The peregrine season has drawn to a close for this year, three healthy looking youngsters are now making their own way in the wildlife world. On one of my last days on duty I arrived a bit early and while waiting for the RSPB representative to arrive at Malham YDNP visitor centre I spotted movement by the edge of the car park.
Some quick settings readjustments, defaults for the day are peregrine in flight! A hedgehog searching for food after heavy rain during the night...
A trip with my wife to RSPB Leighton Moss and we had otter sightings...
Some patient watching on a moorland site paid dividends
On a further visit the owls were disturbed by the presence of two people rabbit hunting with dogs, a rabbit was taken near the owl nest site, the resulting noise was enough for the male barn owl to fly out in alarm and make a direct flight for about 1/4 of a mile.
Before that I was stood with a good mate in silent observation when I heard "Dave, no quick movements" in a whisper....me "Why?" ..."You have a stoat watching you!" hasty camera settings adjustments and ...
A small pond there attracts kingfishers, as close as I have seen and a delight to behold.
Why people would want to lure them to dive into a tank for the purposes of photography continues to elude me. The shots you see in national newspapers always quote a river or a pond, the photographers cannot even tell the truth about how their shots are obtained...maybe a fear the public would abandon their mass adoral!
A day out with a birding mate, a couple of RSPB reserves near Leeds were visited on a hot and sunny day.
Further visits to the kingfisher site...
Some moorland edge watching got me spotted flycatcher with a youngster
And to end with...more kingfisher shots, what a delight to see so close...
I try hard to keep my photography on the right side of a line, a line that contains no disturbance, natural settings, non disclosure of sensitive sites. I hope I portray that accurately with my blog posts, the growth of wildlife photography is disturbing in many ways, too many people seeking a quick and easy way of getting shots some of us have spent years trying to achieve.
The paid hides cater for that and they feed of it, now "canny"photographers who have used them quite often run "workshops", they usually have no photographic qualifications but having taking 1000's of shots in the hides themselves they are educated enough to teach others, they think.
Many years ago I remember one now quite well known photographer stating "5 hours and one glimpse of a kingfisher, this is not for me"....prescient words indeed!
I will use public hides and they are a great way for kids to be introduced to watching wildlife, the need to be quiet especially, and the great requirement of patience.
A text conversation with a friend yesterday reminded me of the maxim, the more I get out the luckier I get!
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