There are some fairly standard birds to expect to see, the first swallow or willow warbler for example, this year however I seem to have been blessed with really special sightings along with birds I would normally expect at this time of year.
Some of the photographs are, as ever, distant. Non disturbance is a key part of my photography, it makes my blood boil when I see people charging around chasing birds and causing distress, particularly at a time when the breeding season is already under way.
I witnessed a battle between a sparrowhawk and a corvid, superb to see them display their agility in the sky...
Dippers have already been preparing their nests and as I type the first chick has been spotted being fed by one of my local rivers, happy news.
It has been the mating season for common toads...look away now if you are likely to be offended!!
The male keeping watch...
Our first full day saw us on Holy Isle, a beautiful male red breasted merganser was right by the side of the road, what a beauty!
Another stint at Malham and a distant shot of the watchful male...
Another redstart shot...
Later that day I was taking a break in my car at my raptor watchpoint when loud shouts erupted and I grabbed the camera and leapt out to shouts of "Crane overhead!"...hasty settings and grey skies but a record of another rare sighting for the area!
The area where I spend most of my time is special, close to where I grew up and a wildlife array of species that would be hard to top.
With company that includes a childhood mate the hours pass quickly especially when the sightings are as great as the last month has provided.
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