Monday, 30 May 2016

More perigrines 2

After spending the afternoon gardening I thought I deserved a little break so I popped down the road to spend a little time with the perigrines. The male had caught a wood pidgeon and was having it for tea when I arrived.
 When he had finished his meal he carried the rmainder off to hide it ready for breakfast in the morning then returned to his roost to spend the night there.
I put a trail-cam out this evening and captured this shot of the fox and hedgehog. They totally ignore each other often eating each others food.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

More perigrines

I'm afraid I might begin to bore you with lots of shots of distant perigrines but I must grab a golden opportunity before they move on or are driven away. This one is finishing its meal.
This one I think is the female, she seems to sit patiently in the tree waiting for something to happen.
This must be the male, he appears to do all the hunting and bringing the food home.
I got really excited when I got this shot. I felt sure she was sitting on a nest, but the following day she was missing and the space was occupied by a dozen or so jackdaws. If only I could get closer but I am afraid my climbing days have long gone.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


 Feeling a little more agile after some medication for my failing knees I took a little trip out to do some exploring of my new territory. One the way back home I spotted a perigrine fly into some trees.
Stopping the car I decided to investigate and found it sitting in a tree about 200m away up the side of a steep hill. Not possible for me to get any closer I managed a couple of shots.
Scanning the hill I found its mate even further away and from its position I would imagine it was covering a nest. The light was fading so further searching became impossible. Being only a couple of miles from home it looks as though I will be making further visits.

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.