There was no sign of the tawny owls on this occasion and as I was now not too far from the canal I took the opportunity for a walk along the towpath.
My ever friendly heron looked surprised to see me so early!
Another attempt at watching the little owls was somewhat ruined as a herd of unruly young bullocks took an interest in me, they were no threat and just being playful but they seemed to be taking it turns to come and inspect me so there was little chance of being un-noticed!
Time for home and an appointment in town beckoned, there would be time for another walk later in the day.
In early afternoon I ventured up towards the top of our local hills, pleasant wandering through lanes and fields, with the occasional challenge of the ancient squeeze stiles.
There was not much subject matter for my camera but the weather was warm and going was easy, nice to relax and just enjoy the exercise and fresh air sometimes.
Descending down a lovely lane I found a speckled wood butterfly..
I had a good look for kingfishers but my luck seems to out with those at the moment, the grey heron however seems to look for me!
With the number of mallards in the area a number of crossbreeds occur, the lighter colours of this one are quite striking...
Sunday was spent on necessary jobs at home, to be honest the weather was a little dull and would have done little to entice me out anyway.
A work related visit to Lancashire on Monday took me quite close to Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, a quicker than expected conclusion to business left me with a couple of hours to spare...an easy decision to make!
And what a surprise when my first photo opportunity was a heron!
A quick wander round some of the hides brought me a bonus as I found a red deer grazing in an adjacent field.
A chat to a fellow visitor disclosed that there were some good sightings down at the tidal ponds and we both headed off down there.
A curlew sandpiper and a spotted redshank, both relatively difficult birds to see so a real bonus to photograph them together..
There was a ruff...
Well worthwhile the short diversion and another great visit here.
The migration of autumn is almost upon us, birds will leave and others will arrive, I hope to continue getting out and photographing what I can.
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