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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Searchin

I have been so busy getting the house and garden ready for the winter I hav'nt had a lot of time for photography, but as there seems to be a shortage of small birds around at the moment what time I have had I have been searching the surrounding countryside for my favourite animal, namely, the badger. I have had several sightings and discovered a couple of old sets so I am on the right track. In the meantime I have been experimenting with taking photographs in very low light and I have been amazed at the results. The above shot of the heron it was so dark I would normally not have attempted the photo but with a bit of help from photoshop this was the result.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Black tailed godwit and friends.

 I went for a walk by the river this evening and got the surprise of my life. I was the last thing I expected to see. Black tailed godwits  feeding in the shallows.
 They were some distance away so these are the best shots that I could manage. My camera set up with converters was equal to about 1500mm and hand held I took many shots knowing that the law of averages would give me something worth keeping.
 I took about 150 shots and had 9 of them OK. Couldn't do that in the days of film.
On the far bank well out of range for anything decent was this group of gadwall (I think) with a pair of snipe and a couple of lapwings, all seem to be enjoying each others company. Not bad for a 10 minute stroll.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Herons

The herons on our village pond are quite used to the traffic noise and passers-by and so are very obliging when it comes to being photographed. I don't know why they are called grey herons because these are most certainly blue.
Strange pose of this one, it had spotted a goldfish,(there are several in the pond) and he appeared to get annoyed with it. By the angle of its foot I thought it might going to stamp on it.
With the angle of the setting sun reflecting off the water gave the appearance of an actor in front of the stage footlights.
This one is an actor playing the part of a swan.

Friday, 12 August 2016

The village pond

 Encouraged by the earlier walks I did the same this evening and on the way I passed the village pond and spotted a family of young coots .
 On one of the posts surrounding the pond a young green woodpecker sat motionless thinking I hadn't seen him. He was still there when I left to go home.
Standing guard over the pond stood a young heron keeping a watchful eye on the other  youngsters.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

New set up

 Numerous troubles that I have had computer-wise have now gone thanks to a genius and the parting of a three figure sum. I spent a little time exploring other parts of my new patch. I have plenty of ponds and rivers around me that have a variety of wildlife.
 They a good feeding area's for lapwings and egrets.
 And of course the rabbit is everywhere.
Deciding to give the peregrines a rest for a while I tried a local sand pit some miles away from the nest and to my surprise the first thing that I saw was the male peregrine with a kill.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

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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 spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I get many of my raptor pics. Warnham LNR (on the outskirts of Horsham) and Chesworth Farm are two of my local haunts. 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.