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Monday, 9 February 2015

Barn owl returns?

I have been walking around an old haunt of mine when I spotted this barn owl which after a couple
of visits appears to have taken up residence. Its a couple of years since this box was occupied and
I don't think it is the return of the original bird but I am keeping my eye on it to see the outcome. It
could mean I shall be flooding my blog with barn owl pictures over the coming months.
Whilst trying to keep a low profile as I watched the barn owl I spotted this fox doing the same to me.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Bogey bird

All the years that I have been photographing wildlife decent pictures of jays have always eluded me,
Until yesterday, this jay could not have been more co-operative, unfortunately for me it spent most
of the time partly hidden behind a fallen tree, but patience paid off and I got a few good shots.
It looked my way a few times when it heard the camera but carried on eating quite happily. I had a
little trouble getting it to turn its head a bit more so that I could get both eyes evenly.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Comorant goes fishing

 It was very cold and windy this afternoon so I decided it was a good day to visit the reserve, it was
bound to be quiet. How right I was.I had the place to myself. I parked myself in tern hide and I
hadn't been there 5 minutes when I spotted a cormorant with a rather large fish heading my way.
It had noted the large number of gulls that were present and was heading for the shelter of the reed
beds so that it could devour his meal in peace.
The fish was a little troublesome and put up a bit of a fight that it was never going to win.
 Eventually the fish gave up and became the main course.

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.