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  1. Fire and Brimstone…

    Date 11 Aug 2018
    Slight exaggeration, no fire.  But it has been dry enough this summer that a spark is all it would take to set the meadows and woodlands alight.  Notwithstanding the, I do have a Brimstone butterfly here.  I’m rather fond of Brimstones.  Probably because they are usually the first butterflies to be…

  2. The end of summer?

    Date 01 Aug 2018
    Today is the 1st August - high summer.  But out walking in my usual haunts it feels like the end of summer already.  In March we has snow and ice and a delayed spring.  Now, and after two months with blue skies and barely any rain until last weekend, it…

  3. Two ‘new’ species today

    Date 08 Jul 2018
    It’s been super warm this summer in southern England, really the longest hot spell I can remember like this since my childhood and the summer of 1976.  Plus I’ve been super busy at work and have had less time to get out photographing.  Consequently, this morning I took the dog out…

  4. Spotted some Great Woodpeckers

    Date 30 May 2018
    On Sunday, while out walking, I heard the unmistakable chirping chatter of a nest full of Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling for food.  After a bit of audio triangulation - that is walking round a stand of oaks I figured out where they were and located the hole.  I returned later…

  5. Young Fallow

    Date 28 May 2018
    Yesterday morning, while on a flying visit to Leicestershire, I had the chance to go out for a short walk a tone of my favourite locations - Bradgate Park.  It wasn’t really a photography trip so much as a exercise walk for the dog.  Nevertheless, along came the camera and…

  6. More Mr Fox

    Date 27 Apr 2018
    My ‘suburban fox’ project has been ongoing in the background and by that I mean mainly in the dark hours of the night.  I’ve been trying to work out where they travel around and through my garden and had guessed wrong a few times.  After using a couple of night vision trail cameras…

  7. Spring & Slow-worms

    Date 21 Apr 2018
    Spring has suddenly sprung this week as we have enjoyed a burst of warm weather.  I keep an eye out at the time of year for emerging lizards and snakes.  Never easy to see unless you know where to look.  Earlier this week a large female grass snake (about two…

  8. A bit more of that spectacular ordinary…

    Date 16 Apr 2018
    The mute swan is a very familiar sight on our rivers, canals and lakes.  They are big birds and have a bit of a fearsome reputation (e.g breaking arms) which is partly deserved as they can be very territorial especially when they have young about.  I’ve been chased by one who is…

  9. Looking at the ordinary…

    Date 05 Apr 2018
    I’m often aware that I overlook the most ordinary of our wildlife, somehow seeing it as less interesting than the less familiar.  Sometimes I have to force myself to look afresh.   At the weekend I again visited the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust site in Arundel. It’s feeling like a…

  10. Gone, and on our watch…

    Date 20 Mar 2018
    Today, the last male Northern White Rhino (known as ‘Sudan’) died after an illness at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. That’s basically it, a major mammal ‘mega fauna’ species is now effectively extinct because there are just two females left.  And that has happened on our watch. Photography theme? Well…