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Thursday, 12 January 2017

My afternoon walk

Whenever I get the opportunity to go for an afternoon walk this little fellow seems to turn up to greet me. He sits within about a metre of me and watches everything that I do. Sometimes he will follow for a short distance.
 I was watching this flock of widgeon when suddenly they took to the air in a panic. I took several shots and only when I put my camera down did I realize a peregrine falcon was the cause of their sudden flight, and I had missed it.
As a small reward I spotted this kestrel. Taking a few shots straight into the setting sun the images were poor but with a little help from photoshop I was able to retrieve something.

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Mike Attwood - Photographer

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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.