Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Surprise surprise !

 Being a nice afternoon again I went for a drive to get used to my new car and as always took my camera with me. I am a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to my transport, everything must be perfect.
 and so it gets a good check over. I pulled of the road to see if everything under the bonnet was as it should be and glancing over the hedge this is what I saw.
A pair of egyptian geese lounging on the grass as if they owned the place. I have seen them before in wetland centres but never on a farmers field with sheep grazing

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Small fry

 Another glorious evening I just had to go out in the cold and see what I could find. On the way to see the peregrines I spotted this little shape in the long grass some 40m off the side of the road. I stopped the car and took this shot through the window at which the bird took off it was then I recognised it as a kestrel.
I sat in the car and waited for a few minutes and luckily for me it returned and sat on a branch in the open.
 The light was fading fast and I was able to get a few shots off before it went altogether.
This made a nice change from peregrines, buzzards and kites.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Even better day

 Again the sun shone and I could not resist another visit to the peregrines. This time I managed to get much closer and was rewarded with two real posers. The female was a little shy at first but soon settled down.
 She then sat quite happily for me. Showing me her best side.

 After a while she began to get a bit agitated and decided to go for a little flight.
 Not often do I get the chance of a shot taking off.
Meanwhile dad sat on a rock nearby totally ignoring the antics of his lady.
If only I could get a little closer, at the momemt I am using a combination on the camera equal to about 1500mm.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Good day with the peregrines

 A beautiful afternoon I thought I would pay the peregrines a visit. When I got there it was all quiet with the female sitting gazing out over the fields.
 The male suddenly arrived with much noise and landed on a ledge beneath her. She immediately flew to join him.
 There was a lot of squabbling over the next few minutes as they argued over a tiny morsel.
 I never did see who won the prize but it was some time after much flapping about before things calmed down with the male coming off worst.
When I left it was all peaceful and behaving as though nothing had happened.


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Vanishing hedgehog ?

I read a letter in the Daily Mail the other day about the decline of the hedgehog. The fox was blamed as the predator and the letter writer had witnessed foxes killing and eating our little spiney friends. I am glad to say there were follow-up letters denouncing this and giving the true reasons, such as the loss of hedgerows, concreting and paving of gardens, over-use of insecticides and rat poisons. In gardens such as mine they thrive. Almost every night through-out the year several visit my garden, my infra-red cameras have recorded thousands of  such visits and often, as the picture shows, they share the food with the foxes, they have no fear of the fox and often eat together. The most that I have recorded is 2 foxes and 3 hedgehogs on the lawn together at any one time. I am considering buying some up-to-date infra-red equipment and get some really good pictures. Badgers are a bit of a problem for the hog as they can unfurl it when it rolls into a ball in defence. Fortuneately badgers don't come into my garden.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

My photo
Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.