Sunday, 29 April 2012

Wildlife and river update

When our little band of intrepid idiots walkers set off in the rain on Friday morning, we heard what we thought was someone working a dog with a professional whistle although neither person nor dog was visible. As we came closer to the sound we looked up to see a red kite on a nest calling loudly to it's mate who was hunting. We stood and watched and listened for sometime before moving on lest we upset them - only rubbish photos, but will try and get some with the good SLR camera IF it ever stops raining.

Further along this Heron was much easier to photograph as he/she was too intent on dinner to bother much about us
Then there were these gorgeous Belted Galloways (you know these things if you watch Adam on Countryfile!) who were both quiet and curious
just the cutest of teddy bears
then of course there were the indigenous species who didn't seem to think that they were wet enough (except for Baxter who felt that he was way too wet within 30 secs of leaving the boat) 
Looking back up the valley from Ferry Bridge

Then, during Saturday's bath walk, we came across these lovely Crested Grebes; not the best focused pics I'm afraid.

And, finally, a quick video of the water we are sitting in and, far worse, what we have to leave through - not for a goodly while yet methinks.
(In case you can't get the video to run, this is the state of the water which we have to go through as we leave the lock)

Oh well, Sunday afternoon and time to don the wet weather gear (which is living up to it's name by being permanently wet) and join the alcofrolics next door for a pint.


  1. That was a great wildlife adventure. I love the Belted Galloways. Did you have the chance to touch them?

    1. They would have allowed us to I think, but I didn't as we had the dogs and I didn't want to disturb them