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  1. Raising offspring…

    Date 24 Apr 2016
    …is never easy but I don’t think we often realise how tough it really is for wildlife.   It’s been a busy spring, actually pretty cold in the UK after a mild winter. I’d hoped this post would be a bit of a record of a small project I was…

  2. Heron time

    Date 15 Feb 2016
    It’s that time of year again.  In early Jan, our local herons began occupying the nests in the heronry and staking their territory.  Mid February and there is the start of nest building / repairing taking off in ernest.  It will become increasingly noisy at the heronry now and no…

  3. Lucky or ready?

    Date 14 Feb 2016
    Yesterday was a very dull dank and, frankly, cold and nasty February day.  I wasn’t really expecting to do much in the way of photography; particularly as I was ‘surfacing’ from having a pretty late night out with a few friends.  Nevertheless, something cropped up unexpectedly and that was a bonus.   I was…

  4. The quest for green woodpecker photographs continues…

    Date 27 Jan 2016
    I’ve posted before about trying to photograph green woodpeckers.  As far as I can figure, they are just about the most cautious and shy bird I know of.  Be anywhere in their vicinity and they will be aware of you and will often, in trees, even hide behind branches.  Their comfort…

  5. In Contrast…

    Date 07 Jan 2016
    I first became interested in photography in the age of 35mm film, well before digital cameras.  Back then, I had access to a good darkroom (at university) and I did a fair bit of processing and printing of my black and white films.  After leaving uni, I lost the access to the darkroom and…

  6. Kestrels winter light

    Date 29 Dec 2015
    Today, I spent a couple of hours watching and following a Kestrel as it hunted around a local field that is intentionally conserved as a meadow.  It was fascinating watching it’s behaviour quartering the field, using the breeze to hold station and resting in various trees around the field edge from time…

  7. Long Tailed Tit

    Date 24 Dec 2015
    The mild weather this winter has continued, as I write, well into December.  It’s nearly Christmas and I’ve a few days off before the holiday and through into New Year.  Unfortunately, the weather looks set to be mild but windy, grey and wet.  Today we are just enjoying the trailing…

  8. It’s been a bit dark here recently…

    Date 14 Dec 2015
    OK, so it is winter.  Not that I can complain that much.  So far this winter has been remarkably warm and, in parts of the UK, remarkably wet.  In Cumbria there have been floods of near biblical proportions and November was, apparently, the least sunny month on record.  It’s on…

  9. Hacking about and mashing up…

    Date 22 Nov 2015
    The weather recently hasn’t been too conducive to much wildlife photography recently so I’ve been spending a bit of weekend time planning some future projects and also hacking around with gear to help this.  One gear tinkering project has been to wireless enable an infrared beam trigger so that I…

  10. It’s not all about deer, today a kestrel stole the show.

    Date 25 Oct 2015
    The weather forecast promised clear skies over south east England for this morning so I couldn’t pass-up an early morning out photographing the rut again.  I’ve now got a few hundred more very good images but I’m still missing a really dramatic battle of dominant stags.  At times, the early light was great…