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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

At Last

 With my age catching up on me I can't walk to the best places locally to get wildlife to photograph so most of it is done from or very near to the car. I stopped at one of my haunts on the side of the road hoping to see an owl or similar hunting for its evening meal. I saw this fox sitting in the field not 50 metres away.
Well within the range of my lens I took a few shots before deciding to abandon ship and take a closer look. To my surprise he ignored me and carried on snuffling about in the grass.
 Even when I got to the gate he seemed not to worry about my closeness. In fact he started studying me and took a great interest in what I was doing.
We spent about 30 minutes watching each other before he decided he was not going to get his supper hanging about watching me and departed. I took over 100 photo's and spent most of the evening sorting them.

11 comments:

  1. One of my favourite animals Mike, I just love them. Small moments in nature like these are just beautiful. Some lovely photos.

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    1. A much maligned animal Marc, people don't realise how beneficial they are to the ecology of the countryside.

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  2. Beautiful Fox. Nice shots Mike. Happy weekend..

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    1. Hi Ana, Thank you. Your comments are always welcome. Take care Mike.

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  3. Nice work Mike. The foxes around here are very wary. Can never get close to them. They are very much controlled around here.

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    1. Thanks Phil, I don't do much walking these days and most of my photography is done from the car which the local wildlife seem to have got used to. I am working on a badger sett which should soon see some results.

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  4. you have been lucky again A curious fox that is interested in you, and you in it. Moments to enjoy and remember. Congratulations.
    We hope, the badger's photos you have in the closet😉

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    1. Thank you Tomas, I seem to have a way with animals. They rarely shy away from me. Regards Mike.

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  5. It's a great study of a supremely beautiful creature. I think that foxes in urban or near urban situations are losing some of their traditional fear of humans - good for the foxes and good for us too.

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    1. Thankyou David, a delightful animal, so essential to the welfare of our countryside and a most welcome visitor to my garden.

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  6. Hi...I'm visiting from 'breathtaking'. Never met a critter I didn't love. I'll be BACK. :) - Mac

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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.