Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dowley Gap

Sunday 12th January a.m.
 A cold frosty start with a temperature of just -3°C on our arrival at Dowley Gap where we walked
along the canal.It was good to see a Jay again & there was also a Nuthatch in the same area.Walking
along by the water works there were good numbers of BH Gulls & Pied Wags with others including
Robin,Dunnock & Wren.We looked through the Wagtails & soon found a couple of Greys, we also
saw a couple of Mipits.
  We walked a short way by the river Aire seeing Mallards & Goosanders before turning back.As we
went passed the locks we saw a couple of Mute Swans were now on the canal.As we were looking at
these my dad noticed a bird at the other side of the canal on the ground among the trees.He looked
through the bins & said Sparrowhawk it then flew out glided across the canal just a couple of meters
in front of us then rose up over the trees and away.What a thrill being so close to a great bird like the
Sparrowhawk, it happened so quick though we were too slow with the cameras.Another good finish
to our morning birding.




Meadow Pipit


Canal up to Dowley Gap Locks

Dowley Gap


  1. That Jay shot is a Killer, well done and well worthy of uploading to Flicker, Iris or such like.

  2. Love the first shot of the Robin on the frost, what is the Jay eating... Looks a bit like the a frog!. In all a great set of photos.

  3. Thank you both for your comments.
    I think the Jay is eating a frog, it can be seen more clearly on a different snap.