Saturday, 21 February 2015

Rodley nature reserve

Dunnock and Greenfinch




Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.
Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised 'flyway' for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. (LINK)

This is a great place to visit and have realised I have not been here for over a year.
It is a good all round haven for wild life.

Most people don't relies it's here, well hidden in the outskirts of Leeds, of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, you enter over the iron bridge.

  


Looking down the river Aire both ways, the path leads you straight to the first hide.
Canada geese were grazing on the field along the river edge.

The Lagoon was a little quiet but did have the Black Swan on it, one of the birds I had come to see.



There are feeding stations and nest boxes all over the reserve.


The new viewing hides are made from metal, making them very cold to sit in , as it was the water part of the reserve was very quiet to day.



This Common Linnet was happy to sit and sing in the sun.



And a Robin was hiding in the hedge.



At the far side of the reserve, there is the wild flower meadow walk. Lining the field are hedges made up of Hazel and Hawthorn.

Male Hazel Catkins 


Female flower of the Hazel tree

It was nice to see the green bursting through..

Hawthorn new leaves

In the far field there were a few Common Gulls in the field.

Common Gull


On the way back to the visitors centre, you can see the bird box for the Kestrel , to day I was in luck as it was sitting out in the sun.

Kestrel 


 There are bee hives on the sight and they were out to day in the sun collecting pollen from the Gorse bush.


Honey Bee

 A coffee warmed me up in the visitor centre then it was of to the Manager's Garden, here they put seed out for the birds and it's good viewing.
So if you have managed to get this far I will leave you with a collection of birds I saw here.

Bullfinch

Robin

Female Reed Bunting 

Green Finch

Green Finch

Male Reed Bunting

Dunnock
Happy with the new camera so definitely going back here. 

HAPPY HUNTING

AMANDA XXX


31 comments:

  1. That looks like a great place to spend the day! Lovely photos!

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  2. Thank Louise, some times we don't make the most of what's on our door step, I need to go more as it is a nice place.
    Amanda xx

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  3. Wow the kestrel photos are lovely. How lucky to spot it !! I never see anything like that, probably because the kids make so much noise. Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah, this place is set up for children in mind, pond dipping and organised walks through the summer, on a Wednesday when it's open they have school visits.
      Amanda xx

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  4. I'm always amazed by the amount of detail you achieve in your photos- every feather! I particularly loved the shot of the catkins looking up to the sky. I had some bird excitement this week when I heard a tawny owl on some waste land one evening. I've never heard one around here and haven't heard it since though I live in hope :-) x

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    1. Thanks Julie, I'm really pleased with the bird photos glad I did keep the camera, and how nice to hear Tawny owl calling..
      Amanda xx

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  5. Super bird photos - love the one of the Black Swan and the Kestrel :) It looks a really great reserve to visit and wonderful to have it close to where you live :)

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    1. Thanks RR, had a look and Black Swans come from Australia. This one is probable an escaped from some were. They have put a Owl box up to so hopping it gets used.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Your new camera is definitely working!! Bird close ups are great...especially liked the Black Swan! You are so fortunate to be near the Nature Reserve!

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    1. Thanks Juliet, really pleased with this set of photos, going to try and make more visits this year.
      Amanda xx

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  7. So many of your songbirds look similar to ours but slightly different. I love your cute little robins! Thanks for taking us on a tour of the reserve. What a wonderful place for wildlife!

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    1. Thanks PP, glad you liked the bird photos, making the most of the Robin, as summer comes they move out of the gardens and you don't get to see them much at all.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Fabulous shots of all the birds - great place to live near - I love visiting nature reserves - alas, Leeds is a little far!

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    1. Thanks Elaine, need to make the most of reserve, I live quite close , about 20 minuets away, only open three days as it's run by volunteers.
      Amanda xx

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  9. What amazing photos of the birds xx

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, having fun with the new camera...
      Amanda xx

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  10. What a great place for wildlife and fabulous photos too. I love the Kestral sunning himself, it's not something i've seen before. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thanks Deb, I think Kestrals look like young birds , especially this one sunning it's self. But when it took of it became the bird of pray we know.
      Amanda xx

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  12. So many wonderful birds!! I am amazed too to see the hawthorn leaves starting to appear, that seems so early, but I guess that all sorts of things will be bursting forth very soon! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, trees that get most of the sun seem to be a little further on in some places. It was so cold on this day but it was great to see the bees and the birds so close.
      Amanda xxx

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  13. Glorious. You got some lovely captures. Did you know the kestrel was a male? Females don't have the grey heads. And the reed buntings are beautiful- I've never seen them before xx

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    1. Thanks CT, realy happy with my camera, and I did not know it was a male, they have had Kestrels nesting here for years, and have good numbers of Reed Buntings.
      Amanda xx

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  14. A good capture of the male Kestrel Amanda and its all looking very Springlike with the bird and catkin shots.

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    1. Thanks Roy, good light and good day makes all the difference , had not relished it was a male.
      Amanda xx

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  15. Some stunning photos there Amanda, you must be pleased...

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    1. Thanks Stewart, very pleased with my photos to day...thanks.
      Amanda xxx

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  16. Thank you, Amanda, for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my post. What a superb post here - jealous of your Greenfinch in particular as ours have vanished. However my husband saw a flock of Yellowhammer while we were in Norfolk - such colourful birds on a grey day! The kestrel in your pics is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, I like Greenfinch too, depending on the light they can show up all shades from Yellow to green. We need to look after our Yellowhammers and I was so lucky to see the Kestrel.
      Amanda xx

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  17. Fantastic photos and a great variety of birds! Nice to see that bit of green from the hazel too. I think I have caught up with your posts but I can't comment on them all, as blog posts are taking forever to load on my Kindle, with all the photos! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy nice to hear from you, things are going to start moving fast now we are in March...
      Amanda xx

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