Lockdown..Covid-19..Easing of Restrictions…The Birds and the Bees

Recently the restrictions on movement have been eased.One can now go out for exercise for longer and travel for an unlimited distance.I have taken advantage of this and have made a couple of visits to locations not too far from home for exercise armed of course with my camera.Before heading out I spent time in the garden on a warm and sunny morning photographing the bees that were visiting the welsh poppies in my garden looking for nectar.This was quite successful and you can see the results below.

I then visited a local nature reserve and the Tern Colony at Preston Docks.The common terns had only recently arrived and were few in number but those present were getting on with mating as can be seen in the images below.At the nature reserve I managed some nice shots of a great tit busy eating tiny insects from the vegetation.The highlight however of recent outings was a visit to the Lancaster Canal where it was nice to see numbers of ducklings and cygnets escorted by their parents enjoying exploring the bankside vegetation. The young swans were a particular delight hitching a ride on mum's back.

It is also that time of the year when I like to get up very early and visit Bowland looking for the wildlife around before most people are out and about.I hope to post images from my early morning safaris in due course.Meantime thanks for looking in and stay safe and well.