Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A spring walk

Another nice warm spring day, not much around so I spent a bit of time playing hide and seek with a
bank vole, I'm not sure who won.
 The next act was a nuthatch who gave a demonstration of walking upside down and standing on its head.
 The heron was in a bit of a daydream and just stared into the water waiting for something to happen.
Perhaps he had seen this one and was dreaming of a fish supper.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Fox and barn owl

Until things get sorted at Warnham I decided to see how things are at a favourite haunt of mine.
Always busy with dog walkers but there is a nice atmosphere about the place and people are friendly
and most of all polite. While I was watching the box for the barn owl to emerge as usual the fox was watching me.
I hadn't seen the barn owl for more than a week so tonight I left it late to visit. The sun was just
dipping behind the hill and the light was fading. It appeared, had a look round, saw me and vanished
back into the box. Still don't know whether its male or female and if it is breeding or just roosting.

Local Nature Reserve

 Not much luck in getting any shots of the incoming migrants so far. Been hampered a bit by
officialdom gone mad which is soon to be sorted. The coots have been very entertaining with their
terratorial squabbles, giving the opportunity of lots of action shots.

They really do get very fiesty over who's bit of water this is.
The fighting gets quite ferrocious at times.
Oh dear! I forgot to tighten my wing.
Coal Tit

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

My photo
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.