Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kingfisher


A female Kingfisher surveying the river for fish, photographed a couple of months ago. The hungry brood of a Kingfisher can demand over 100 fish a day from their parents, which they dive for at the surprisingly low speed of about 10mph. This will likely be the last update to this blog for a month or so, until I'm back from working on Springwatch at RSPB Minsmere.

Wryneck


The Eurasian Wryneck is a member of the woodpecker family of birds. With their cryptic plumage they look quite different to the other three members of the woodpecker family seen in Britain. They are most often seen on the ground, scouring it for ants, their main food source. I photographed this particular bird last year in Gloucestershire. It's a rare migrant in the UK, which sees around 250 birds a year according to the BTO.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Adder


Another local shot from the Forest of Dean - a female Adder yesterday. I got some record shots of her basking partially obscured by bracken, but when I returned a bit later, she'd moved on and was out on the hunt, and I was able to get this shot.

Tawny Owl


A pair of Tawny Owl chicks in an old Buzzard's nest in the Forest of Dean yesterday. A real pair of characters.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Crested Tit


This is another photo from my most recent trip to the Cairngorms, Scotland. There are some well known and regularly used sites where photographers like to see Crested Tits. Unfortunately, they didn't prove very useful on this trip, as the birds there were very few and far between, and the light was really poor. This particular bird, along with its partner, simply dropped down from the tree tops during a trek through a scots pine forest at the northern edge of the Cairngorms. The light was great, the perch perfect. It's a rare thing for everything to fall in to place like that without even trying!

Willow Warbler


A Willow Warbler, photographed this week near home in the Forest of Dean.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Osprey


An Osprey returning with nesting materials in the Cairngorms, Scotland. This shot was taken at 600mm then very heavily cropped. The nest is on an island on a loch. It's a well known spot to watch Ospreys, and apparently when the young have fledged they will practice fishing amongst people canoeing on the loch.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Adder


A male Adder in the Forest of Dean earlier this week. The British Adder population has experienced a massive decline in recent years. Flooding, habitat loss and fragmentation amongst other things, have seen numbers drop in most areas, and disappear altogether in others.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Red Squirrel


A Red Squirrel in Curr Wood in the Cairngorms. There are thought to be around only 121,000 Red Squirrels left in mainland Britain. They are at threat from the invasive North American Grey Squirrel which out-competes the Reds for food, and by squirrelpox, which is also carried by the Greys.