On Monday, we watched house martins flying above the gardens of Levens Hall, gathering insects to feed their young. As the adult bird comes to rest beside its nest under the eaves its white rump stands out against the stone-work. Yesterday, no sign of house martins over the River Kent but today they are fly high above the river. In Thursday's rain swifts fed over the river and grey wagtail gathered insects over the water, to feed their young.
On 12th June 2017 I photographed a goosander swimming with her ducklings on her back but she was toward the further bank of the river. Dominic Couzens has superb images and an article that highlights the importance of our respecting the River Kent and its goosander habitat. Mature trees upstream of Kendal are essential to provide the tree- holes in which they nest. My video shows the female and her ducklings in hunting mode, diving, flashing fast through the water, searching the river bed for prey. Plastic clutter, bicycles, shopping trolleys and traffic cones chucked into the river become hazards to the goosander way of life.