A Tuesday evening and another dance lesson for A, meaning another brief window of opportunity for a wander. I took an oft-repeated circuit along the River Bela to where it meets the Kent, then up on to the course of the old Milnthorpe to Arnside branch line and finally back along the road to the car.
Whitbarrow and the Bela.
The sun was shining, but dark clouds threatened to the east and south; it seemed only a matter of time before the rain would arrive.
Dark skies over the weir.
This Grey Heron was much further from my lens than the one which I photographed at Attenborough recently, but I decided to try to capture its antics anyway…
It seems it was having some success…
Whitbarrow Scar across the Kent Estuary.
The orchid triangle didn’t disappoint; the Twayblade has finished flowering, but there were new flowers to replace those…
I’ve posted a few pictures to show the variety in shape and colouration.
This middle one is, I suspect, Heath-spotted orchid, whereas the other two look more like Common spotted-orchid, but then orchids hybridise so who knows?
I’ve walked past these woods a couple of times this year, on Monday evening outings, and noticed quite a cacophony of bird noise. I assumed that somebody was keeping some kind of poultry in the woods.
But I should have known better…
A friend told me years ago that there was a heronry here. As I watched – and fat rain drops began to fall – several Little Egrets and a Grey Heron flew to and from the trees.
Not the sharpest photos, I know, but its so rare that I manage to catch birds in flight that I’ve decided to post them anyway.