Sunday, June 30, 2013

BBC Springwatch film

Here's the short film I made with the BBC for Springwatch 2013.

Roe Deer

This Roe buck was photographed about three weeks ago in the Forest of Dean. The native Roe's numbers are locally small in comparison to the non-native Fallow and probably the Muntjac too. When this photo was taken

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Atlantic Puffin

Despite the colossal number of Puffins on Skomer, actually capturing a decent shot of one in flight was trickier than I anticipated. These birds can reach over 50mph. It spends the winter at sea but returns to cliff-top breeding colonies in the spring, where it nests in a

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Home again

It's been a busy few days, and I'm back from a great time in Pembrokeshire, finishing with a trip to Skomer earlier today. The weather was amazing, and most of my target species put in an appearance. I've got a pile of photos to sort through, some of which will be new additions to the

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Green-Winged Teal

Another new addition to the Species List for me today - the Green-Winged Teal. They are scarce but regular visitors to the UK from North America. It is distinguished from drake Common Teals (the Eurasian relative of this bird) by a vertical white stripe on side of breast, the lack of both a horizontal white scapular stripe and the

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dipper chicks

I've had little time to update the blog over the last couple of days. Today I had the opportunity to photograph these tiny Dippers in their nest here in the Forest of Dean. I was with a licensed BTO ringer, and wouldn't go near the nest otherwise. There were six chicks in here, all of which were ringed very quickly

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Barred umber moth

A new addition to the list last night was this Barred umber moth. I can't say it took much work to find this one... I let the dog out in the garden and it flew right in. Wildlife photography doesn't get much easier than that. I had to wait about 10 minutes for it to settle down though before taking a quick snap with the phone.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


So far this year, I've managed to see five Cuckoos, and of course, heard plenty more. If you haven't seen the BBC documentary, 'Cuckoo - Evolutionary Cheat', I strongly recommend it.

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Monday, June 10, 2013


The Springwatch team invited me up to Ynys Hir for a couple of days to have a look around behind the scenes, meet the crew, etc. I had a great time there. I went for a wander around the reserve on the first afternoon, but didn't get very far at all before finding this perched in a tree. I believe it's the first time the RSPB warden had heard of one there, although it's thought it was just taking a rest

Bearded Tit

Yesterday I photographed the 250th species to appear on the Species List - the Bearded Tit. It was at Newport Wetlands. I'd visited once before but it was a very windy day and sightings of anything at all were few and far between. It was much warmer and calmer yesterday. Plenty Reed Warblers, Common Whitethroat, the odd Cetti's Warbler, and this single Bearded Tit. It was a very brief sighting, and

Friday, June 07, 2013

Chinese Water Deer

There are six species of deer living wild in the UK. This is the one I had to travel furthest to see - the Chinese Water Deer. Almost prehistoric in its appearance, bearing tusks in place of antlers, this is the most primitive of our deer. Except it isn't really one of 'our' deer at all. Along with the Muntjac, Fallow and Sika, the Chinese Water Deer is not native to this country, and the fact that we now have

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Grey Heron with Tench

I got a new addition to the species list today. Not the Heron, but courtesy of the Heron. I watched it prowl around the bank of this pond in the Forest of Dean, until it reached in and pulled out this Tench. It took a couple of seconds to swallow then the Heron was

Red Squirrels with blonde tails

The pictures are poor, but they show Red Squirrels that I photographed in Scotland, in woodland next to Loch Ness. I saw a number of Reds that day, but the one thing they all had in common was a striking blonde/white tail. I've seen Reds elsewhere in Scotland, as well as in the south on Brownsea

Sunday, June 02, 2013


I've spent a bit of time trying to photograph these here in the Forest of Dean over the last couple of days. It's a tiny little bird but I did manage some half-decent shots. This isn't necessarily one of the better ones, but it's one of the only ones where it briefly displayed the crest. It's amazing to me that all that folds in to such a small narrow stripe. In addition to the Firecrest, yesterday

Saturday, June 01, 2013


A huge thank you to everyone who was kind enough to send me mails and messages about my film on Springwatch last night. It was great fun to work on and the Springwatch team were fantastic. It took a lot of persuasion to get me on the wrong side of the lens though!
If you missed it, you can see it