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Friday, 29 July 2016

Peregrines at play

 Problems with windows 10 have brought my blogging to a standstill but it hasn't stopped me from my photography. Over the past week I have paid many visits to the peregrines and have enjoyed the spectacle of the young birds at play.
 Don't quite know what the game was but they certainly enjoyed playing it.
The lower bird loved turning upside down and did it several times.

Worn out after playing for about 20 minutes they settled down to wait for their evening meal. The pictures were taken with a 600m lens with 2x converter and of course hand held at a distance of about 400ft.
Just as a matter of interest I've scrapped windows 10 and reverted to  7pro.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Members evening BWC

A few more pics. from the members evening at the BRITISH WILDLIFE CENTRE Lingfield Surrey.




Harvest mouse doing what it does best.








                              Long eared owl.







              Polecat.











                      Sleeping barn owl.











Can anyone tell me why I cannot reply to the kind comments left on my posts.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Badgers bath time

 The badger, a beautiful, clean animal that deserves a respected place in our countryside. Do you know that badgers are toilet trained from birth. They have a latrine well away from the sett and cubs are taught to use it.
If water is available they will bathe often and are very good swimmers.

Badgers can often be seen grooming themselves and just because they appear to be scratching all the time it is not to rid themselves of fleas but a method of keeping their coat in good condition.
Now where did I put that towel.

These pictures were taken at the members evening at the British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Barn owl

Popping down the road this evening to check on perigrine family No 2 and waiting around for almost an hour this chappie turned up. He entertained me for some time.
He made several sorties into the long grass but to no avail he caught nothing.
He came quite close on occasion and was not bothered by my presence.
Meanwhile I realised I was not the only observer, a perigrine was watching him too.           

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Juniors first kill

 I am not so sure this youngster killed this common tern by himself but he certainly brought it home.
 He stood proudly over it for a few minutes before inviting a sister/brother to share the meal.
I suppose you could say he was doing his sister/brother a good tern. (Sorry about the poor joke.)

Friday, 1 July 2016

2nd Nest now fledged.

 Checked on peregrine nest No2 this evening to find that they are now leaving the nest and are becoming more independant. To reach this point they have flown about 50ft up the side of the cliff.
When I arrived they had just finished their evening meal, the remains of which can be seen on the left. 25 years ago when I first moved to Sussex I would have to travel to Wales to see peregrines on a daily basis and now I get them flying over my house and I know of several nest sites close to my home.

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.