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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fallow deer

These are fallow deer, a variety  which is quite common in the area in which I live. They can vary in colour from white through stages of brown to black. We have all colours here in Sussex.
While I was viewing a newly found heronry I was being watched by these two. Normally fallow deer are found in herds but these two seem to prefer each others company.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Peregrins mating

 I know I said I would leave the peregrines alone for a while but I paid a visit yesterday afternoon just to check everything was OK. As always my camera was in the car and I was treated to close ups of peregrine mating. I won't bore you with all the pictures I took.
 The female sat in a tree waiting and watching for the male to return.
When he did they both flew up to a ledge and in two minutes it was all over.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Peregrines

 I know I said I would lay off the peregrines for a while but I am having a bit of camera trouble so I visited the peregrines to do some test shots. I am glad I did because these are what I got. This first shot you can really see the difference in size between the male and female.
Over 100m away and he heard the camera click.
 I think he had something on his mind sitting for quite some time with one talon in the air.
I shall now give them a rest  for a bit and give them a chance to breed.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Peregrines again

I promise no more peregrines for a while unless I get something really good. You can't blame me when you have got such a magnificent bird so close to home sometimes flying over it. I just had to post these pics as this is the closest I have got so far.
Still not sure which is which. I think this is the male looking up at the female. Please correct me if I am wrong.

More peregrines

The camera set up that I use for these shots is equal to about 30X magnification or a lens of about 1470mm.
It takes a bit of getting used to. For the the static shots I rest the set up on the roof of the car or on the window ledge if I am inside. The flight shots are hand held. I rarely use a tripod or monopod so there is a bit of luck involved and a lot of pics are discarded.
The birds are so far away they are difficult to see with the naked eye, I estimate about 200m. I am hoping to get a lot nearer.
Checking on another nest site a metre or so from the last one.


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 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.