A few minutes later not long before leaving I caught sight of a bird flying over the stone walling below, I initially thought Wheater and got one quick look before it disappeared not to return. After having a cup of tea at the cottages we went in search of the dipper which we were told about, unfortunately none appeared and only the odd Wren and Stonechat appeared, on our way back we saw not 1 toad but I believe well above 10 or 15 if not more, spending abit of time photographing them I feel happy with the results.
Moving on to the moors near Plenmillar we searched for red grouse and although we had a very close encouter with one stood on a post at the side of the road, after that there was only distant views to be had.
A stop at whittle dean reservoir produced Goldeneye, Great crested grebe, Grey wagtail and a few frogs and that was about it. I also had a quick look down lake the other day too, so I have added pictures from there too, so overall the day at Geltsdale was very good and warm and I'm happy with seeing the Black grouse although it would have been very nice to photograph them!
Can I also say thank you to all involved in the NWT (Northumberland Wildlife Trust) Photography competition for giving me second place in the 13-18 section and I was very happy as there was some very good entries too, I will be entering again next year!
|The fog eventually cleared|
|55mm lens cap showing size of these toads|
|Du' think they can see us?|
|A splendid looking great crested grebe|