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Phil Winter / 1,105 items

N 53 B 857 C 14 E May 24, 2017 F May 24, 2017
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This morning I called into the farm to see my friend, Bob. Bob is 90 and he recently had a fall and broke his hip.

It was a couple of days before he let his daughter take him to hospital (he said it was just a bruise).

I was amazed to see him in the farm yard supported by a single crutch with a hose pipe in the other hand.

He was watering a low spot in the yard to create a muddy puddle for the Swallows.

There were already several birds circling so I went back this evening to try for a few shots.

Farmers often get a bad press and are blamed for the decline in many of our birds. Fortunately, most of the farmers I know are doing their bit for wildlife.

Tags:   Swallow Hirundo rusticus collecting nest material

N 979 B 62.2K C 98 E May 17, 2017 F May 18, 2017
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PHOTO - BOMBED BY A LITTLE OWL!!!

10 Blue Tit chicks successfully fledged from a garden nest box. I was photographing the parents feeding them, mainly with green oak caterpillars, when this Little Owl gate-crashed the party.

I took a few shots of him and then carried on photographing the Blue Tits. He was still there when I packed up.

Tags:   Little Owl Athene noctua perched oak tree garden

N 131 B 1.6K C 45 E May 12, 2017 F May 16, 2017
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3 weeks ago I found a male Treecreeper chasing a female through the trees.

Watching them through binoculars, I had a chance to see in detail their amazing plumage.

I decided to make a project of photographing them that would show off the cryptic camouflage.

I parked the landrover in the wood and watched the male collecting insects and taking them back to the nest.

He would regularly return to the same trees and, usually - but not always, start near the bottom and spiral his way up and then fly to the next tree.

I needed to get him to use my perches where I could control the background and, ideally, photograph him on a horizontal branch. This would show the intricate feather pattern at its best.

It turned out to be much easier than I thought. I started photographing from the landrover, but after several days, he got used to me and I stood in the open and used a tripod.
Providing I stood still he would ignore me.

The branch in this shot is dug into the ground next to one of his regular trees.

I found an ants nest in my green house and collected as many as I could. I tipped them onto the horizontal branch and waited.

The next time he returned, he performed perfectly. He landed at the base of the tree and hopped straight onto my perch, quickly working his way up to the ants. This gave me the chance to get the type of shot I wanted.

PRESS Z TO CHECK OUT THE AMAZING PLUMAGE!

Tags:   Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

N 94 B 1.5K C 26 E May 10, 2017 F May 11, 2017
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Tags:   Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus with young

N 852 B 41.2K C 76 E May 9, 2017 F May 9, 2017
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Tags:   Treecreeper Certhia familiaris perched


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