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Monday, 11 August 2014

My garden animals

After the demise of my private nature reserve for reasons beyond my control I had several infra-red cameras sitting around unused. As I knew that we had a wood mouse living in our shed I thought I would set the cameras up and see what I could get. Because I live in a ground floor flat with a miniscule garden I did not expect much. I had seen the wood mouse in daylight so it was no surprise to see this little fellow tucking into the peanuts left for him.
 This young fox had to jump the fence to get into the garden attracted by the smell of the peanuts and mouse no doubt. He now calls quite often.
The hedgehog was the biggest surprise. We had a new garden gate fitted some time ago which
had quite a sizable gap under it which allowed this hedgehog access to the garden and the food. Again, he is now a regular visitor.
I wonder what the chances are of a badger paying a visit?

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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.