Hi – I’ve rather neglected my blog, and my website this year, so this is just a short word to say that I have been taking a break from the camera while I train for a goal that I have set for myself in 2015. It’s gonna be a tough challenge, but one that I can’t wait to get stuck into. I know the website isn’t working properly since WordPress updated itself, and the plug-in’s I used don’t operate anymore – very frustrating, but something I need to sort when the night draw in. All the best !Read More
Since my last post, I’ve spent more than a few hours at the hide seeing what’s about and trying to get a few images of the birds that are visiting regularly. So far we’ve had Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Gold Finch, Great Spotted Woodpecker plus a surprise visitor who is included in a short video at the bottom of this post. The pool seems to be working well so far and the birds are using it frequently which is great. There are a number of other species close by that haven’t been tempted yet, but, give it time and I am sure they will all start using the pool and the...Read More
About 3 weeks ago, my mate Bob and I decided that we wanted to build a new reflection pool up at our hide. We’d talked about it for ages, but with other things always happening at the farm, we never got round to it, so we thought – enough talking, let’s get doing ! Back in 2012, we constructed our first attempt at a pool, and I blogged about it at the time here. That pool was OK, relatively productive, but far from perfect. Using knowledge gained since, we both set about ordering what we needed and set aside a weekend for the big build. We started construction in one of the...Read More
As I mentioned in my last blog, I recently headed off to central Europe to photograph Sea Eagles, Buzzards and Corvids. 6 days away, 4 days in the hides and hopefully, plenty of opportunities to photograph the target species. Our group met at Luton Airport and we set off on the journey to our destination – Gostynin, in the heart of Poland. Firstly via Wizz air to Warsaw, and then by car to our accommodation. I have to say that I had my reservations about Wizz, but I was pleasantly surprised – cheap, on time, no hand luggage weight restriction and reserved seats at the front if you...Read More
The bad weather continues and my daily 6am dog walks have become a bit of a slog through the mud and surface water. For me, that’s the worst of it – I can’t imagine what it must be like for the poor souls who have had their homes flooded, and those whose house’s remain underwater. Something is changing though – ever so slowly. There is more activity and more bird song each morning, and the glimmer of dawn is on the horizon slightly earlier each day – this can only mean that we are fast approaching my favourite time of the year and I fully intend to make the...Read More
Firstly, Happy New year everyone. So what’s new ? Well, not a lot really – I’ve managed to use one of my camera’s once this year so far, which beats the activity for November and December at least ! This Green Woody was the subject matter and very confiding he/she was too – while I slowly opened the conservatory door and aimed my 500mm lens at it ! As I watched the GW, another one appeared and so, for a while, I had 2 on the lawn – each happily feeding on whatever it is they were finding to eat. After all this rain, the earth under the grass is completely...Read More
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