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Monday, 22 September 2014

Kingfishers

                                               The male going down with his eye on a fish.
                                                         Coming back up empty handed.
                                      While the female entertained me with some aero-acrobatics.
I must apologise for the past week I've had trouble replying to and making comments. I hope that I have got it all sorted out now.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Hedgehogs and Kingfishers

With me not feeling up to much over the past week or so I have limited my adventures to the wildlife in my garden. Today I felt more energetic and dosing myself with a few pills I took myself off over to Warnham LNR to see how the works are progressing. A major operation is under way to improve the water flow through the reserve with improvements nature wise .Hopefully the work will be completed early next year and both visitors and the wildlife will reap the benefits.
Harry having a wander around the garden in front of one of my infra-red cameras.
 I thought that with all the heavy machinery in use that it may upset the wildlife but no, it seems to have made no difference at all. Plenty of activity with two kingfishers dashing around the lake with this male catching a fish and chosing to sit on a branch that Jake only cleared for him a few days ago.
Well done Jake, the view is perfect.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Fox in my garden

 With old age creeping up on me and not being so energetic as in my younger days my field trips are not so frequent as I would like, so a lot of my photography is being limited to my small garden. I have several infra-red cameras which are being put to good use just to see what goes on during the hours of darkness. Besides the wood mouse and hedgehog this young dog fox comes quite regular. Mostly after dark but on this occasion visited just after 6.00am.
After a quick check to make sure the coast was clear he finished up the meal worms that had been left for the hedgehog.

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.