Tuesday, 15 August 2017

On a high.

Having had various troubles with computer workings, plus (still going on), camera problems  I was getting a bit fed-up. Four years ago I lost the hearing in my left ear because of an infection which was diagnosed too late and was now suffering a similar fate in my right ear, this time it was diagnosed early before too much damage was done but I still needed a hearing aid. Well after waiting eight months for it, today I got it and to celebrate I took my camera out for a walk.
I found this buzzard a couple of days ago just a short distance from my home. He seems to like having his photo taken. These pictures were taken on a camera that Sony's said they were unable to repair as parts were no longer available. I took it to a little shop I know who repaired it for me in 5 minutes with no charge.
They told me that they don't charge for tightening a screw.
This little fellow made my day. With my hearing aid duly fitted I heard it on the fence behind me. I had not seen a whitethroat for about 4 years. A few days off my 80th birthday and it all seems worthwhile.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Peregrines growing up

I havn't paid many visits to the peregrine family for a few weeks because of computer and camera troubles which I may cover on a different post. As you can see their plumage is changing colour and they are beginning to look more mature.
There were four chicks, since fledging two seem to have moved off some distance and are not seen that often while the other two have moved from the nest site and prefer to roost in some tall trees. All are being harder to find. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Playing peregrines

 I love this time of the year when the young peregrines are learning to fly and enjoy the art in the form of play.
 Turning summersaults is quickly learned and is done frequently.
 Playing tag is another popular pastime.
 Spitfire pilots during WW2 learned this from peregrines. Attack from below and catch the 'enemy' by surprise.
Well, it nearly always works.
Now they are playing foursomes. I didn't get many chances of capturing all four youngsters in one shot.
Quite a common sight is of a peregrine upside down.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Barn owls

Having computer problems over the past week has delayed me somewhat with my blog post but it did not stop my ventures with my camera, as I am up and running now here are some of the pictures I took.
The barn owl is first on the list, it will give me time to sort out the peregrine shots.
The barn owl shows up quite often now and is getting used to my presence. The young peregrines don't like it hunting on their patch and will often drive it off. I am yet to get a picture of this event, I've always got the wrong lens on or I am looking the wrong way.
The barn owl is slow on the wing and is a bird easy to photograph with many different postures when hunting.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Active peregrines

With a bit of luck going my way I was able to get closer to the peregrine nest site than I ever had before and still didn't get out of the car. This youngster was wasn't sure of his next move.......
.....eventually he decided to clamber up the chalk face albeit with some diffculty.
Mum was calling them, probably for their tea.....
.... this one also heard her but he was having fun playing hide-and-seek.
 Dad wasn't the least bit interested.....
.....and decided to fly off and do his own thing.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

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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.