This year I plan to document in words and photographs the wonderful array of birds in this part of the world. I am particularly interested in bird behaviour so I hope I can capture the essense of what makes these creatures tick.
To start I need to introduce you to my neighbourhood. There are three main areas I tend to go to most around here:
The Leeds to Liverpool canal at the bottom of my road - this is a stretch less than two miles long but teeming with life. For me it starts at the top of the Five Rise Locks at Bingley. This is a series of locks that raise and lower barges and canal boats. Yorkshire is hilly - and the canal was a major feat of engineering in tackling how to get these heavy industrial boats up and down the hills. You can read more about the canal in my lens on Squidoo - Walking the Towpath
This stretch of canal is the most important for me but I do visit other stretches of the canal so will include sightings along there from time to time.
Coppice Pond on the St Ives Estate, Bingley - this is a large estate near Bingley that is now open to the public. On part of it is the Coppice Pond, home to a large flock of Canada geese as well as coots, moorhens and so on. The ranger has set up a feeding station for woodland birds so I often go up to watch them and the squirrels.
Myrtle Park in the centre of Bingley - this public park has the Aire River running through it. So far I haven't studied the wildlife there much but mean to rectify that this year.
I spend most of my time at the canal. Last year I was lucky enough to follow several wildfowl families through the breeding season with all the ups and downs that entailed. I produced several small photobooks of their stories on Blurb.com and make several lenses on Squidoo. This year, I mean to do even better and this blog is the start. Part of it will be a diary in words and pictures, and part will be articles on the various birds I come across. I may even throw in a little history now and then!
You can find the complete list of my storybook photography lenses that cover last year's stories of my favourite wildfowl families CLICK HERE - on Squidoo