June 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

This weeks photo is the result of weeks of preparation, a four hour wait for the male to bring prey and one perfect shot out of the ten taken in the next second. The other nine in the sequence are in this weeks gallery together with more of the spectacular Hen Harriers.
There is little doubt that one of the star attractions of Islay, at any time of the year, is seeing Hen Harriers flying over the road, sometimes crossing in front of your car.Islay is still one of the few places in Britain where Hen Harriers can breed without any persecution and only have to worry about the Hebridean weather. A cold spring results in many of their eggs failing to hatch and that is what has happened this year. Click here

Starlings Galore

June 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Famous for its Whiskey galore no one ever goes to Islay to photograph Starlings. However, wherever you go on Islay there are breeding Starlings – in the holiday cottages, in the deciduous woodlands and even in an old whiskey barrel! Once fledged the free flying young can be seen and heard all over the island and form an important food source for Hen Harriers and Peregrines. This week’s gallery is of a pair nesting in our cottage but for the real gems of Islay you will have to wait until next week – its well worth the wait!! Click here

Marsh Harrier Magic

June 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm

Marsh Harrier
After more than fifty years of photographing birds there are not many birds left on my “to do” list. one has always been the Marsh Harrier so last month I spent three consecutive mornings at Leighton Moss filming male Marsh Harriers as they gathered nesting material. It was a wonderful experience and took me back more than thirty years to the day I spent guarding the nest of the first pair ever to breed there. This week’s gallery is full of male Marsh Harrier photos and there is even a record shot of the food pass at a nest more than 400 yards away – it looks to be in the farmers field! Click here

Hedgehogs Return

June 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Whilst Hedgehog numbers are plummeting nationally it has been most pleasing to see this last week at least four in our small garden. Each night we have put out a handful of Hedgehog pellets and then we have sat close by to watch and listen to their antics. There is a considerable amount of grunting and snorting so we are hopeful that in a  couple months  we might see some young hogs as well. Click here