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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Playing peregrines

 I love this time of the year when the young peregrines are learning to fly and enjoy the art in the form of play.
 Turning summersaults is quickly learned and is done frequently.
 Playing tag is another popular pastime.
 Spitfire pilots during WW2 learned this from peregrines. Attack from below and catch the 'enemy' by surprise.
Well, it nearly always works.
Now they are playing foursomes. I didn't get many chances of capturing all four youngsters in one shot.
Quite a common sight is of a peregrine upside down.

9 comments:

  1. Hello Mike!:) I'm a little behind with my visits too. These action shots are incredible. I would love to see this fabulous spectacle.:)
    Best regards.

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    1. Hi Sonjia, Playing peregrines put on quite a show. Something I look forward to every year. Best wishes, Mike.

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  2. Excellent pictures .. Congratulations and greetings

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    1. Hello Ana, Thank you. I am so lucky to have them so close to home. Take care. Mike.

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  3. Hello Mike!:) Your story about the Little Owl you cared for was charming. Imagine that!! Wow, to get so close to an owl like that is incredible. It just shows us once again that animals are capable of deep feelings, and they don't forget a kindness. I hope your computer gets repaired soon.:)

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  4. Hi Mike!:) I would love to know where you saw the Hoopoe! Good old Hoopoe!!! It got you interested in wildlife, and all this time I thought it was the Little Owl! Anyway I'm glad you were inspired to start photographing wildlife, because I love visiting your blog to see what's happening in your patch, and your wonderful captures of birds I never get to see. I guess you still have no internet!!! Keep well, both of you!:)

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    1. Hi Sonjia, Close to where I lived in Morden, just south of London we had an area of playing fields with very active allotments along side. It was here that I saw the hoopoe, I had the cheek to write to Sir Peter Scott about it and to my surprise he answered my letter and suggested I joined the Young Ornithologists (junior section of the RSPB), other than my army career I've been a member ever since. Take care, Mike.

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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.