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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.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Oyster catcher

The camera hasn't been very rewarding lately. The field where I usually watch a barn owl was used as an overspill car park for a local museum, the grass was flattened and therefor the voles scarpered and left nothing for the owls. The foxes still visit the garden but I don't fancy sitting up till 3 in the morning on the off-chance of a shot. I did pop down to the wetlands for coffee one day and got this shot from one of the hides of an oyster catcher hiding in amongst the daisies. It now sits on one of my birthday cards, hoping that it sells well.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Still keeping busy

With my age is creeping up on me and I am not so avtive as I would like to be. Nevertheless some of my wildlife visits me in my garden. With my infra-red cameras I can go to bed at night and let my visitors photograph themselves and I can study the results in the morning. This is Beatie the fox a regular caller for his supper..
I get out in the car on some nice evenings and I have a favourite spot where I can sit in the car and photograph through the drivers window and you would be surprised at some of the creatures I get. This barn owl is one of a pair. I think they have young nearby, so I have my fingers crossed.
From the same spot as the barn owl I look out the other side and I and I have this steep chalk cliff the remains of a quarry and high up near the top is the nest site of a pair of peregrines. I am not sure whether they have been successful this year so my fingers are crossed for that one too.

This is the male, he's getting quite used to me, although he is a long way off.
I got both male and female in this shot and I didn't notice the wood pidgeon fly across but the male peregrine certainly did. Lucky wood pidgeon.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Still looking

I am being tormented at the moment. EE and BT cannot make up their minds on whose fault it was when I was cut off for over a week because of a loose wire in a box down the road from me. I lost my internet, my home phone and safe-link which is very important for Jacque's welfare. On top of that I have to drive a couple of miles from my home to get a signal on my mobile. Not even a letter of apology. On top of this the hedgehogs have been driven away by the people next door, builders a hundred yards away from me have cut down trees that shaded the site they were working on which has disturbed the birds nesting and on top of all this my village has been classed as one of the most polluted places in the country. No wonder there is a lack of wildlife here, except of course the peregrines who never seem to let me down.

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.