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  1. Bird Ringing

    11 Mar 2017
    I’ve never seen birds being ringed before but morning I had the opportunity of going along to a bird ringing demonstration at a local nature reserve (Hazely Heath near Hartney Whitley).  The ringing was being done by trained volunteer bird ringers from the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology).  The BTO…

  2. Not so safe sex…

    10 Mar 2017
    Spring must definitely be in the air.  A couple of posts back I shared some photos of mating, Canada Goose style.  Today is more a lesson drawn from the ‘Handbook of Natural Selection’ about not getting too engrossed.   If you see toads or frogs this time of year there is…

  3. Little Egret

    10 Mar 2017
    Little Egrets are a relatively recent coloniser in the UK.  I never saw one as a child and I can’t quite remember the first I saw in the UK but they have become steadily more common in the south of England to the point where they are a moderately common…

  4. Not Drowning but Mating*

    01 Mar 2017
    Earlier this week I was out at our wildlife reserve pond when I caught a sequence of shots of this pair of Canada Geese in a courtship display followed by them mating just a little way off shore.  You might mistake this display and mating for a fight between two…

  5. Doh - Check those settings…

    28 Feb 2017
    Today, as usual, I took the dog out for a walk and, again as usual*, picked up the camera just in case ‘anything cropped up’.  Unfortunately, I didn’t thoroughly check all the settings.  For sure, I checked the exposure settings (aperture mode,  and ISO to keep the shutter speed up…

  6. Growing activity and a photographer’s frustrations

    06 Feb 2017
    It’s early February and it’s noticeable that wildlife activity is picking up in the local woods and meadows.  The herons are beginning to reoccupy the best nest sites in the heronry, there is more birdsong, I’ve got blue tits occupying a nest box outside my bedroom window and I’m seeing…

  7. Feeding garden birds in the winter…

    10 Jan 2017
    Each year I put up feeders in the garden and endeavour to keep them topped up, especially through the cold spells and when I’m going to be away.  The garden has a strong ‘community’ of grey squirrels so I have to make sure I only use (expensive and sophisticated) “squirrel-proof”…

  8. Flying a Kite (& Happy Christmas)

    24 Dec 2016
    We are just past the shortest day and the sun stays frustratingly low (just 15 degrees at it’s highest right now) and correspondingly weak.  That makes for short daylight hours long shadows and mostly low shutter speeds!  When the sun comes out, you really do want to take advantage.   Many…

  9. Fallow morning

    15 Nov 2016
    On Monday I had to pay a visit to Leicester.  That’s a two and a half hour drive each way assuming the M3, M25 and M1 are actually moving.  However, it gave me the chance to drop by one of my favourite spots of Bradgate park just north of the…

  10. Wildcat?

    11 Nov 2016
    Well, let’s be honest, no.  These couple of pictures are not of a Wildcat but a common domestic cat.  This afternoon, I was out seeing if anything cropped up when I spotted this tabby moving quietly and stealthily on the opposite bank of the canal.  It was tracking several ducks…

  11. Brownsea Island

    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, our…

  12. Vultures - Critically Endangered…

    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…

  13. Botswana - now complete…

    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…

  14. The big one…

    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…

  15. Lots more…

    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…

  16. Genets and Lions

    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.  

  17. Photography Gear for an African Safari.

    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…

  18. More Botswana…

    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…

  19. Jewel of the Delta

    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…

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

    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.  

  21. Botswana 2016…

    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…

  22. Ratty?

    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…

  23. Colour or Monochrome?

    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…

  24. Moorhen vs Crayfish

    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…

  25. Heron stalking

    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…