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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Barn owls

A few years ago I was told of the barn owls were nesting at Pulborough Brooks in a special box in the roof of the building. This was  my first encounter and photo's of this photogenic bird.
I was keen to see more and found this one near Selsey but alas it was my only siting. After several visits I never saw it again.
But not giving up that easily I scoured the countryside and was amazed how successful I was in the number of nest sites I found. Some were less than a mile from my home.
I became addicted to photographing barn owls and was out every afternoon and evening visiting local sites with my camera. They are a creature of habit and have favourite haunts so in fact you can just sit and wait for them to turn up.
Soon you become something that the owl gets used to and accepts you as the norm and will ignore you. I have had one that used to fly to me and sit on a post and watch me.
Low light photography seems to enhance the pictures.
 Because of their slow wing beat and movement through the air they become easy to get good action shots.
Will often sit and pose.
This was taken early evening just as the sun was setting.
Conditions and timing was the same for this shot.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Bosham Harbour

Oyster catcher
A trip down to Bosham was the order of the day. Jacque feeling better so I decided to take her out to lunch. A place that would suit us both was Bosham. We could have lunch in a cafe sitting by the window overlooking the water.  There were a couple of hundred brent geese on the mud as the tide was out which was good for me as there would be plenty of waders around.
A bar-tailed godwit in its winter plumage of which there were several.
Curlews came quite close enabling me to get plenty of photo's as they fed.

Walk by the pond.

A dozen or so shelduck arrived on the pond this evening and started arguing over a female like men do. 
 Quite a brawl soon kicked off with several pairs failing to settle their differences'
 Meanwhile in one corner a pair of shovellers didn't take any notice and carried on with their evening feed.
A pair of  fallow deer became quite alarmed by the commotion and soon left to find a more peaceful spot.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Three firsts

 House sparrow 1st one seen in my garden since I moved in 12 months ago.
 Again, Bullfinch 1st in my garden. Poor shot taken through my bedroom window.
Again, 1st nuthatch to visit.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Peregrine catch-up

 On the way home the other evening I spotted this peregrine sitting in a tree quite close to where I live. I then thought I would pay them a visit to see if they were OK.
 This evening as the sun was shining I paid them a call and sure enough there they were enjoying the evening sun.
The male seemed to be looking straight at me but as I was shooting from inside the car at a range of over 200m he probably had his eye on something else.
The female was occupied on doing a bit of manicuring as females do.
I just wish it were possible to get closer.

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.