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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Getting back in the groove

WREN
Since getting back on my feet Jacque's problems reared their ugly heads once again. January, we've
had 4 trips to the doctors and one emergency trip to the hospital at 3.30 am. which included a stop
by the police, but she's home now and things are getting back to normal. A brief trip to Warnham got
me the wren and the greater spotted woodpecker.

GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

LITTLE EGRET
An hour spent at Pagham harbour didn't bring much except for the picture of the little egret. Now I am hoping for a little snow to add a bit of sparkle to a few pictures.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Too warm for winter

Goldfinch.
Its too warm for winter. We need a drop in temperature in the north of the country to drive the winter
migrants south. The reserves are quiet with very little happening. I have had hedgehogs in my garden
for the past two weeks and last night a wood mouse was caught on one of my infra-red cameras.
Reed bunting.
There are plenty of resident birds on the reserves feeders but no migrants. There are a few pochard on
the lake which is normal for this time of the year but not much else of interest.
Bank vole.
This bank vole even woke up and came out for a snack and to enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Back on my feet.

 Back on my feet and raring to go and I could not find anything to photograph. The sun, when it came
out from behind the rain clouds, was very low in the sky and left me with little time. So quickly down
to heron hide and all I found were gulls galore. This black-headed chose to sit on a post much to
the annoyance of another.
The gull claiming the post was not going to be dislodged that easy and I could see a scrap happening.
First attack he tried jumping on his back with no avail.
Next he tried an uppercut to the jaw which seemed to have no effect.
Finally a boot to the back of the had the desired result.

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.