More Kingfisher at Adel Dam

On the 24th September I paid another visit to Adel Dam Nature Reserve. At the first hide the feeders had just been topped up and they were quite busy with birds.

Blue Tit

Peanuts are too big for the smaller birds to eat in one go so what happens is that they fly in, pick up a peanut and then fly off into the trees to then eat the nut peck by peck. This Blue Tit did just that and flew into the bushes by the side of the hide.

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At the 2nd hide Nuthatch were doing a similar thing but this one is still on the feeder.

Robin

Robins were also using the feeders.

Bank Vole

But one of the stars of the visit was this Bank Vole, and my, were they quick? Usually they were gone before I could press the shutter but some times they would pause before scurrying off again.

Kingfisher

THE star of the visit was this Kingfisher. It perched on this branch for a while.

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It spread its colourfull wings a couple of times

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It also did some diving, but often came up with little bits of weed instead of fish.

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The nature reserve is well worth a visit. On this occasion there were Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Robin, Black headed gull, Buzzard, Red Kite, Teal, Mallard, Moorhen and Grey Wagtail.

As usual you can click on any of the images to see them on Flickr. There are also a few more Kingfisher shots within the flickr album.

Harley Rally August 2017

I usually try to get up into the Baildon centre for the Harley Rally and this year I took photos of the fuel tanks. I have now put them all together into a montage. I might add a couple more photos later; ones of the more general view. There are a couple of imposters in the collage but the ethos is still the same. No! they are not Japanese or Italian imposters, or German.

Harley Tanks 2017

As usual click on the image to see it on flickr.

I’m starting to think I will start having the images in my blog instead of on flickr. If you are not familiar with flickr it is not obvious how to navigate to larger version like this – large image or this one at the original size.

Kingfishers at Adel Dam Nature Reserve

I paid my first visit to Adel Dam Nature Reserve yesterday afternoon. It was quite a grey day but the sightings of the Kingfishers were good. I will be calling again.

From the first hide you could see Nuthatch, Blue Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tits, Great Tit and a young Grey Heron strutting along the path in front of the hide. But for me the far hide was the best.

Kingfisher

I often see Kingfisher along the river Aire in Baildon or Saltaire but at Adel Dam there were three flying around the lake. On several occasions they flew along the front of the hide, only a few feet away. They also caught several fish and perched on branches giving the fish a good whack against the branch before swallowing it.

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And for a few seconds one of them perched on a branch quite close to the hide.

If I had known that the Kingfishers were showing themselves like that I would have got there earlier instead of playing Ingress between Adel Cricket Club and Headingley Golf Club.

As usual you can click on the image and see it larger on Flickr. There are several more on Flickr. Use the left and right chevrons to move through the Adel Dam photo album.

Buzzard

I went for a walk along the river Aire today with the intention of getting a photo of a Kingfisher. I did see one fly along the river but it didn’t co-operate and perch near me. I took a few photos of butterflies and Goosander and I will probably be posting something about them later but these photos are a bit more exciting.

Several times during my walk along the river I heard some loud cries and it took a while for it to sink in that it was a bird of prey. Most of the time it was in the trees across the other side of the river but on my way back towards Denso Marston Nature Reserve from the Shipley end I realised that the cry was now coming from my side of the river. I walked as quietly as I could along the path and could see where the noise was coming from. But would you believe that what looked like two Buzzards were disturbed by a man walking along the river bank with a shopping basket on wheels in tow. The clatter of the wheels on the path was amazing. I still can’t work out how that could be a short cut to or from shops.

After this I was thinking about heading home but decided to go somewhere I had heard similar calls before, and this time I was in luck. Beautiful! Well worth the detour. It’s fantastice that we can see all this in Baildon.

As usual you can click on the image and see a larger version on Flickr. There are several more on Flickr too.

Buzzard

I was quite pleased to spot this Buzzard. So often they spot you first and all you see if a flash of brown and white as it flies off into the distance.

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I could hear two calling as it launched itself from the pylon.

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It circled around on its massive wings and landed on the pylon again.

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And around it went again. On one of its circuits it seemed to look right at me.

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Before flying off over Esholt.

