August 5, 2019

Apparently in North America a snipe hunt is an elaborate practical joke where unsuspecting youngsters are sent out into the wilderness to hunt a mythical creature, the snipe. Which seems a bit odd when the snipe actually exists!

The snipe is a medium sized and very shy...

June 11, 2019

On a recent walk in the woods a tawny owl was spooked by other birds and flew into a nearby tree. After a good few minutes trying to relocate where it had landed, as its incredible camouflage blended it in perfectly with the trees, we managed to spot it and snapped a f...

April 24, 2019

I’ve been after some decent short eared owl shots all Winter but so far have only managed long distance sightings and pictures. However recently I’ve been watching one on the moors above where I live and you can almost set your watch at the time it hunts a particular f...

April 12, 2019

It’s that time of year again when the great spotted woodpeckers in my local wood start pairing up and looking for nest holes. Last year I watched three nests successfully fledge and so far it looks like two of those nest sites have already been snapped up. The third th...

April 1, 2019

So after a few near misses with the fish pass I decided to take the following day off work as I was sure it was going to happen very soon. I was all set up by 7.30am and I didn't have long to wait before the male arrived on the perch fish in beak. There was no sign of...

March 11, 2019

On Saturday I found a new kingfisher location. I’d been there the week before photographing a heron grabbing some lunch and I thought it had the potential to be a good place for kingfishers.

The heron wasn’t about but as I stood watching a couple of male teal a kingfish...

March 3, 2019

A first proper trip out with the new lens this weekend and I thought I’d go to the local nature reserve just to get a feel for it and see what it could do. All the usual suspects were on show but there was one star, a lesser redpoll.

The reserve has been well known in t...

February 4, 2019

The most famous birds in Yorkshire at the moment are the bearded tits or bearded reedlings which are putting on amazing shows at both St Aidans and Old Moor nature reserves. Having never seen one before I decided last weekend to go and see what all the fuss was about....

December 5, 2018

The trees at the end of my road are laden with bright red berries and for the last few days I've been popping along each lunchtime in the hope of seeing some winter thrushes, redwings and fieldfares, or if we're lucky some waxwings. It's a given that the thrushes will...

November 18, 2018

This morning I came across an unwanted guest on my local nature reserve. 

The American Mink as its name suggests isn't a native UK mammal but is here as a result of the fur farming industry and a population originally made up of escapees and intentional releases from th...

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