Thursday, 22 July 2010

After The Rain

The early part of this week was memorable for the amount of rain which fell in a short space of time. I understand that parts of North West England had a month's worth of rain in a couple of hours. This rainfall was very welcome following one of the driest Springs since 1929. The middle of the week promised some better weather so I decided on a visit to Leighton Moss where I hadn't been for many weeks.
It proved to be a good decision as the weather was excellent and the wildlife wasn't bad either. My visit coincided with that of an osprey which was very visible perched on a dead tree at the Island Mere end of Leighton Moss. I managed a few record shots from the roadside and then made my way to the Public Hide hoping for a fly past or fish catching sortie. The Public Hide was full of expectant osprey watchers and I met up with colleagues whom I hadn't seen for some time. Eventually the osprey lifted off and came towards us but then soared up to great heights and was lost to view. I did see it again later with a fish departing to the north. I again managed one or two record shots but not the close ups we all hoped for.
I spent the remainder of my time at the Griesdale Hide watching red deer. Two hinds and a young " bambi " were feeding in the reed beds close to the hide and provided some nice photographic opportunities for myself and another local photographer, Stan from Lancaster. A quick look at the Tim Jackson hide was uneventful so I decided to head for home via the back roads looking for roe deer but none were seen. On the way home I stopped off at Harrissend Fell to watch a fabulous sunset over Morecambe Bay and headed South into more very wet weather around Garstang. I had however enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon at Leighton Moss and will be returning again soon. The images above show a record shot of the osprey, a fly past from a juvenile marsh harrier,a heron looking for an evening meal, the red deer enjoying their evening in the reedbeds  and finally the sunset over Morecambe Bay.


  1. I always enjoy a circuit of Leighton Moss which usually takes me most of the day.

    Sounds - and looks - like you enjoyed it too Brian with the resulting excellent images.

  2. Brian,

    Great day out at Leighton Moss which was made even better by meeting you. The sunset shot is exceptional.

    John (Howdon Blogger)