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  1. On those unpromising days…

    09 Oct 2017
    I felt in the need of a change of scene after being at home for a few days so this afternoon I went out for a bit of a drive to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) at Arundel.  It was one of those overcast, start of autumn, sort of…

  2. The B of the Bang…

    04 Oct 2017
    Occasionally, I feel strangely compelled to post about a photo that didn’t quite go my way; one that won’t appear in the galleries.  This is such an occasion.  While sorting through photos of cheetahs from our Kenya trip, this photo caught my attention.  No, it’s not a great image in…

  3. Under Kenyan Skies - New Journey

    01 Oct 2017
    I’ve just returned from a two week trip to Kenya.  We safaried through three distinct parts of the country.  We started in the middle/northern part of the Kenya in the Matthews Mountains of Samburu county, then moved South West a bit to the high plateau country of Laikipia and, finally,…

  4. A scruffy youngster

    28 Aug 2017
    Herons are striking and usually elegant birds with trailing and contrasting plumage.  Consequently, there must be some mother that must be a bit ashamed as to how this juvenile went out into the world this year.  Sure, it has got the right heron attitude of general and menacing distain but…

  5. Of Kayaks and Kingfishers

    26 Aug 2017
    From a few of the more recent posts, you might gather that I’ve been photographing quietly from a kayak I modified for the purpose.  Now, I’m a long time kayaker and one of the joys of the sport is seeing wildlife while paddling.  Sometimes that’s on remote Welsh rivers, sometimes…

  6. New Great Crested Grebes and a Heron

    20 Aug 2017
    Having acquired a new (old and decidedly second hand really) kayak recently and kitted it out a bit for photography I managed to get out a few time on a lake (‘flash’) on our local canal.  I’ve spent some ‘quality time’ drifting about quietly near a family of Great Crested…

  7. Summer swallows

    13 Aug 2017
    I was out on our local canal today.  More precisely on one of the ‘flashes’, with my camera.  (A flash, on our canal at least, is an area of open water or a small lake through which the canal passes.)   There were quite a lot of swallows around and I…

  8. Early harvest bounty

    29 Jul 2017
    The harvest time seems to be coming in early this year.  It’s not even the end of July, yet I’ve been seeing ripe blackberries on brambles for a couple of weeks and here is a photo of ripening and ripe elderberries.  Not so many of the ripe elderberries can be…

  9. A ‘banded young lady’…

    21 Jul 2017
    Granted, that title just doesn’t seem quite right.  Nevertheless, it stands because I posted about a ‘beautiful young lady’ (Beautiful Demoiselle) a couple of weeks back.  This one is the other Demoiselle damselfly we get in the UK; the Banded Demoiselle.  Fairly obviously the ‘banded’ relates to the dark band…

  10. Kestrels - But in Guernsey?

    17 Jul 2017
    If you scan back in my blog, you will find I’ve been trying to take some images of kestrels in my local area (Hampshire).  Unfortunately this has been a difficult gig for the reasons I’ve related in those posts. Consequently, I haven’t been wholly happy with the results so far…

  11. Damselflies Mating

    12 Jul 2017
    I’ve just added a new collection here featuring our Common Blue Damselfly exclusively in the act of mating and egg-laying.  These were all taken one languid afternoon last week at the same spot on our local canal.  I trust you enjoy.

  12. A beautiful young lady…

    10 Jul 2017
    Misleading title?  Not at all; the name is right if a bit anglicised.  We call this, possibly the most striking of our native damselflies, the ‘Beautiful Demoiselle’.  But you need to be a bit relaxed about gender identity here because, despite the charming and quirky name, this is most definitely…

  13. New dragonfly…

    18 Jun 2017
    I had a close encounter yesterday at my local nature reserve with one of our more splendid native dragonflies - the golden-ringed dragonfly.  These are big and bold dragonflies so they play firmly to my bias for wildlife.  Forget the ‘Africa safari Big 5’.  If you want to do a…

  14. A Hobby - One for the ‘life-list’…

    17 Jun 2017
    I’m not a proper birder, in a (very) small part because I don’t keep a ‘life-list’ of all the birds I’ve seen.  I’m just not a list kind of person - it’s hard enough keeping my photos tagged properly so I don’t get completely disorganised.  However, I do remember the…

  15. Orchids in the meadow…

    03 Jun 2017
    I don’t spend so much time on plants as animals.  I probably should but I’m, by inclination, more of a zoologist than botanist.  But, from time to time you spot something or, as happened on this occasion, it is pointed out to you by a fellow walker (thanks) that you…

  16. More robins - nesting this time…

    29 May 2017
    Something strange is happening in Hampshire.  I seem to be seeing an exuberance of robins at present.   Several weeks back, a pair of robins decided to nest in a pretty ‘robinish’ type of place.  A safe enclosed but airy and accessible barn that, in this case just happens to be…

  17. Bathing robins…

    07 May 2017
    The juvenile robins have been making great use of our garden.  Think its about two weeks since I first saw them and, at the moment, the parent or parents (it’s hard to tell if both are involved) are still feeding these two young birds away from the nest.   The juveniles…

  18. A new bathing pool and garden robins

    29 Apr 2017
    Through the winter I’ve been making much more of an effort to feed our resident garden birds.  I’ve also been giving them a wider variety of food than just say peanuts or the like.  This has had a significant effect on both the numbers and variety of birds visiting the…

  19. A tale of speed and being so near and yet…

    20 Apr 2017
    … still too far away; in a couple of ways that I will relate here Yesterday morning I took the dog for a walk.  It was a clear blue morning with a few light cumulus clouds and a slight, if surprisingly cool, gentle breeze.  As I often do, I took…

  20. Our common moorhen…

    18 Apr 2017
    It’s called the ‘common’ moorhen and it is.  You will often see it on lakes, ponds or slow rivers or canals and we rarely give it a second glance.  Possibly we overlook them because they are quite secretive and skulk at the edge of dense vegetation and will slip away…

  21. Experimenting with image (focus) stacking…

    11 Apr 2017
    (I’ve updated this post to include later results of using Helicon Focus as a comparison to Photoshop.) This is just a sharing of a first attempt at image stacking when taking macro photos to share with a friend and anyone else who finds it useful.   I took a series of…

  22. A fine spring day. What to do?

    02 Apr 2017
    Well obviously, on one of the first warm spring days of April, you spend the afternoon closeted in your bathroom Ok, so that is closeted in the bathroom with the camera mounted on the windowsill peering out into the garden watching the nesting blue tits come and go to the…

  23. Otters - first impressions

    27 Mar 2017
    I’ve just completed the first pass processing of the images from my otter watching trip to the Shetlands last week and have created an new gallery here.  I faced a minor dilemma on which menu area of the site to put them.  Originally, I was sure that otters should go…

  24. Shetland - Northern Lights

    23 Mar 2017
    One major surprise on my trip to the Shetlands this week was a great sighting go the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).  I’ve never seen them before and I didn’t think a short visit in March would give the opportunity but luck was definitely on my side this time.  It was…

  25. Keep a Lookout For…

    23 Mar 2017
    I’ve just got home from a trip up to the Shetland Isles where I’d been hoping to photograph and learn a lot more about Otters.  I’d heard that Shetland is a stronghold of otters in the UK but they are elusive and shy creatures so I joined Richard Shucksmith who…