The team were short of volunteers one day and as I was intending to go as a visitor I offered my services for the afternoon session. Early morning and I was climbing the 400 or so limestone steps and after negotiating the fractured rock at the top I was settled in my favoured spot, quite near the edge but with a handy raised shelf to act as a table, camera rest and safety bar!
It took some time and patience as the yougsters were now beginning to fly further away to hunt and the adults were rarely to be seen but one of the young birds returned and treated me to a spectacular display of aerobatics, occasional humour as it continually returned to a shrub that was obviously not sturdy enough to support its weight, half an hour of pure peregrine magic!
I managed to see a great spotted woodpecker juvenile on one of our feeders at Malham while volunteering.
A short walk on a local moor and the not unexpected sight of a meadow pipit.
A small local pond yielded a shelduck
Sometimes a short break away does much to re-charge the batteries and we had such a plan in mind, Burton in Kendal gives us easy access to some favourite spots without the need for long drives.
On the way up we visited RSPB Leighton Moss, a great spot for marsh tits
We had time for a few hours at Leighton Moss before home beckoned, a fortuitous decision as it turned out.
First sighting a dunlin
A juvenile jay up a tree
and then real excitement as an otter appeared hunting not far from the hide, wonderful end to a great weekend!
My sympathies with those enjoying a less than brilliant summer, the same situation here and we seem to be mired in light in which wildlife photography is very challenging!