A bit more wild life from the last couple of weeks

On the morning of Saturday 29 July the sun was shining in our garden and again we had a few butterflies on the Buddleia. It is not called the butterfly bush for nothing.

For those that don’t like spiders be warned that there is a photo of a web later on – no spider though.

As usual you can click on any of the images and see larger versions on Flickr. There are also a few other photos on Flickr taken around the same time.

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Buddleia

This Small Tortoiseshell was sipping the nectar on the Buddleia.

Roe Deer

On Friday 4 I had a day off work and went up past Moorfield Equestrian Centre where I spotted this Roe Deer. It was with a similar sized buck.

Small Copper

A little further North I spotted a Small Copper, and they are small. Compare its size to that of the berries next to it.

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Another view of a Small Copper.

Goldfinch on Thistles

Just near the Equestrian Centre are some thistles and on my way back I kept quiet and was rewarded by Goldfinch coming and eating some of the seeds. There ability to nibble along until they get to the seed is amazing when you think that all they have is a hard beak and a tongue.

Juvenile Goldfinch in Thistles

This is a juvenile Goldfinch in the Thistles. I am still hoping to see flocks of Goldfinch on the many thistles down by Tong Park Dam.

Spider's Hole

Walking up the narrow path towards the bottom gate of the rugby club I noticed quite a few spider webs at the entrance to holes in the embankment by the side of the path. I believe these are the work of Labyrinth Spiders, a rather dull grey-brown spider that usually goes unnoticed apart from these webs.

5 August

Early morning haze on Bradford Golf Club

Early on 5 August I went along much the same route as Saturday but a lot earlier. The photo above was taken at just gone 7:00 AM. In my memory the near fairways were much more silvery with the dew.  The length of the shadows show it to still be morning.

Curlew, Hare and Swallow

And this is what I was hoping to see. Curlew and Hare, with a Swallow doing a low level fly by.

Curlew

I don’t know if the shape of a Curlew’s bill varies during the year but this one has a bill that is thick at the head end. At a guess I would say that it is a juvenile. This Curlew is just stretching out its left leg and wing.

You can see that is reasonably early in the morning – the grass still has sparkling drop of dew all over it.

Hare

But this is what I was hoping to see – Hare. The early low Sun is giving it a more golden colour than ones I have seen in the past.

Hare

They tuck their rear legs well under as they lope around.

Hare and Swallow

This shows one reason why you might not see many Hares around. They tend to hunker down and the grass wouldn’t have to grow much more for them to be out of sight. The two lighter areas to the right of the Hare are two swallows flying along the fields just above the grass.

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This Hare is quietly eating the grass and probably keeping half an eye on me.

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And just behind my head while I was watching the Hare was this Blue Tit all fluffed up.

Comma Butterfly

This Comma Butterfly was perched at the top of these Thistle flowers with a bit of space behind so that the background is totally out of focus and a uniform pale green to make the butterfly stand out.

Gatekeeper Butterfly

A few Gatekeeper Butterflies were also in the same area but they didn’t stay still for long.

Small Copper

While I was taking these photos I heard a noise behind me and saw two Roe Deer gallop across the field only a short distance away. They were much too quick for me to get my camera up to take a photo. They quickly disappeared into the woods and down the slope to the beck. So I went back to the Thistles, Brambles and Bracken and got a decent shot of a Small Copper.

Roe Deer

When I next looked up I was being watched by this Roe Deer. It seemed reasonably relaxed and let me get a photo.

Roe Deer

It then galloped off

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and headed in the same direction as the other two deer I had seen.

Puffball mushroom

I headed off in a similar direction and on the edge of the woods spotted this Puffball

Panther Cap? Blusher?

and this Panther Cap. Or is it a Blusher?

Red Admiral Butterfly

I saw no more deer as I went through the woods but when I came out the other side more butterflies were around one of them being this Red Admiral.

Powerlines

This shot shows the powerlines cutting through the trees of Buck Wood. It is looking over the top of Tong Park Industrial Estate towards Esholt sewerage works.

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar

This Cinnabar Moth caterpillar was spotted on 6 August on a walk between the River Aire and Leeds Liverpool Canal heading North from Buck Lane.