The Disappearing Green Belt

December 10, 2022 at 3:01 pm

I took this weeks landscape photo  early one morning this last summer as I sat waiting for a Long Eared Owl to hunt.It seemed to me to illustrate what is now happening to our open countryside – one last refuge for the horses as the industrial sprawl encroaches all around! Next to where I was hidden were some Larch trees and in the tallest one a Kestrel was on the look-out for prey. Unfortunately it was continually harassed by Black-fly and did not stay long!

Redwing At Dawn

December 4, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Once again it looks like its going to be another winter with very few berries and even less Redwings. At dawn on Monday I found four Redwings, along the canal, finishing off the few Hawthorne berries that were left.It was the only day this last week when the sun appeared and their colours were transformed in the winter sunshine.

Summer Nights

November 27, 2022 at 7:19 pm

For three months last summer I spent time in the hills filming three different hunting male Long Eared Owls. They were memorable nights and I took hundreds of photos so lets have a look at some of the also rans.
The blog photo is interesting in that the eyes look yellow and not orange as they all were. It is just a matter of the evening light and the angle of its head – in the next photo his eyes were orange!

Goosander Dawn

November 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

The exciting thing about wildlife photography is that you never know what subject will present itself to you. One morning last week I set out before sunrise to try and find a local Kingfisher. As I reached the canal out in the middle was a male Goosander. It was only there a few seconds, there was no light,.but I managed to take a few photos despite the conditions. What will appear next?

Reservoir Success

November 13, 2022 at 8:34 pm

Following on from last weeks blog on moorland reservoirs this week we highlight one of its success stories.
The Little Ringed Plover is one of our rarest breeding birds and I have to obtain a special Permit to go anywhere near their nest. Four eggs are laid on the gravel bed of a moorland reservoir so if the water levels are high they are unable to breed. This years drought was perfect for them and they had one of their best seasons for a long time.

Moorland Reservoirs

November 6, 2022 at 3:41 pm

This weeks photo is of Watergrove reservoir which is typical of the dozens of reservoirs that I have filmed at over the last fifty years. In the early years you would never find Great Crested Grebes breeding at the reservoir but all that has changed. They are just as happy now to anchor their nest to a floating Willow as they would be breeding in a Cheshire reed-bed.So always check the Willows on a moorland reservoir and you may find the stunning Great Crested Grebe.