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.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

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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.