Hungry Young Kestrels

July 4, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Finding a good nest site of a pair of Kestrels is never easy with this weeks site being one of the most photogenic I have ever seen. It is a hole in the gable end of an old stone barn and I should have filmed it last year when they had four young. Unfortunately last year the road was closed due to a Carnival and I should have known better than to put it off until the following day – they had all fledged and gone!! In the bird photography world there are seldom second chances . Click here

Courting Kingfishers

June 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

Very rarely are you ever in a hide when the male Kingfisher alights and presents a fish to his female. If she accepts the fish then this is usually followed by copulation. I have only filmed this a handful of times in the last fifty years so last weeks action was most welcome even if the sun was not quite in the right position! Click here

Sods Law

June 21, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Over the last month I have spent many hours under a camouflage cloth hoping a hunting male Long Eared Owl would land on a post that I had placed on the forest edge. Some nights I never saw him at all but on other nights, just to rub it in, he would hunt all around my car that was parked on the road 400 yards away!
He did land on other fence posts and this weeks gallery includes photos of him taken whenever he came within range. I am ever hopeful that he will land on my post so watch this space for the ultimate photo!! click here

Nuthatch Success

June 14, 2020 at 11:15 am

After last weeks Wader disaster it is good to highlight one species that is going from strength to strength. The Nuthatches of this weeks blog were filmed in my local woodland and now their young are calling from all over the wood. Another pair are taking food from our garden and feeding young in a neighbours nearby. Apart from global warming no one is quite sure why Nuthatches are spreading north so fast with one possible sighting on Islay last week. Long may it continue! click here

Wader Disaster…

June 7, 2020 at 9:12 am

While we were all confined to our gardens enjoying almost unbroken sunshine our moorlands were drying out and providing little food for the young waders emerging from their eggs. Curlew numbers are already down 50% in the last ten years so this years weather will have added to their decline. Dunlin are the Pennines latest breeding wader and the only one that will benefit from the present rains. See some of the Waders encountered last week click here

Fledged Young

May 31, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Each year at this time we would normally be on Islay filming Hen Harriers.It is no consolation that we are at home in exceptional weather! However, the only bonus is that we are now able to watch and film the local garden birds as they fledge their young, something that we normally miss. So this weeks blog and Gallery includes Blue Tits and Starlings filmed recently.Click here