Spoonbill catching flounder

I currently in the Cairngorms and between preparing for the trip, a talk, making a photobook and nearly losing all my photos Ive taken here (and their subsequent recovery) I haven’t had time to update this blog. But here are some photos from before I left. There has recently been a spoonbill in the South…

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Bittern hunting sticklebacks video

On Sunday I popped up to Minsmere in an effort to get some photos and video of a bittern among other things. I managed to get the following of a bittern catching 3 sticklebacks as the sun set. Related posts: Sticklebacks in a pond video Lesser Yellow legs at West Canvey Marshes video Red backed…

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Letter to my MP on badger cull roll out vote

Dear Stephen Metcalfe MP, As I am sure you are aware there is a debate the badger cull on 13 March and a vote on whether the Government’s culling policy should continue. Even a glance at what happened last years cull, with the failure to cull enough badgers, even with its extensions and the governments…

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Rudd fry underwater video

Last summer I noticed some fish fry were hanging around in the shallows of a large pond. Over a few days I checked back and when the local dog walkers hadn’t let their dogs into the pond and the water was clear enough, I placed my Pentax WG-2 in the water and waited for the…

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A British Endemic: Perlodes mortoni – Orange-striped Stonefly

When up in the Cairngorms last March I carried out some stream sampling with my net. Among the cranefly larvae with scary looking jaws and the Clinging Mayfly Nymphs, were some impressive looking large stonefly larvae. They were identified by Craig Macadam (Buglife’s Conservation Director) as Perlodes mortoni, the Orange-striped Stonefly. Until recently it was…

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Peregrine Falcon in Bath

Last weekend I visited Bath for the first time and on Monday I was walking along the River Avon when I said to Sue something along the lines of “with all these churches around there should be peregrines.” A few minutes later I spotted the tell tail shape and flight of a falcon. As I…

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