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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Perigrine meal time

 Where's my dinner woman, I've been out hunting all day and I'm starving.
 Give the photographer a nice smile dear and I will get your dinner for you.
 Turn round dear and smile, your dinner's here somewhere.
Oh! I've had enough, I'm off down the pub.

Monday, 2 April 2018

BADGER V THE STUPIDITY OF MAN

It was recently published an article on the failure of the badger cull. The following figures were announced:- Year 2014 -       615 badgers were killed in the cull.
                             2017 -   19274      "          "       "         "         
No figures are available for the number of badgers killed that had BTB.
During this period cows that died because of BTB rose from 27474 to over 42,000.
Why has nobody admitted this gross mistake. Badgers do get BTB but so do many other animals including deer, household pets including cats and dogs. Badgers are the cleanest wild animal that I know of. BTB is spread through body fluids, urine, sweat and blood. Badgers have latrines away from the sett and even bury their dead in remote spots (this I have witnessed). Cattle feed on the grass that their colleagues have fouled. Have you ever been in a cow shed or strolled down a country lane where a herd of cows have been driven.
Tonight on TV they are now blaming the demise of the hedgehog on the badger saying that they kill and eat them. This may happen but not in the numbers that would be noticable. More hedgehogs are killed on the road than eaten by Mr. Brock. Hedgehogs as their name implies live in hedgerows and thick undergrowth. Have you noticed farmers fields over the past 20 years they are getting bigger as the hedges disappear. This loss of hedging is also affecting wildlife in other ways such as the loss of small mammals which are the main food of kestrels, owls and foxes.
WE ARE MAKING A BIG HOLE IN THE FOOD CHAIN.
I have hedgehogs in my garden, regular visits from foxes and on a good night a badger.
I am going to make sure it stays that way.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

That time of the year

I took a trip down to see the peregrines this afternoon and arrived just in time to hear the female calling and every now and then looking up to the sky.
 It wasn't long before I realised what the fuss was all about when the male flew in.
 I have photographed mating peregrines before but never this close. Again these shots were taken from the drivers seat of my car.


 When he had done his duty she tipped foreward and he slid down her back.
After a few minutes to tidy herself up she flew of  to look for her supper.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Surprise surprise !

 Being a nice afternoon again I went for a drive to get used to my new car and as always took my camera with me. I am a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to my transport, everything must be perfect.
 and so it gets a good check over. I pulled of the road to see if everything under the bonnet was as it should be and glancing over the hedge this is what I saw.
A pair of egyptian geese lounging on the grass as if they owned the place. I have seen them before in wetland centres but never on a farmers field with sheep grazing

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Small fry

 Another glorious evening I just had to go out in the cold and see what I could find. On the way to see the peregrines I spotted this little shape in the long grass some 40m off the side of the road. I stopped the car and took this shot through the window at which the bird took off it was then I recognised it as a kestrel.
I sat in the car and waited for a few minutes and luckily for me it returned and sat on a branch in the open.
 The light was fading fast and I was able to get a few shots off before it went altogether.
This made a nice change from peregrines, buzzards and kites.

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.