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My photograph of the month for February

As you may have seen on my twitter feed, I had the opportunity to visit Australia for a few weeks at the end of February.

Unsurprisingly my photograph for February is from Australia. I chose this photo not only because it is unlikely I will be able to post a photo of a wild flying fox anytime soon, but it makes me smile! I love that it was clearly watching me watch it!

More photos from Australia will follow.

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My photograph of the month for January

In early January I got to photograph this pretty little Dunnock, foraging in and out of the golden sunlight under a Yew tree.

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My favourite wildlife moment of 2019

I had wanted to publish this blog over the new year, unfortunately I had a nasty bout of flu so I had to delay this post.

In November I took a trip that I had wanted to do for a few years. It was to Donna Nook, famous for grey seals. In November and December the grey seals come up onto the beach in huge numbers to breed. It is an impressive sight! The day was wonderful, the baby seals were adorable! What I wasn’t expecting was the noise of the seals, so loud you can hear from the car park. It is an eerie sound, yet somehow it is enchanting!

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust do a fantastic job of counting and looking out for the safety of the seals, while also taking the time to talk with visitors about the seals and the local wildlife.

I took so many photos that I did have a hard time choosing which ones to share with you. There are a lot of cute baby seal photos, but as you will see, there was room for other wildlife to live amongst these magnificent marine mammals.

I am already looking forward to visiting again next year!

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My photograph of the month for November

November was a month of rain … lots and lots of rain! Many places flooded, including my home town of Worcester.

On a walk along the river bank I took this photo of a resting Swan by the canal locks. It’s glassy reflection obstructed by the flood debris.

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My photograph of the month for October

This month I had the chance to really put my new camera’s zoom capabilities to the test, I photographed the peregrines perched on Leicester Cathedral. Taking both my camera and tripod out to the city, with the aim to capture a view of this impressive example of urban wildlife. I took plenty of photos, playing with the camera position as much as the zoom.

I was really rather pleased with the results!

The elegant statuesque creature, perched atop a Cross that adorned the cathedral spire. Feathers catching the wind as sharp eyes gazed across the landscape. An occasional glance down in my direction with a perching look!

Even at rest, this fierce bird-of-prey means business!

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My photograph of the month for September

My choice for my photo for September was clear. This little moment of urban wild was a real highlight for me.

Walking along a path in the rain, housing estate lining one side and the river the other, I stumbled on this handsome frog. Sat proud in the middle of the path, I got down low to capture the frog in its urban surroundings.

Once I had photographed its best side, the frog hopped off to the damp safety of the nearby river bank, leaving me with a this photo and a spring in my step!

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Welcoming a wasp to my picnic!

In July I had a rather tasty picnic, it gave me the chance to observe some rather cool behaviour by scavenging wasp! Early in the summer season, wasps are on the hunt for food, anything meaty for their grub sisters. That might be an unfortunate insect, or a scrap of chicken from my picnic!

The drum stick was up down on the plate, for just a moment and this opportunist wasp decided to tuck in! I watched with fascination as it gnawed off an impressive chunk of the meat and then the small insect flew off with it between its legs.

No my friend didn’t continue to eat the chicken, but yes it was left for other wasps to help themselves!

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My photograph of the month for August

With the beautiful sunny weather of August and a new camera to play with, I had a lot of fun with photography this month. My only problem was when I came to do this blog, I had a lot of photos to chose from. In the end I settled on this photo.

I was photographing the Banded Demoiselles along the canal when this little beauty positioned itself perfectly on a stem of grass. Underneath, almost hidden, a patient spider waited. The demoiselle was only there for a moment and then off it flew, dancing in the gentle summer’s breeze.

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Jean’s garden

I went to visit with family recently. Their garden is beautiful! Jean has clearly worked very hard to make it look so gorgeous, and it is great for wildlife. The bees and butterflies love her garden.

I was also a few days after I had gotten a new camera, so it was a great way to test my new equipment.

Here are some of the photos I took of the bright colours, flowers and wildlife I found. I hope you enjoy Jean’s garden as much as I do!

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Birdfair 2019

The Bird Fair has been something that I have wanted to attend for many, many years. There has always been one reason or another that has meant I couldn’t go. But, 2019 was my year! I was able to enjoy both Saturday and Sunday at the huge conservation event held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Believe me when I say I could not have been more excited and the whole experience did not disappoint! A week later I am still buzzing with enthusiasm. I would recommend it to anyone who loves wildlife and conservation.

Firstly, I got to meet my wildlife hero, Chris Packham … I was shaking for hours after that, amazing!

I saw Nick Baker and Bill Oddie talk about The World Land Trust at the Saturday evening event. I am big fans of their work so it was a honour to see them enthuse.

I also attended a few daytime events, a fascinating talk about the wildcat reintroduction project, the inspiring Bird Photographer of the Year and, best of all, ‘Inheriting the Earth: Next Generation’; an uplifting panel of eloquent young people with a huge amount of knowledge and interest, campaigning for the natural world.

Throughout the two days I investigated all the stalls in the marquees, soaking up any and all information I could get my hands on. More than a few pin badges were bought! I also enjoyed a few samples of beer! My library has been added to (again)!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the process of a goldfinch being ringed at the BTO ringing demonstration tent. I have a whole new appreciation of goldfinches and I can’t help but smile every time I see one now!

So now it is time for me to sit back and relax with all my new reading material, I will leave you with a few photos of my first (but not last) Birdfair.

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