Tree Creeper at Hulme, Scottish Borders

I was out looking for lapwings this afternoon, there have been  small numbers sighted across the borders and today was the first opportunity for a few days I have had to get out to see if I could find some, but I couldn’t. Instead I came across this feisty little tree creeper, it was working a tree next to where I was scanning a ploughed field. I spent a bit of time taking some pictures of it, here are just a few of them. I think some times you just get lucky. Why not sign up for my newsletter here :-...

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Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2011 Shortlisting

I have had word that I have had two images shortlisted for this years Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2011. This is the competition I won last year so I am very pleased to have been shortlisted again this year. The two images are of the Boxing Brown Hares and Red Grouse Portrait. The winner will of the competition will be announced at the end of March.

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Borders Buzzard, Hassngton Scottish Borders

If like me you drive around the country lanes from time to time, you will almost certainly come across the common buzzard sitting next to the roadside on a fence post or on top of a hedgerow or gate, and as soon as you stop to get a look at it of take a photograph it always very frustratingly fly’s away. Well today, I got lucky. I always have my camera ready with the 500mm lens on it sitting on the passenger seat in my car when ever I got out. I was driving out the small hamlet of Hassington in the Borders and spotted a buzzard sitting on a very low fencepost it was about ten yards...

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Garden Birds

The weather has taken a turn to the warmer and with a little sunshine it seams to have given a lift to the birds in my garden So I grabbed the camera and took some pictures of the birds for an hour or so, it was very busy and hectic with birds coming and going at great speed, chasing and charging around. Is this the start of the spring coming in? Its at this time that my garden bird workshops start, the resident birds in and around my garden are great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper, all the common tit species as well as the long-tailed tit. We also have a sparrowhawk that visits...

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Brown Hares chasing and boxing in the Scottish Borders

The warmer weather seems to have brought the brown hare out. I have been struggling to find them recently, but today I found a field with seven hares sitting about doing very little. I watched and waited to see if they would start to interact. It was the usual scenario, one female and half a dozen males. I was hoping for fireworks but it went off  at a bit of a whimper. I suspect that the female wasn’t quite in season, they tend to come into oestrus about every six to eight days. Judging by the low level of  activity she was between cycles. It took me four hours to work this out but I...

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