The North York Moors
10/05/2014 and 17/05/2014
The North York Moors
Saturdays over two weekends in May, saw me on the North York Moors, truly a great place to be, one of our countries great open and mainly deserted areas of land.
The first Saturday trip was a wonderful 50th Birthday present from Adele my good lady wife, on a Moorland wildlife Photography Workshop, with Steve Race of Yorkshire Coast Nature, which though a great day, was spoilt by some really horrible weather which lasted on and off all day, but did leave us time to talk more about cameras, settings, metering, focusing and actual composition of photographs.
We did get some good spells of weather and indeed on occasions brought out birds after heavy down pours to dry out.
Also it gave me a great insight to new locations and places to watch wildlife, which I will keep to myself, though will visit from time to time, hence the following weekends trip with Adele to be nosey about where I was taken.
It was excellent to be taken to various locations where Steve and YCN had researched and planned (though cheating a little by not finding my own) and showed I have much to learn on how to find and watch wildlife, where to look, general information and I think quite importantly bird song and calls which helps find things much faster than your sight.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend a field trip or workshop by a wildlife or nature company like YCN, indeed we have just done a Speyside Wildlife Company, Pine Marten and Badger Hide, in Scotland which confirmed the good thoughts on using experts from time to time.
On both moorland trips a great variety of birdlife, including, Redstart, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, Snipe, Curlew, Lapwing, Red Grouse, Golden Plover, Grey and Pied Wagtails, Wheatears, Common Pipits, Crossbills, Whitethroat, plus the usual more common birds!!!
Awaiting Ring Ouzel and Whinchat
Red Grouse displaying (think quite unusual)
Soggy Lapwing and chick
Curlew and chick
Lapwing and chick
Wheatear, male and female ready to feed young
Drying Ring Ouzel