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Staring me right in the face!

Those of you have been reading my blog will have heard about the elusive green woodpecker.  I managed to get a couple of shots off last year just after the young had fledged and, this year, I have been determined to find the nest.  Many times, I walked past a…

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BBC Wildlife photo

I’m delighted that another one of my photos has made it into the pages of BBC Wildlife magazine (May 2018) In February this year we sought out overwintering monarch butterflies in Santa Cruz, California.  After a bit of a search, we found hundreds of them clinging to trees on Lighthouse…

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Owl news and my Simon King hide – the latest

Last night at about 8.30pm, I arrived home to find the tawny owl sitting in the entrance to her box.  She looked around for 5-6 minutes while I watched her and then she took off.  Tonight, I set up my amazing Simon King hide for the very first time.  I…

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The ducks are back and the owl is still here

31st March saw the female of our mallard pair fly into the garden, dead on time.   They arrive every year at this time for a three month stay, create havoc in my pond, sail around in my tiny lily pool and then wait to be fed!  She was joined…

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A nesting tawny owl – at last?

I’ve had a tawny owl nestbox in my garden for about 5 years and, each year, a pigeon has raised its family in it.  Last year I tried a different design, the chimney type, which I slung under a branch of one of the old apple trees at a 45…

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Colin Banks – artist extraordinaire

On our recent trip over the pond, we met an amazing young British wildlife artist by the name of Colin Banks.  Having studied art at school, Colin went on to work in a completely different area but recently came back to his first love.  Colin produces his amazing images with…

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Cunard’s response to the plastic issue

I am pleased to add this press release sent to me in response to my letter to Cunard.  Well done Cunard and P&O.  The U.K. Government seem to be getting a grip on the issue now but there’s lots we can do to contribute. Don’t be shy about asking people…

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Cunard’s commitment to the Oceans (and their use of plastic…)

‘Cunard’s home is the oceans of the world, so we actively work to protect our marine environment.’ So says the little card in our ship’s cabin which then encourages you to reuse towels, switch off electrical items not in use, consider the use of water, optimise climate control and make…

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California cruise and two Cuvier’s beaked whales

We’re heading to California again to see our friends in Davenport. We’ve crossed the Atlantic with mixed weather, spotted a few dolphins and a half dozen sperm whales, and enjoyed a couple of days in a wintry New York. The trip from there to Florida and through the Caribbean was…

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Thanks again! (for your money…)

Thanks to all those who attended my talks, bought images or my 2018 Worldwide Wildlife calendars, this year I have been able to share £647  (£808 including gift aid) between WaterAid and Christians Against Poverty (CAP). Happy Christmas to everyone. Ray

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