Saturday, 17 February 2018

Vanishing hedgehog ?

I read a letter in the Daily Mail the other day about the decline of the hedgehog. The fox was blamed as the predator and the letter writer had witnessed foxes killing and eating our little spiney friends. I am glad to say there were follow-up letters denouncing this and giving the true reasons, such as the loss of hedgerows, concreting and paving of gardens, over-use of insecticides and rat poisons. In gardens such as mine they thrive. Almost every night through-out the year several visit my garden, my infra-red cameras have recorded thousands of  such visits and often, as the picture shows, they share the food with the foxes, they have no fear of the fox and often eat together. The most that I have recorded is 2 foxes and 3 hedgehogs on the lawn together at any one time. I am considering buying some up-to-date infra-red equipment and get some really good pictures. Badgers are a bit of a problem for the hog as they can unfurl it when it rolls into a ball in defence. Fortuneately badgers don't come into my garden.

Monday, 12 February 2018


 Today the sun shone on me and the peregrine. I was able to get in a much better position and the sun came out. She watched dad flying about enjoying the sun.
Then I think she spotted me even at that great distance because for some time she stared in my direction and didn't move. Again these shots were taken from the car, I think its the car she recognises.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Garden animals

I feed my garden animals on a fairly regular basis but not every night because I don't want them to depend on it. I only give them enough for a snack. Here the dog fox tucks into some dog biscuits. I call him Broken Tail, If you look carefully you can see the damage.
After his biscuits he tucked into the dish of meal worms that were meant for the hedgehog. Normally that would not happen as BT doesn't call until after midnight when the hedgehog (Harry) comes early, about an hour after dark.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Peregrine activity

 This is the female. I thought she was asleep as she had been in this pose for several minutes.
But she suddenly came to life and appeared to be bright and alert. Perhaps she had something on her mind and was deep in thought.
I pulled back a bit for this shot, I thought this might be her nest site for this year. It certainly looks interesting. Going to keep a close watch over the next few weeks.

Saturday, 27 January 2018


 Over the past 10 years I have photographed many peregrine falcons at their nest sites. Most were taken in Wales under licence(different in England). They were sites that were unbelievably easy to get to. One site was the other side of a ravine which put the nest at a mere 20metres away.
 The youngsters got quite used to me being so close and carry on undisturbed.
 Often sitting in striking poses, I am sure entirely for my benifit.
 The male I got to know so well that he would totally ignore my presence.
The nest that I have today in Sussex is a lot further away from the camera. I am hoping that I will be able to get closer but at my age I am well past climbing up cliff faces.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.