Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Blood Moon

I forgot all about the eclipse of the moon when I took Jacque out for an evening walk. As we walked through a local woodland and came to a gap in the canopy this is what we saw. Luckily I always carry my camera and this was the result. I decided not to sit up for half the night for pictures of the actual eclipse so I settled for the 'blood moon'.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Animals on my patch.

I was sitting in the car the other day watching some goldfinches when in my rear view mirror I saw what appeared to be a leaf blowing down the road. There was no wind and this leaf seemed to be travelling uphill. I forgot about the goldfinches and turned my camera onto this leaf. To my surprise it was a shrew, I have seen them before but never running down the middle of the road. It fell over once or twice and looked dazed. I can only imagine that it had been stunned in some way and wasn't sure what time of the day it was.

My new patch seems to be paying off. This evening I spent an hour looking around and sighted buzzard, barn owl, little owl none close enough for my camera. Out of the woods about 400metres away came this pair of  fallow deer.

I watched them for some minutes as they came closer. They appear to be mum and son. They soon spotted me and disappeared back into the woods.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Preparing for the Rut

Whose that doing all the mud slinging?

Putting his make-up on thinking its going to attract a lady.

Far too much, he will have to take some of that off before he comes near me.

I suppose I'd better do as the lady says.

Hows that? I think this is my best side.

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.