March update

This month i have visited a new private reserve in Handscross (Millers Wood) which is owned and run by John Stanton. John has done an excellent job in developing this woodland reserve and deserves the support of serious wildlife photographers to further develop this area.
John has cleared some of the trees to create open spaces where he has built several hides each designed to attract different species of woodland birds along with some complementary sets to attract the birds for you to photograph.
John is a wildlife Photographer himself and is passionate about the natural world and offers newcomers workshops at his site to get you started in wildlife photography. When visiting john will advise you which hide is best to use and get you into position and set everything up for you ready to start capturing images straight away. You are also welcome to take along any props that you might like to include if you wish to do so and john will incorporate them into his sets sympathetically.

February update

Christmas over and the weather and the nights now begin to improve, we can start to look forward to longer hours for photography. So get those cameras out and wrap up warm! its time to check the weather forecast hoping for that cold northerly air coming down the country creating cold clear nights and subsequently crisp clear mornings which are perfect for getting out with your camera.
I head for my local country park on mornings like this and spend a couple of hours photographing the various Gulls and the Wildfowl around the lake to perfect my technique for the coming spring.

November Highlights

Well this month started mild and following a visit to my Local country park looking for Fieldfares and Redwings our visitors from Scandinavia which start to arrive from this month, I was surprised to see a Pair of Egyptian geese with new young on the lake.
I love this time of year with the crisp mornings and the natural colours on display in our woodlands and now is the best time to vist Arboretums to see the wonderful colours that nature produces.

 Dont forget to still keep an eye out for some of our Fungi that are appearing such as the Parasol which is a large fungi that pops up in our parks along with some of our smaller species such as Candlewick fungi  which gets its name from the similarities it shares to the burnt ends of a candlewick, and a walk in the woods following a damp evening can often turn up a surprise or two.

This is the Time of Year that I head for Donna Nook in Lincolnshire to observe and photograph the Atlantic Grey Seals coming ashore to give birth to their sing…


October Highlights:

Well October is here and the Deer rutting is well under way, a good place to go and see this annual event if you cannot make the trip to the wilds of Rum or Exmoor is your local deer park.
There are several parks within London where you can witness this event such as Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Greenwich Park to name but a few. However the later Greenwich Park have the deer fenced in so this will make for a safer viewing experience if taking any little ones to experience this event.
My chosen Park for this month was Richmond Park here you will see good herds of Fallow Deer and Red Deer all going through there annual ritual hoping to attract the females with which to mate with to produce the next young.

However you may also see some of the young stags going through practice rutting sessions, these are to help establish their positions within the herd and therefore their domency. If you are going to either Richmond or Bushy Park where the deer roam free also rememb…

South Norwood CP

Visited South Norwood Country Park today, this little green oasis is situated on the outskirts of croydon and provides a much needed refuge for the local wildlife.
The lake has a good mixture of species from the common Mallards to the more exotic Egyptian Geese along with seven Goslings at present, also Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe and many others also present in numbers. There are four viewing platforms for the visitor to enjoy watching the varied birds from although some are in need of repair and occasionally you might be joined by the resident Brown Rats. But if you don't mind this then you can spend a pleasurable hour wandering around the lake perimeter, and if you are into photography you can capture some good Images as the birds fly around (see below)

 After visiting the lake continue your walk around the perimeter on good paths suitable for the disabled visitor keeping your eyes open for Hunting Kestrel and various songbirds as you go towards the visitor centre …