Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Bewicks bath time

 I have said before that my advancing years became a huge handicap for my photography. Most of my photographs are taken from or very near to my car. I now visit the WWT Arundel where I can enjoy a coffee with my camera in the warmth of  the centre. Some of the birds have their wing clipped but many are visiters and are free to come and go as they wish. I am looking forward to the winter migrants to visit.
 In the meantime I content myself with photographing the Bewicks. I have done this before with wild ones many years ago but never got pictures like these.
Bath time over, now it can  show just what a beautiful bird this is. I was a huge fan of Sir Peter Scott many years ago and Iam a great admirer of his work. He offered me a job over 60 years ago but declined as it was too far for me travel. Looking back I wish I had accepted it.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Bewick swan

 A visit to the Wetlands earlier was not very fruitful, no small wild birds which are usually in abundance. So I had to be satisfied with the imports. The bewick swan is a favourite of mine and the pair at the wetlands love the camera.
 I have photographed them in the wild but never this close. They migrate and spend the winter just a few miles away but to get this opportunity for portraits is too good to miss.
This bird was less than 2 metres away and posed for me quite gladly.

Monday, 26 August 2019

I'm going bats.

 I have spent a lot of time over the past few months searching for the wildlife that has disappeared from my neighborhood. The hedgehogs have gone, the foxes are rarely seen, barn owls, all the small garden birds, red kites that have been seen over my house, all gone. Because I have not been up to it the garden has fallen into a bit of  a wild area this has resulted in many wild flowers growing on the lawn, which in turn has attracted the insects. This summer we have grasshoppers, crickets loads of butterflies and moths and now we have bats every evening. This has given me a new area for my photography. These two photo's are my first attempt at capturing movement with the aid of flash. I am not a lover of flash but I can see a good use for it. I can now sit in my garden in the evening and enjoy my photography again. Not my best photo's but I have the will to improve.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Fallow deer

 Where I live in Sussex there is an abundance of deer and local to me we have many fallow deer.
 It has always amazed me on the many colours they are found in. This is mum and offspring.
This is the dark variety of which there are large herds present. As usual all of these pictures were taken from my car.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Infra-red camera

 Been busy at home with not much energy left at the end of the day I have resorted to what is going on in the garden. This is Beatie seems more interested in the smell of the flowers than his supper.
This is a younger fox. You can see in the background the hedgehog dining room with one having its evening meal.
This is Beatie again, always last to leave having made sure there is no food left.

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.