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  1. A little to early in the season?

    22 Sep 2022
    Last Saturday looked like it was going to be a fine autumn day (it was) so I arranged my day so I could visit Richmond Park at dawn to as close to as possible to that because the gates do not open until 7am.  I duel arrived at 6:40am and…

  2. Does anyone look out of the window?

    04 Aug 2022
    So here’s a thing…   Recently we flew out from the UK to Canada flying on a route that took us over Greenland, Hudson Bay, the vast plains of Canada before crossing the Rocky Mountains and landing at Vancouver.  The flight was a morning flight so all of this was comfortably…

  3. Return to the Great Bear Rainforest

    03 Aug 2022
    It has taken a few weeks to get organised and select some photos to showcase our latest mini-expedition but I’m pleased to share this Journey - Return to the Great Bear Rainforest here. I hope you enjoy this special area.

  4. Bears of the Khutzymateen - Trailer

    23 Jun 2022
    A bit of a heads up here.  We have just returned from the Canadian Pacific North West Coast and with a focus on the Khutzymateen Inlet.  This is a Provincial park that was the first and still the only park to fully protect grizzly bears in British Columbia.  It is…

  5. It’s that great spotted time of year

    22 May 2022
    May be it’s a little early this year.  Second half of May and we already have a nest of great spotted woodpeckers making a lot of sound and the parents frantically feed them.  Usually, I think his has been more of a June time event so its about two weeks…

  6. A few days in Andalusia (Flamingoes & Vultures)

    30 Apr 2022
    Last week we managed to get away to the Andalucia region of Spain.  We haven’t been to this area for over 20 years; the trip reminded us what a beautiful area this is, especially in spring.  Apart from grabbing a quiet time we manage to traveled into the interior up…

  7. Surprise Water Rail

    04 Apr 2022
    Yesterday, I popped one to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s reserve at Arundel to see what spring was revealing.  Not so much spring though as it was very cold in the hides.  I was fortunate to watch a pair of peregrine falcons on the ridge behind the reserve and a…

  8. Hare Today

    12 Feb 2022
    Hares are difficult to photograph because they are exceedingly shy and have a tendency to bolt fast.  When, as in the first photo, they lie motionless and can be exceedingly difficult to spot so any slightly darker smudge in the field is worth checking with binoculars.  Nevertheless they are great…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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*…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…