Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Big Eighty

With the life I've had I didn't think I would get this far, but today I hit the eighty mark and I feel great. So good that I celebrated with a 2 mile walk, with my camera of course. What a dissapointment, this was the only decent picture that I got (spotted flycatcher), although I did spend about 20 minutes watching the earth move, waiting for a mole to appear, but no such luck he was quite happy under the soil. I had the idea that I could have a personal celebration with some good pictures but not this time. So I spent some time in my garden this evening with the fox and hedgehog, the fox only made a fleeting visit to pick up his biscuits while the hedgehog stayed longer, it takes some time to eat all those mealworms.


  1. Happy birthday Mike and well done for reaching a great age. Hope I make it that far and can still function a camera well.

  2. Thankyou Marc, Its all down to lots of practice and you seem to get plenty of that.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike!:) Love your Flycatcher shot, a splendid image. I reckon fresh air, exercise, and a great love of nature has kept you a young eighty. Wishing you many more to come.:)

    1. Hi Sonjia,
      I agree, but I also believe the lovely family I have give me a reason for getting up in the morning. Take care, Mike.


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.