A couple of hours at Rodley Nature Reserve

I had a quick trip to Rodley Nature Reserve today and a few birds were kind enough to show themselves.


Robins are noisy little things and often keep still even though quite close.


I saw only 2 Oystercatchers. I often see Oystercatchers at Saltaire too. There seems to have been a pair nesting at the Tax Office for a number of years and you can often hear their “Peep, Peep” as they fly along the river.


Plenty of Bluetits were around.



The visitor centre has several feeding stations around it and unfortunately the Godfinches would not show themselves except on the feeder.


However the star of the visit was this Chiffchaff. There were several about but as is often the case they were always behind a line or 2 of trees. Except this one as I was about to head home.


Some of the other sightings were Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Longtail Tit, Great Tit, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Willow Warbler, Wren, Magpie, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Mallard, Teal, Swallow….

There were several other species but the quick glimpse was not good enough for me, nor am I good at recognising them by song.

And as an added bonus there are several Ingress portals there.

Sunday round Follifoot

This Sunday I had a trip round Pannal, Spofforth, Follifoot, North Deighton, Beckwithshaw for Ingress and had my camera with me. When driving along Haggs Road I saw what looked like a couple of Red Kite mobbing each other. I pulled over as soon as I could but they had drifted off into the distance but another two were around.

Red Kites


Red Kite

Considering the light (a downpour started just a few seconds after taking these shots) I think they are not too bad. Worth sharing anyway.

Taking my camera on an Ingress Mission round Yeadon Tarn

This is the 2nd of the 2 posts I am making this weekend. This one is from a walk round Yeadon Tarn doing the Tarnfield Dam. If I limited it to just the mission it would probably take 20 minutes. It is not just Ingress that slows a walk down, having a camera can seriously add time to a walk.

As usual you can click on the image to see it on Flickr along with a few others.

Great Crested Grebe at Yeadon Tarn

This was the only Great Crested Grebe I could see on the Tarn

Tufted Duck at Yeadon Tarn

The were probably 8 or 9 Tufted Duck

Pochard at Yeadon Tarn

And one Pochard

Black Headed Gull at Yeadon Tarn

There were plenty of gulls that were very noisy fighting over someones dropped lunch.

A Couple of Local Ingress Trips

This is the first of two postings this weekend. These photos are from an Ingress trip to Leeds. I was a little surprised at the number of unique captures I got in the game with this recent walk along part of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Leeds. I have been around these parts a couple of times but obviously not on this particular route.

Footbridge over River Aire

Having a curve in the bridge makes it a little more interesting.

Footbridge over River Aire

And I suppose the support needs to support for the bridge needs to curve away so that the stresses are along the material.

Leeds Liverpool Canal

Leeds Liverpool Canal

The sky was surprisingly blue with white clouds as afternoon was getting on.

Leeds Liverpool Canal Office Lock

I wonder why the lock here should be called Office Lock? Perhaps the office for the canal was nearby. I will try to find out. And the yellow marker is for Cycle Route 66. Several of these are portals in the game. 1 is at Esholt on the canal another near the Ibis Hotel in Shipley on the canal.

Leeds Liverpool Canal bridge

Back in the days when signs were made out of cast iron you wouldn’t have the flexibility of a a DTP package to get just the size of type face you want. This sign is on the bridge of Wharf Approach by the Office Lock


Motor Car Acts 1896 and 1903


This BRIDGE is INSUFFICIENT to carry a HEAVY MOTOR CAR, the registered axle- weights of which exceeds THREE TONS or the registered axle-weights of the several axles of which exceed in the aggregate FIVE TONS or a Heavy Motor Car drawing a TRAILER, if the registered axle-weights of the several axles of the Heavy Motor Car and the axle-weights of the Trailer exceed in the aggregate FIVE TONS

Pall Mall, Liverpool


Leeds & Liverpool Canal Company.


This is the building stretching above Candlebar.

Car Park in the railway arches

Behind the Hilton and under the Leeds Railway Station the arches are used for parking, coffee bars etc.

New Entrance to Leeds Railway StationThis is a new entrance to Leeds Railway Station, on the South side.

Aaron Kearney’s UNight16 and our trip to the Strange Monument

It is now a year since Aaron Kearney’s Unight16 plan covered the UK in blue blankets for 250 million mind units. A lovely sight.

This has prompted a few people to remember Aaron in various posts so it might be appropriate to post photos of some time I spent with Aaron. I owe my biggest field of 3 1/4 million mind units to Aaron when he asked me to be involved in his Hardrada plan where I sacrificed my guardian. But a portal that Aaron and I had a trip out to a month earlier was later to became my guardian and last 469 days.

It is a great shame he is not still here with his amazing plans and infectious enthusiasm. He set the bar high for others to follow.

Here are a few photos of the trip Aaron and I made to what is called “The Strange Monument” in the game of Ingress.
Climbing through the bracken

With this being September the bracken was a reasonable height but still manageable.

There were various lichens growing amongst the heather.


Higher up the slope above the bracken the heather was quite thick and it was easier to try and walk between it, perhaps small paths made by sheep, rabbits, deer?

A closer look at the lichen

And there is the monument. But the flora is still interesting. The monument is actually a surveying aid, one of the Colsterdale towers built to help with the construction of the Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs.


The view from near the tower is nice

Trying for signal from Masham

And here is Aaron trying to get a mobile signal from Masham.


From the monument the sunset was gorgeous. But it was not too late to head back to the car.

On the way back to the car

Heading back to the car.

Aaron and Black Sheep

With a stop off at the brewery for a tasty pint.

For those that didn’t know this is related to the game of Ingress