Saturday, 23 May 2015

Two's company

Harry really has found himself a friend. After a few squabbles when they first met they have settled down to enjoy each others company.

Harry is on the right the female is on the left. I'm yet to think of a name for her.

Sharing a meal together. Still very much restricted in my movements its great to have the wildlife visit me in my garden rather than wandering round the countryside looking for it. This last picture they were less than a metre from my patio door.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Hedgehogs galore

Harry turned up for his evening meal as usual last night and tucked into the meal worms.

While he was eating down the path came a young lady.

Approaching nervously.

Greetings over, she joined him for dinner.

Monday, 11 May 2015


Being temporally limited in my movements I am spending more time elsewhere so visiting a good haunt of mine in the hope of seeing some owls when I spotted this pair of red fox. Obviously more than just good friends I watched them for a while.

She left and on leaving she smacked him on the head with her tail, which by the stupid look on his face he thoroughly enjoyed.

He seemed to get fed-up very quickly on his own and yawned frequently.

I think he knew I was watching but couldn't spot me in the undergrowth.

I moved slowly away and tried to get round behind him but his eyes followed me. So having got plenty of pictures I left him to enjoy the evening.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Harry's back

Harry's back and has found a friend. Other than a couple of fleeting glimpses of him at Christmas nothing has been seen of him since last October. I knew he was around but with no sightings until last night when he appeared. Jacque and I spent a good half an hour snapping him getting quite excited running round the garden. He cleared up the meal worms so I put a second helping out.

These he devoured quite quickly as though he hadn't eaten for days which raised my suspicions. During the evening I had also set up a infra-red video which showed that in fact I have two hedgehogs in the garden and the fuss that Harry was making it looked as though they had just met. I haven't yet worked out a way of putting the video on my blog . I shall see what tonight brings.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

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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.