I am a big fan of owls, any owls from any wherein the world. But I think that the Ural owl is just about my favorite owl. These image where taken in the Czech Republic. The ural owl is a very aggressive owl and will protect it’s young with huge amount of aggression to keep them safe
he great spotted woodpeckers are a regular visitor to my woodland bird hide. This years family are still coming to the site to feed. The young birds are now losing their red caps as they moult into adult plumage. They still visit and compete for the food even though it’s plentiful. They are great to see and photograph as they stay a while to feed on the various perches.
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The red kite is one of our most beautiful birds of prey, there are a number of strongholds here in Scotland where breeding programmes and feeding stations have been set up very successfully and kite numbers have risen steadily over the years
Red kites are easily identified by their large size with a wingspan of almost 2m, reddish-brown colourings and deeply forked tail.
A successful re-introduction programme has resulted in the birds becoming increasingly common in the Black Isle (near Inverness) and the Trossachs near Doun and Laurieston in Dumfries and Galloway.
Kites feed on predominantly on carrion, although will also take small mammals and worms. They are often seen hovering near roadsides looking for road kill
Its a great time of year for photographing birds, particulary at the woodland edge. I have great spotted woodpeckers viditing my woodland bird hide area, and get to see and photograph the adults feeding the young woodpeckers.
There is a lot of noise as the young woodpecker gets very excited as its mother brings the food.
The Eurasian jay is on of my favourite woodland birds, highly intelligent with lots of character but it is very shy and nervous, which makes i difficult to gat images off. It’s a member of the crow family
Its usual call is the alarm call, which is a harsh, rasping screech, and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a tawny owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as goshawks and peregrines during the day.
I run a number of workshops to photograph some really special species of wildlife in Scotland and in Northern Sweden from the simple woodland birds from my hide near my home in the Borders to the golden eagle very close at seven metres up in the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden
My group sizes are very small; it’s difficult to photograph wildlife with large numbers of people wielding cameras. Because of these small groups I can give people individual attention
On the workshops we will look at cameras setting, compensation average white balance and take a close look at depth of field and magic triangle you need to understand to achieve the depth of field you are looking for. The magic triangle is the correlation between shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO. Which ever you alter, it has an effect the others.
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I have a new visitor to my woodland bird hide, the common redpoll. They have been here for over a week now and show well for small periods of time. There are two males and one female so far and hopefully they will stay around and nest locally, it would be nice to see them thriving here in this small corner of the Borders.
I have just returned from my golden eagle workshop in Kalvtrask, Northern Sweden. We had a great trip with the eagles performing very well, seeing and photographing them on all three days. The male eagle was showing aggresion as another eagle that entered the area. Its hackle went up and it pushed its chest out and lifted its head back in a gesture of defiance. If this of interest to you please take a look at this link for details http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=10233
There were lots of small birds on all three days, bulfinch’s, great spotted woodpecker, eurasian jays, marsh tit, black woodpecker giving great opportunities for great photography. We has an amazing trip, and came back wih lots of pictures. Here are just a few
I think most people would put the red squirrel at or near the top of their cute list. They are very appealing as you watch them go about their daily business. I put some hazelnuts down to entice the squirrels onto the wall and tree stump, it didn’t take long for the squirrel them to find the nuts.
A very alert red squirrel
All these images where taken from the same spot, and Iike the way the light changes as time passes by. From early morning as the sun rises to later in the day as it gets higher in the sky the images get lighter. The early images a more dramatic than the later ones All the images are very appealing but I think I like the more dramatic feel to the earlier images.
I am always pleased to be in the company of the red squirrel, they always give me a small on my face as they perform their routines.