Last Few Weeks

16th July 2012
The weather hasn’t really been conducive to outdoor photography for the last few weeks but I have managed to take some photographs and visit a couple of places.
On the 30th of June I attended an evening landscape workshop ran by Andy Latham with my good friend Barry.
As we were driving to the location, Winskill Stones Nature Reserve, the weather was atrocious. But as we arrived the rain eased off and it didn’t rain again all evening.
Although we didn’t get the sunset we were hoping for the light was dramatic and moody at times and I obtained some nice photographs.

The view from just above Winskill Stones

Just a 20minute walk from the limestone pavement is Catrigg Force a lovely waterfall that is tucked away in a deep tree lined gorge; apparently one of the famous composer Elgar’s favourite spots. The falls do require a little effort to reach but the track leading to it is very good. If you do go, the rocks at water level are very slippy so be careful.

Catrigg Force

Within the area there is a small limestone pavement with a lone Hawthorn Tree, something that I’ve wanted to photograph for a long time. Many people will have seen photographs of the lone tree at Malham Cove so this is a bit of a change. There are also excellent views with Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough clearly profiled.

Lone Hawthorn & Limestone Pavement

Lone Hawthorn Tree at Dusk

View to Pen-y-Ghent

08th July

I visited Woolston Eyes and there were quite a few Black-necked Grebes to be seen some feeding their young. Lots of waterfowl around including, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Shelduck, Plenty of Great Crested Grebe diving for fish and a few Little Grebe also around. The usual Coots, Moorhens, Canada Geese and Greylag Geese along with Black-headed Gulls were also very apparent.

Black-necked Grebe - From Rotary Hide

Woolston Eyes

Black Necked Grebes (Brian Martin)

2012 has been a ‘better’ year than the recent past for this nationally important species on “The Eyes”. From the first arrival recorded on 17 March adult numbers increased to at least 24 individuals. By June there were at least 9 confirmed breeding pairs with a total of 14 young recorded.
Despite the poor weather throughout most of the breeding term, the young broods have faired well. A number of now independent young have been noticed exercising with short flight attempts on the water surface. We estimate some will start to leave the Reserve to spread out in the next week or so. A number of adult birds have already left but the remaining birds are still providing excellent views of adults and feeding young from the hides.

Black-necked Grebes - Adults & chick

Recent Sightings at Wioolston

14th July
No3 Bed - Many birds still in song, desperately trying to complete a breeding attempt - double figures of Reed Warblers and a few Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Reed Buntings, Wrens, Greenfinches etc.
No1 bed Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings and Linnets.

Blackcap No3 Bed

15th July
A Greenshank was in front of the John Morgan Hide. Also seen were 2 adult Black-necked Grebes and 4 independent juveniles.

Andy Weir

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