Bitterns in Newcastle

A very quick visit to a local wildlife reserve and an opportunity to see Bitterns. This is almost a new bird for me, as I’ve only heard them and seen them flying in the distance in more southerly areas of the country. However today after a very short walk I was fortunate to see a couple of them flying then desending into the reeds close […]

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Great day out with Hawkstone Falconry.

Sunday was planned as a Birds of Prey workshop for my local camera club. I had liaised with Hawkstone Falconry to set up the day and was very impressed with them and their birds. The weather (or light) did not work in our favour but the location and the willingness of Val and Kevin to assist in setting up the birds made for a great day […]

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Early visit to the Red Deer Rut (well nearly)

October is the most exciting time of year to watch our deer as they engage in fierce mating battles. The three largest species of deer (red, fallow and sika) all rut in the autumn and are easy to watch in parks and in the wild. So with this information in my mind I set off to Studley Royal in North Yorkshire for a day out. It soon became apparent that […]

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Dragons in Cambridge(shire).

We had a great week in Cambridgeshire, lots of walking, relaxing and the occasional photo trip to look for Dragonflies and Damselflies. We had a couple of trips to Wicken Fen but got our best sightings elsewhere with a photo and identification of the rare(ish) Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis). I was given a crash course in identification at Wicken Fen and the very next […]

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

A quick visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal today to see the Autumn colours and catchup on the Deer rut. For some reason I haven’t visited the place for about 10years although I’ve been a NT member throughout. Time to put this right and enjoy the location in all its autumn glory.

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