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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Peregrine check

With the sunshine of today I took a drive round all my usual haunts but as the norm I found nothing. I ended up at the peregrine spot and there they were sitting on the cliff face and by the debris around their feet (mostly feathers) I imagined they had just had a large meal of wood pigeon. My access to the site is limited at this time of the year so this was the best shot that I could get. Still, it is nice to know that they are together and soon I shall see a bit more activity.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

1st Foray of 2018

I know its not much to shout about but over the last year I havn't had much time to myself and when I had the weather was against me. Today the sun shone and I had an hour to myself so I took a little trip down to see if the peregrines were about. No such luck, the fields were flooded after the recent storms and it was very quiet.
Sitting quietly in the car waiting for something to happen just about to nod off when a heron decided to emerge from the reeds. With the wind still strong I really didn't expect to see much. It was the first time that I had seen this field flooded. Not much but it made my day.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2017 Not a good year

 On the whole I was disapointed with my photography during '17. Family illness and my age became a bit of a handicap and I wasn't able to get about as much as I used to. Knowing spots where I could find old friends meant that I could sit in the car and hang the camera out of the window. I have been amazed what happens in a quiet spot on the side of the road. This badger is fed by the occupants of a cottage just a few yards off the carriage way and does not seem to mind snuffling around my car.
This barn owl was around quite a bit at the beginning of the year but was chased off a lot by the young peregrines when they became airworthy.
Like the badger this fox was quite happy as long as I stayed in the car.
 The bullfinch was photographed through my living room window. A rare visitor never to be seen again.
 Great grey shrike, first sighting in my life, again photographed from the drivers seat in my car. Ten minutes later it had gone.
The peregrines were the highlight as far as I was concerned, always entertaining. Always around and  doing something. This is one of the four youngsters bred this year just before he left to make his own way in the world. I never go anywhere without a camera.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I wish all my friends and fellow bloggers a Merry Christmas and a succesful New Year

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

At Last

 With my age catching up on me I can't walk to the best places locally to get wildlife to photograph so most of it is done from or very near to the car. I stopped at one of my haunts on the side of the road hoping to see an owl or similar hunting for its evening meal. I saw this fox sitting in the field not 50 metres away.
Well within the range of my lens I took a few shots before deciding to abandon ship and take a closer look. To my surprise he ignored me and carried on snuffling about in the grass.
 Even when I got to the gate he seemed not to worry about my closeness. In fact he started studying me and took a great interest in what I was doing.
We spent about 30 minutes watching each other before he decided he was not going to get his supper hanging about watching me and departed. I took over 100 photo's and spent most of the evening sorting them.

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.