The Elusive Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is a bird that was often heard but rarely seen, nowadays it isn’t heard that often either. As I’ve been roaming about the countryside I feel that I’ve been lucky if I hear one a year these days and until this occasion I had never actually seen one. This particular Cuckoo was photographed…

Sparrowhawk in Bluebells

I spent a couple of afternoons in spring observing and photographing a pair of Sparrowhawks in southern Scotland. The woods were a riot of colour as the spring flowers were in bloom with the bluebells being spectacularly prevalent. The female hawk was particularly compliant and paused on several rocks and trees as it surveyed the…

Dippers

Dippers are a bird that I have long wanted to photograph but one that I have found difficult to locate or track down, even asking around has brought little success. However an opportunity arose and I jumped at it.Dippers are quite a small, plumpish bird with a small erect tail that live and breed by…

First Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds have been on my ‘bucket list’ for quite a while now, in fact for so long that I was beginning to give up hope of ever seeing any. So, here I am in Mariposa, California and the Guest House that we are staying at has hummingbird feeders and… Hummingbirds.These little birds are quite diminutive…

Arty Mantids

Just a quick post to show some new photos of a couple of my Mantids in a more artistic way than is usual. I decided to venture away from creating shots that look and feel as though they were taken in the wild to something a little more contrived, colourful and maybe, a bit different.…

Peregrine Falcon

A recent shoot of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) produced some striking images of this predator as it plucked a victim with feathers strewn around the carcass. The schedule 1 listed bird of prey has been struggling over recent decades due to illegal persecution by some people associated with the game bird industry with number…

Great Grey Owl

I’ve always been a sucker for Birds of Prey, and Owls in particular, so when I got the chance to photograph this species I jumped at the chance. The Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosi) is a large bird – the longest in length – and primarily inhabits areas of the cooler northern hemisphere.I shot this…