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  1. Brownsea Island

    Date 27 Oct 2016
    I took the opportunity today of doing something I haven’t done before.  I went down to Brownsea Islan to watch and photograph Red Squirrels.  Autumn is firmly here and with it misty mornings, trees turning to russet and nuts galore.  Perfect for squirrels.   The challenge is, in the UK,…

  2. Vultures - Critically Endangered…

    Date 18 Oct 2016
    Last week I was finishing off the Botswana journey pages when I decided, really as a bit of an afterthought, to give Vultures their own gallery rather than just bundle them in with a number of other savannah birds.  My reason at the time was that they both made a…

  3. Botswana - now complete…

    Date 13 Oct 2016
    It turned out to be a much greater undertaking than I’d intended but the section on the Botswana Journey is now (probably) complete.  It amounts to 29 galleries, some 90 species of animals and about 325 photos!   Quite a few further galleries have been added below the last blogged section on…

  4. The big one…

    Date 06 Oct 2016
    Well, I could avoid it no longer.  I just had to get the last of the ‘big 5’ onto the Botswana 2016 journey.  With over 1600 photos of Elephants, it was quite a task to select a representative sample.  I hope you enjoy these ones.  You can jump straight to…

  5. Lots more…

    Date 29 Sep 2016
    It’s been a bit busy here both working but also trying to finish off the Botswana Trip.  So busy that I’ve not really been able to pick up a camera since my return.  So, since the last post you will find more galleries covering: Rollers, Warthogs, Buffalo, Storks, African Fish Eagle,…

  6. Genets and Lions

    Date 25 Sep 2016
    Momentum building again with a nocturnal Genet and near nocturnal Lions (two sets) making it onto the site today.  You can find then from the Botswana page here.  

  7. Photography Gear for an African Safari.

    Date 19 Sep 2016
    Now, I’m not a veteran of the safari circuit.  One trip over 25 years ago and a second recently hardly qualifies.  Nevertheless, I have travelled quite a a lot with camera gear and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the gear to take because of the both the increasing difficulty…

  8. More Botswana…

    Date 19 Sep 2016
    Over the weekend, I completed the sorting, sifting and tagging of my Botswana trip photos.  That means I can now find things quickly amongst the several thousand remaining images.  So the pace of posting to the Journey page here has speeded up.  I’ve just added sections on Leopards, Kingfishers and Herons (but Egrets…

  9. Jewel of the Delta

    Date 09 Sep 2016
    While I was trying to sort through some thousands of photos and get them into some semblance of order, I couldn’t resist putting up this post.   Here are a couple of Malachite Kingfishers.  These are really small birds, about 14cm long.  That makes then quite a bit smaller than our…

  10. ‘Journeys’ - a new section for the site

    Date 07 Sep 2016
    I’ve just added a new section to the site menus that allows me to better publish collected photos from different journeys.  Only one journey (Botswana Safari 2016) for the moment but I’ll be adding a good many photos to that trip over coming weeks.  

  11. Botswana 2016…

    Date 06 Sep 2016
    I’ve just got back this morning from a 17 day trip to Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Most of the time we spent on an extended safari through the Okavango region of Botswana.  A quite extraordinary journey and a real eye-opener.   As I am now faced with something of a ‘pile’…

  12. Ratty?

    Date 17 Aug 2016
    Well no, if you love the Wind in The Willows, Ratty the water rat was actually a water vole.  These are pretty hard to find now in the UK but you can see a picture of one here.  But the rat featured here is a true rat.  The brown rat or Rattus…

  13. Colour or Monochrome?

    Date 11 Aug 2016
    I’ve been out again photographing herons along the canal… But this time I thought I’d post something different.   Herons are striking monochrome birds; pretty much that is apart from those striking yellow eyes. I decided to process some in black and white.  Take your pick.  I find it quite difficult…

  14. Moorhen vs Crayfish

    Date 05 Aug 2016
    I was out today, ostensibly looking for herons, when I came across something that I’d never seen before… Yes, a common-a-garden moorhen carrying a (dead) crayfish. The moorhen took the crayfish to a slightly submerged log where it tried to make a meal of it before deciding an exposed and…

  15. Heron stalking

    Date 03 Aug 2016
    Herons are a bit of a reoccurring theme for me.  I’ve many photos of nesting herons and flying herons but few decent photos of herons stalking and hunting except at a substantial distance.  The reason is pretty simple.  These may be big birds and they are noisy and bold with each other at heronries…

  16. The Puffins of Skomer Island

    Date 15 Jul 2016
    I’ve just got back from Skomer Island.  Now, Skomer Island has been on my ‘must visit’ list for some time.  At the start of this year I put it firmly on the ‘this year list’ but it had to be in nesting time for the puffins.  Prime time is June and July.  June…

  17. Watching Kingfishers

    Date 11 Jul 2016
    Kingfishers are stunningly beautiful but elusive birds.  About the most you can usually hope for is a sight of small electric blue bird perched at a distance.  Often as not, you might just see no more than the streak of that blue as you accidentally startle one while you walk along the bank of a river.  I’ve had…

  18. Sparrowhawk update.

    Date 08 Jul 2016
    It turned out I’d rather underestimated how close the sparrowhawk chicks were to fledging.  Although sporting quite a lot of down then spent a lot of time preening and there were clouds of down being pulled out and floating about.  Within a day of first seeing them, two of the…

  19. Sparrowhawk - short video clip

    Date 05 Jul 2016
    An experiment that I thought I’d share.  This is a slight departure from my still photography, I tried a little video work with my DSLR (Nikon D500).  Reason being that this nest is quite obscured but a fair bit of action goes on in the nest and I wanted to see…

  20. Sparrowhawk nesting…

    Date 03 Jul 2016
    I’ve had a suspicion that we had a pair of sparrowhawks nesting in a particular area of woodland nearby.  Mainly because I’d had several sightings in this one particular area.  A week ago I spent a couple of hours watching the area but, though I saw an adult bird I…

  21. Yesterday, 100 years ago…

    Date 02 Jul 2016
    … and about 180 miles away from where I live, across the southern downlands of England, the English Channel ( La Manche - vive la difference) and northern France, and just north of a marshy languid river called the Somme occurred the worst day of fighting ever suffered by the British army.  On the 1st July…

  22. When the grass is as high as a Green Woodpecker’s eye

    Date 26 Jun 2016
    We are now firmly into the English summer now, past the summer solstice and the days are getting shorter again.  I thought I’d post this photo of a green woodpecker.  Why?  Well, right now, the green woodpeckers are pretty much invisible.  The meadow grass is now approaching two feet high…

  23. Raising offspring part 2…

    Date 05 Jun 2016
    In the last post, I talked about the predation of a Long Tailed Tit’s nest that I’d been watching and commented that it was tough raising young.  Roll forward six weeks and I was getting into my car to go to work when I spotted the unmistakable sight of another Long…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…