Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hedgehog in the garden

I have been a little concerned over the past few days on the whereabouts of 'Harry'. The animals that frequent our gardens seem to have gone, this includes the bats, wood mice and even a neighbouring cat. I need not of worried though as last night it returned to normal and my fears of 'wrong doing' were unfounded.
Harry turned up early and devoured his tit-bits before the slugs had a chance.
The day before several of us sat in tern hide and were treated to some close-ups of a common sandpiper and a kingfisher that spent most of the time hiding in the undergrowth.
This was the only opportunity I got of a decent shot before it dissappeared again.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bullying heron

As a volunteer and therefor a frequent visitor to Warnham LNR in Horsham I get to notice the habits of some of the wildlife. The herons do make demmands and are very much bullys when it comes to others sitting on their fishing perches and are often seen pushing their weight around.
Then after succeeding in gaining control of the situation they promptly nod off.
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Busy kingfisher

 This sequence of pictures were taken in less than a minute as a kingfisher arrived on his post for duty. The light was again poor so a lot of the pictures were deleted..
 Spied a fish and took off to make the catch.
 Successfully caught its prey and returned to his post to enjoy the meal.
Sits smuggly on his post waiting for for his dessert to come along.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Bad light nearly stopped play

 Once again when the kingfishers performed the light was poor but with a bit of messing about in photoshop I was able to do a pretty good rescue job.
These shots were taken on three different trips to the post. I got them in the usual way of focusing on the post and waiting for the bird to fly into shot. One eye on the viewfinder and the other watching the bird.
I was lucky enough to get this one after catching a fish. One day the light will be perfect and I will get perfection.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Kingfisher reflections

After the storm this afternoon I had a little time to spare so I dropped in at Warnham LNR to see if I could snap anything up. Sitting in tern hide with nothing happening several people that were there soon left and left me to my own company. A kingfisher came by and settled on the post and within seconds another decided it was his turn for the fishing post.
A scrap ensued and I grabbed a few shots before they both flew off. The fight scenes were poor by my standards so they were deleted but I kept these two of  one bird leaving the battle zone.

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.