Sunday, 5 March 2017


Still can't get near enough for some decent pics, still much too far away, so I must be patient. In the meantime I will watch and wait. I like this shot because it is the first time I have been able to identify the difference between the male and female. The male is known as the tiercel which means two thirds. The male being the smaller, two thirds the size of the female.With her extra size and weight she defends the nest against predators while the male being smaller and more agile does the hunting.


  1. Good morning Mike!:) This is a wonderful capture, and such an informative post.:)

    1. Thank you Sonjia, When you have peregrines virtualy in your back garden one tends to beome a bit of an authority on them. I hope I am not going to bore but it will be mainly peregrines for a while. Take care, Mike.

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    1. I think they posed that one especially for me.


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.