As autumn takes a grip on our weather, and the leaves on the trees turn into fiery golden and red colours, before falling and turning into crisp and crunchy piles under our feet or...soggy things that cling to everything, some wonderful sightings occurred.
A few visits to local reserves and some time out on the east coast plus my raptor watch has turned up some spectacular birds, none gained without some patience but regular readers know my habits!
St Aidans, a relatively new RSPB site nr Leeds is well known to local birdwatchers, part of it is better known as Swillington Ings and has been a favoured site for many for a lot of years.
I enjoyed a day there with a mate, nothing too spectacular but kestrel sightings were good.
One day at my raptor watchpoint we had lots of distant sightings of our beloved raptors, appearing close enough for a photograph was...a common green grasshopper, all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small sprang to mind!
We had a wander on the clifftops where a few gannets remain, by now they have probably left.
A trip to Leighton Moss RSPB reserve to see if we could get lucky with the bearded tits, bearded reedlings to be correct as they are not part of the tit family and are more closely related to larks, strange but true.
Grit tray shots only but nice to see...
An amazing wildlife spectacle we witnessed at first hand for the first time recently...salmon leaping up falls to reach their spawning grounds.
The river Ribble at Stainforth Force near Settle is a great place to see this astonishing behaviour close up. The Force was in spate and we wondered if the fish would make it...
Pulled by instinct these wonderful Atlantic salmon make their journey, spawn a very few return again, many die after their life's mission is completed. Their remains will provide food and nutrition for many others species though.
The true beauty of nature, unaltered and oblivious or not affected by human behaviour.
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