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  1. Dalmatian Pelican in England - do what?

    04 Nov 2021
    So, here’s a thing.  I like to take wildlife photos and rarely photograph captive animals.  I just don’t like seeing animals in captivity.  I make an exception here for this Dalmatian Pelican on a couple of counts.  First, this was the first Dalmatian Pelican I’ve ever seen.  They are huge…

  2. Touchdown

    02 Nov 2021
    I’ve been wanting to get this image of a Canada Goose for some time.  Yesterday, at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) reserve at Arundel I eventually managed it.  It’s a combination of the birds coming into roost from the right direction and landing close enough to me, the low…

  3. Move along, nothing to see here.

    25 Oct 2021
    Or, spot the seal.   I have just been processing some photos that I took a few weeks back in Scotland (here, at the shore of the Isle of Raasay) of a group of Common Seals.  What really struck me was just how well these animals were camouflaged against the shoreline…

  4. After the Rut

    23 Oct 2021
    Late October and the red deer rut here is now all but finished.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to my favourite spot, the Royal park in Richmond, during the height of the rut itself. Nevertheless, I took the chance today in somewhat unpromising weather conditions. This time, it worked…

  5. Stranded

    27 Sep 2021
    I does feel like I’ve been stranded for a few months, stuck on a rock and cut off from photographing wildlife.  Residual Covid lockdown effects stopping me getting out and about.  Well, hopefully for the next couple of weeks we can see a return to form as I’m up on…

  6. Project IR Continues

    25 Jul 2021
    Today was a duller day after a week of blistering heat and blue skies; except for the odd thunderstorm that is.  So we set off for a walk and dodging showers.  I decided to go Infrared again to experiment across some watermeadows and the chalk down that lie to our…

  7. An Infra Red Diversion

    02 Jul 2021
    Those who follow this blog will know I have a slight side interest in infrared photography.  Mostly this relates to my main passion of photographing wildlife.  However, I do photograph other things too but don’t share much of that here.  These images are more landscape but I’m sharing them because…

  8. Roe Deer

    26 Jun 2021
    I have been seeing more roe deer in our woods recently.  From time to time one of these small deer pops out and then quickly disappears.  Today, I was standing quietly in the woods listening to the birds and one walked out onto the woodland path in front of me…

  9. Low Flying Kestrel

    01 Jun 2021
    Yesterday was the best day this year and the good weather had a local farmer out taking a cut of spring hay / silage.  This left a couple of fields trimmed down to the ground and in the afternoon the predators and scavengers (red kites, buzzards and kestrels) were to…

  10. Cheating…

    28 May 2021
    OK, so here’s the thing, a new lens was delivered this afternoon.  So I unwrapped it, stuck it on my camera and went out in the garden to try it out.  Here is one from the first burst I snatched. I wasn’t really trying and the light was low and…

  11. Just a bluetit

    25 May 2021
    I’m keeping this one simple.  A bluetit at the nest in an attractive tree.  I think this is a second brood but I didn’t want to disturb them or draw attention to what is a relatively busy site adjacent to a footpath.  The birds have enough to contend with this…

  12. Long winter but life is returning…

    18 Apr 2021
    The blog has been quiet for a few months but its feeling a bit more like spring today so here is a nuthatch from today to enjoy.  Taken in my local woodland. The bird was kind enough to strike a pose for me.  (More likely, it was keeping a wary…

  13. Local Patch

    05 Jan 2021
    2020 has shuffled its awkward way off stage to be replaced by a fresh, naive, and optimistic 2021 that, for us, has started by a reimposition of a ‘COVID Lockdown’.  Oh well!  Looking back, 2020 was a low point in photography for me but I didn’t entirely stop recording changes…

  14. Fungi and Lichen

    07 Nov 2020
    A quick shot from the daily walk today.  This spot is a regular spot for the honey fungus every autumn.  Normally, you only see the lichen.  But today it was an attractive combination in the autumn light This mini landscape seems curiously alien in its miniature aspect.  I think it’s…

  15. Green Elfcap

    31 Oct 2020
    This is just a a bit of a field curiosity.  Some days ago my wife spotted a bit of broken branch on the ground that was a curious colour and snapped a picture in the field because it was a vivid green-blue. We eventually found it in a guide book*…

  16. Stags & Bracken

    15 Oct 2020
    It’s now towards the end of the red deer rut in the UK and this morning looked like the weather might be fair.  Consequently I dashed up to Richmond Park through the morning rush hour to get there for just after dawn.  There is nothing quite like getting out of…

  17. Now, this is what I was after…

    28 Jul 2020
    After what is now approaching six weeks of trial, error and adjustment and try again, I finally got the photo of a fox in infrared ‘light’ last night.  The is the photo that I’d envisaged at the outset; the fox sliding gracefully under the fence with head slightly turned towards…

  18. In a quiet corner of a garden…

    16 Jul 2020
    … a young fox squeezes through a scrape under a fence to forage.  It can be a long process to get the photo you ‘visualised’ from a camera trap.  It’s partly about the animal behaving how you hoped and putting themselves in the right place and then being precisely in…

  19. A Shot in the Dark

    11 Jul 2020
    For a while I’ve wanted to experiment with photographing wildlife in dark.  Sure, you can use flashguns to light up your subject and I’ve done that.  Many, actually the vast majority of animals are not bothered by the quick flash of a camera flashgun; even when it’s two or three…

  20. Great Spotted Woodpeckers ready to fledge

    01 Jun 2020
    For  nearly three, weeks we have been watching a great spotted wood pecker nest that is just a few metres off a main trail along which we walk the dog.  It’s not the best nest to photograph as it’s a good 8m high and not as isolated as I’d normally…

  21. Spring Bunnies not Bears…

    29 May 2020
    Right now, I should be on my way to Canada to photograph grizzly bears in the far north west of British Columbia.  Obviously, due to a touch of the ‘pandemics’ I’m not and that’s going to have to wait for another year.  Consequently, yesterday I found myself at my usual…

  22. Playing with infrared light

    16 May 2020
    Word of warning, this post is a bit different from the normal stuff here and is a bit photo techy but hopefully most folk can still get something from it.   Some weeks ago I had my, somewhat underused, Nikon D7200 converted to Infrared photography for a project I had in…

  23. Garden Feeder

    19 Apr 2020
    I only very rarely photograph birds at the feeders in the garden. We actually have quite a few; five at the count today covering quite a range of foods.  The feeders are there to support the bird-life in the garden.  I note not wildlife because we discourage the grey squirrels…

  24. A fallen crab apple tree in bloom

    12 Apr 2020
    In the winter of 2018-19 a crab apple tree at the edge of ‘my’ (strictly speaking, not mine but you know what I mean) woods became a victim of a winter storm and was almost completely snapped near the base of the trunk.  Last year it did break into leaf…

  25. First Bluebell of Spring on Good Friday

    10 Apr 2020
    While out for a (COVID 19 rationed) daily constitutional at my local woods early this morning I caught sight of my first bluebell of the year.  It wasn’t there yesterday morning today it is; what a difference a day can make.  Bluebells are always a welcome sign and really makes…