Posts by: Ray

BBC Wildlife calendar 2019

Just heard that my monarch butterfly image, published earlier in BBC Wildlife magazine, has found its way into the month of October in its 2019 calendar.  Nice one…

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In the garden

A quick update on what’s going on in the garden at present. I’m afraid to say that Magnus (the magpie – see previous posts) has gone.  Where to, I’m not sure.  Since he was so keen on feeding here every day, I doubt that the news is good in that…

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Magnus – the good news, then the mystery

Yes, he’s still here and doing ok.  In fact, I’m relatively pleased with his progress because now he’s back to flying short distances, he’s eating well and, as yet, has avoided the attentions of the daily sparrow hawk visit.  Interestingly, he seems to have learned my voice.  When I put…

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Magnus and the garden raiders

You’ll be pleased (maybe) to know that Magnus is still alive and kicking, which is more than I can say for our baby greenfinch (but more of that later).  Magnus is in the garden the whole of the time and he seems to have given up on the idea of…

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Magnus the magpie

Magpies aren’t my favourite birds.  They usually turn up in huge flocks and act like thugs.  I’ve seen them drag blackbird chicks from the nest which, of course, is natural predatory behaviour for so many animals, but the magpies’ loutish manner stands them apart, at least in my eyes, to…

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Antisocial behaviour – at a wildlife reserve!

We had a great time today on the RSPB gannet cruise off Bempton Cliffs, where we watched the seabirds from the surface of the sea rather than the clifftops and fed the gannets a helping of mackerel.  Following the cruise, we had the statutory fish and chips (you have to…

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Plastic update

You’re living on another planet if you haven’t heard about the worldwide efforts to reduce plastic waste and protect our wildlife but there’s still lots to be done.  I’ve never been shy about raising issues with people and I would encourage others to do so, particularly to advance the cause…

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Bird Photographer of the Year 2018

No, I am not the Bird Photographer of the Year!  In fact, I rarely enter competitions for a number of reasons but last year I decided to send a few images to the Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 on the off-chance I might get a mention in dispatches and…

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All around my house…

I was looking after Pedro last weekend.  He’s our friend’s amazing, retired, guide dog.  While on our early morning forage, we came across a rabbit warren that seems to have grown since last I saw it.  Pedro showed little interest but that’s not unusual since he seems to have been…

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Badgers – and cows!

There are badgers at the bottom of the field and getting a decent photo has proved difficult for a number of reasons, not least that the sett is under trees and the animals never seem to emerge until its pitch black.  I’ve sat up a tree for hours with my…

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