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 28, 2019

The male kingfisher is definitely in the mood for love at the moment. He’s been cleaning out last years nest hole in preparation for a new breeding season. There is a female about and she has visited the hole to check out his handy-work, however she seems to be playing...

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 14, 2019

Last year I entered a Wildlife Blogger competition and a lot of you lovely people voted for me, for which I am really grateful. Unfortunately I didn't win but my blog was selected to appear in the resulting book which is really exciting!! The book is now available as a...

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 25, 2018

In 2000 a female grey seal came ashore at Donna Nook to give birth to her pup but she had a problem. Wrapped tightly around her neck was some rope from discarded fishing gear which was cutting deeply into her skin. The volunteers quickly spotted her and with the help o...

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...

November 9, 2018

Last week I went to Studley Royal to photograph the deer in the park. We arrived quite early and decided to wander down the drive to where we'd seen a large herd on the drive in. Within 5 minutes we had been approached by one of the National Trust wardens in a truck wh...