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02
Jul
17

Chillaxed

As a photographer you don’t want your subject to show any startled or unnatural behaviour. You want it to act as if you weren’t there. You want it to be relaxed. This Muntjac we saw the other day was taking that to another level.

 

He did wake up after a little while though…

29
Jun
17

Mammals

22 Mammals recorded on the recent mammal tour around the UK as well as over 100 bird species. Next May’s tour is now available for booking.

Badger – Scottish badgers are so much smaller than their English counterparts

Red Deer – Taking a cool dip on one of the very warm days we experienced

One of the Chillingham Wild Cattle – You wouldn’t want to get in the way of this big boy!

Wood Mouse – from the large to the small … we saw lots

26
Jun
17

Close up and Personal

This Broad bodied Chaser was hung up drying after it had emerged the other day. Find these insects so fascinating.

22
Jun
17

UK Mammal Tour 2018

Just one of the moments from our 2017 UK Mammal Tour last month. Download the itinerary for next years tour here

21
Jun
17

Exorcet

Amid the clouds of damselflies, Four spot Chasers, Emperors and Black tailed Skimmers on Selbrigg fishing lake this afternoon was a lesser Emperor Dragonfly. It was not easy to see as it would suddenly ‘jink’ into bright water and effectively disappear only to reappear five minutes later in a completely different place. It never came really close and it was never seen to settle. If it wasn’t easy to see it was even harder to photograph and whatever it was feeding on … it was high octane stuff!

18
Jun
17

Tarts of the Sea

Some excellent dolphins in Madeira. Four species, Bottlenose, Atlantic Spotted, Striped and Common all put in an appearance. Some are more playful than others. Striped in particular are always boat shy but with a little patience an an excellent skipper good views can be obtained. Spotted however are the real ‘tarts of the sea’. They want to play with anybody.

15
Jun
17

Petrodromas

When out at sea off Madeira last week we had some serious Petrodroma action. This Fea’s petrol was skirting the melee of Cory’s Shearwaters as they gorged on a bait ball of fish. Never coming close it always chose to be on its own away from the boat. I was pleased to get a record shot.

Its sister species, Zino’s Petrel, was much less easily observed. A trip at night not for the fainthearted along a steep mountain ridge, 6000 feet up  is required to see this species away from the sea . It nests here in crevices. They could be heard and seen as they returned to their nests under cover of darkness. But that’s a tale for another day. Thanks are due to Catarina and Hugo at ‘Wind Birds’ for all their help.

 




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