Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The sun shines again

 The sun shone but it was cold when I decided to have a look at Warnham. When I've had spare
 moments over the past few days the weather wasn't good so I took the opportunity this afternoon for
 more practice with my new camera. The capabilties of it I still find remarkable. This shot of the
 cormorant, it was about 50 metres away, hand-held 500m lens with only 1/50th of a second to
 play with. I was delighted with the result.
Shortly after as the sun dropped I found this shoveller. I thought it looked good in the low light but
it has turned out better than I thought. The slow shutter speed has given the sunlight on the water a
magical effect.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Kingfisher again

With the sun emerging this afternoon I went to the reserve earlier than usual to see if I could
catch a kingfisher on the post before the shadow from the hide covered it. I was rewarded 
almost immediately when junior arrived. I had the hide to myself for twenty minutes or so as 
she had her tea. 
     Didn't have too much trouble finding herself a snack.
She looks quite smug with herself after her tea. She left soon after and didn't return in the
next hour when I left after spending that time in the company of a couple of friends which I
hadn't seen for some time. So, Sue and Bill, this is what you missed.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mum kingfisher

With the rain coming to an end and the sun shining I went for my walk on the reserve today.
After three weeks of watching the youngsters Mum decided to turn up this afternoon. As soon 
as she arrived she caught supper and it had gone before I had chance to get the camera
pointing in her direction.
Unlike the youngsters she prefered to sit in the tree overhanging the water. There were three 
kingfishers about today but Mum was the only one to come near the hide.

Kingfisher in the sun

 Not having seen the kingfisher for couple of days I took a walk at Warnham LNR and 
enjoy the autumn sunshine, and the sun did shine on the kingfisher. She (I am now
sure that it is a juvenile female) visited the posts several times and allowed me to take 
several  hundred shots of which these are a couple of the best.
 She looked at her best in the sunshine,
Got a bit ruffled after a quick dip.
This shot although it is nowhere near perfect is my pride and joy. This one 
celebrates my 76th year, hand-held with my trusty 500m F4 Sigma (18 years old) and
weighing in at about 3kilos. Hefty old lump and it makes my arms ache a bit but I don't
go anywhere without it.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Serious addiction

 This is getting serious, I can't seem to stop photographing kingfishers. This post it is on is on the far
 bank of the pond which is one of its favourite perches, often sitting there unnoticed, needing
 binoculars to see it.
 There are five posts stretching away from the hide, this is the third and quite within range of my 500m lens.
This is the second post. at this point it starts getting twitchy and doesn't stay for long. Rarely does
sit on the first post which is only three metres from the hide, when it does it never stay's more
 than a few seconds and any movement or noise and it is gone.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


You must be getting fed up with my kingfisher pictures but this
one I couldn't resist posting. The camera was accidently on the
wrong setting and it needed a bit of tweaking in P.S. to get any
sort of result.

A young heron flew straight towards me before veering away.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Heron and Kingfisher

That elusive kingfisher. This is the nearest I got to him today. Lots
of sightings but just didn't sit still long enough for a shot.

This heron was much more obliging standing in just the right
spot to make the shot a bit more pleasing.

On the way out of the reserve I had a quick look in kingfisher
hide and caught this heron standing guard on the tern raft.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Badgers on my patch

I am starting to get the hang of my infra-red camera and it is getting results. I haven't had much luck over the past few days, the weather has been bad and the ground has been waterlogged, but last night it was dry so I set the camera up and look what I got, a heavily pregnant female and an hour later a handsome male came for a feed.
They both came back a couple of hours later to finish off the peanuts but strangely not together. Haritz of said that badgers like honey so I am preparing a little treat for them. I found some owl pellets both containing the remains of voles so my next job is to put up some posts that the owls can use as perches. There is an absense of trees and bushes so I am hoping to do something about that over the coming weeks.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Red Kites

Red kites are very photogenic no matter what they are doing.

Red kite feeding on the wing. This habit has developed over the years of living close to man. I am posting these couple of pictures while I wait patiently for my trail cameras to arrive. I have putting small piles of seed around the site and in the morning there is not a trace to be seen. Because there is a known presence of both tawny and barn owls with buzzards and kites often seen in the area leads me believe that the site is heavily populated with small rodents such as voles and field mice. I shall soon know when the cameras arrive.

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.