Moorland Surprises

August 8, 2020 at 7:26 pm

During this shortened breeding season I have spent many hours in the hills, mainly waiting for Long Eared Owls to perform. In wildlife photography there are lots of surprise encounters while you are out in the wilds – all unplanned. This weeks Gallery is devoted to just such encounters. It includes a Skylark resting o a dry-stone wall showing us the length of its hind claw. A male Partridge escorts his female on an early morning feeding trip. A Curlew guarding its young with a Snipe on a dry-stone wall nearby. The piercing stare of a Little Owl and a stunning Fragrant Orchid are also included. Click here

Gone Fishing

August 1, 2020 at 7:41 pm

The easing of lock-down came just as all our Kingfishers were feeding their first broods of young.The exceptional weather that we had during lock-down ensured that very few, if any, lost their first broods to flooding which is more than can be said for the second broods. The pair from this weeks photos lost their second clutch of eggs as soon as incubation started when their tunnel was completely flooded. A sad end to many of our Kingfishers these days due to the torrential downpours and flooding that we tend to get nowadays. click here


July 25, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Well after months of waiting here it is – a hunting male Long Eared Owl has just landed on a post that I put in especially for it and he has even raised his ear-tufts for the perfect picture. Normally the ear-tufts lie flat on his head and are not readily visible. In fact this male landed on the post earlier when it was overcast and although his ears are not visible the red eyes are more impressive – check the gallery photo. I can now retire a happy man!! click here

The Food Pass

July 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Whenever you are photographing breeding birds of prey the ultimate photo that you are after is the food-pass. It is the split second when the prey is being passed from the adult to its young. You have to be quick and yet, surprisingly, it is seldom the best photo of the series. What happens is that at the split second of the pass a membrane closes over their eyes as a protection in case of mis-timing. These membranes are clearly visible in this weeks blog photo and if you check the gallery photos there is a far more impressive photo taken a split second after the pass.Click here

Owls In The Mist

July 12, 2020 at 6:50 pm

This weeks photo is undoubtedly the worst photo I have ever taken. The significance is that I have spent a lifetime hoping to find young Long Eared Owls when they have just left the nest. It all came good last week when I found four young Owls perched together just as I had hoped for. Unfortunately on the day the forest was swathed in thick fog and driving drizzle and you could hardly see the Owls!!
During the afternoon the sun came out so I rushed back only to find that the Owls had split up with only two now being here

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