken!
The weather forecast for Sunday was for a dull outlook, signs were that there could be some improvement in mid to late afternoon.
We set off for a short walk on Barden Moor...the home of unanswerable questions regarding walking with dogs...a sign in the car park we use says clearly NO DOGS! but fifty yards away on the bridleway from Halton Heights to Rylstone..
This is the only path on the moor where dogs are allowed, the other paths are "permissive" and the estate can set their own rules, however distasteful most people find them.
The forcasted improvement was slow to develop and it was still rather grey as I took a shot over the lower reservoir towards Simons Seat..
Meadow pipits are one of the main victims of the cuckoo con trick but their numbers are such that they can absorb the losses..lovely birds..
We passed the upper reservoir before taking another path eastwards..
Greylag geese form a protective shield around their youngsters..
I found a lovely common sandpiper in full song on a wall..
And a curlew in mid call too...
Another meadow pipit, this one preparing to dine..
A small white butterfly..
Reaching the edge of the moor we could hear stonechats, the adults were too active to capture on camera but a lovely youngster posed..
Some lovely freshly developed cotton grass completed the sightings for the day..
Not the greatest of wildlife sighting weekends but time spent outdoors is always welcome....
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