Lockdown #6

Photography is still on hold. I could with the new Lockdown ruling do an outside Dog shoot with one of the owners present and social distancing but have not yet started this.

So I continue to stalk the wildlife around locally. Since the lockdown rules have been lifted a little and there is no restriction on exercise, there has been a noticeable increase in the footfall in and around the village. So not always easy, as I also usually have three dogs and two teenage boys out on walks with me!

The Goslings are growing. If I miss a day of seeing them I can see that they have grown the next day. They don’t stay as fluffy yellow balls of cuteness for long.

The parents keep them at a good distance still and are very protective. Another goose was not greeted well.  No more staying at home for them, they are out and about and being Alert!

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The parents are constantly looking out for Danger…

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The little ones like their independence and a solo swim is often taken when Mum is not looking!

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Swiming together is also fun, but Mum often leaves them to it.

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Then some playtime can be had, not mad paddling to keep up!

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This last image was taken on the 17th May, they are just over a week old. All five are still with us.

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Thank you for reading. Keep Safe.

Lockdown # 4 – 16th April 2020

Three weeks of Lockdown completed and at least another three weeks have been announced by the UK government tonight.

It saddens me that only three days ago I wrote and the death toll for the UK was 11, 329. Today a further 861 deaths were announced and the total deaths have risen to 13,729. My Sympathies to all the affected families and friends. It really is hard to believe.

We will embrace another three weeks of this different world we live in and help and support each other as best we can.

I will continue to try and keep my lads focused, we have hit some boredom patches and it’s hard to motivate them when actually, there is not much fun about at the moment but you need to keep a positive mindset and think of nice things to do and keep your days filled with activities.

402A4617We have had some lovely walks in this nice weather and I have been taking the camera out with me. It’s not easy to do wildlife photography with three dogs and two teenage boys with you! The chorus of the birds is amazing at the moment, however, I can hear them but they are not so easy to spot! The Kites have been enjoying the clear skies.

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04/04/2020 – Red Kite

I manage to get this shot of a Magpie, they are really shy birds and do not stick around for long. So with all my company I was amazed it did not fly before I got the camera up, which is what usually happens.

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04/04/2020 – Magpie

The Canada Geese are back. Lots of noise in the mornings as they fly around.

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I love to see the birds early in the morning finding the sun spots to warm up to start the day.

This Jackdaw couple have found a great nesting spot. A really snug little hole.

Not far from them I found this Rook getting his morning Rays.

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The days are flying by and I dont get time to do look at what I have every day. I will post some more pictures soon. Keep safe and well.

Wildlife at Wooley

I have got a little lazy taking the camera out with me on my dog walks. Two young dogs and a Collie and a camera was always a bit tricky and they had not learnt to wait quietly.

I would be rich if I got a pound every time I came home and said I wish I had taken the camera.

The dogs are more settled now and are learning that when I have the camera and stop, they might as well just settle down! There does not seem to be as much wildlife around as there was 5 yrs ago.

Thankfully I had the youngest on the lead.  He has extremely high chase drive so today’s walk could have got very exciting.

The first sighting was a deer running from the copse across the field. First thoughts are on to the dogs, making sure I have their attention, Buzz and Maya were off lead. I was a bit late getting the camera up on this one and it was quite a distance away but managed to capture it jumping over the fence to get to the woods beyond.

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I walked the dogs up to the woods but there was not much going on so decided to head back, letting Dash off the lead for a bit of ball play. In the distance, I could see what I thought was a couple of dogs running around so decided that he had best go back on the lead as he is not good with other dogs! Just as well, the eyesight is not what it used to be and soon I realised it was another two deer.

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Would I be lucky enough for them to head in my direction? What had spooked them?

I scatter feed my dogs regularly, it’s much more rewarding for them than having food from a bowl. It also has its uses in emergency situations!  Buzz went on lead very quickly. Maya aged 11 was trusted. Down went the food to get their attention off the two deer which I could see were heading for me. I sat on the floor and what a wonderful sight. The dogs didn’t even notice them!

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How mad would I have been if I had not taken the camera out!

If it wasn’t for scatter feeding then I would not have got these images as the dogs would not doubt have been going mad on the end of the leads wanting to chase!

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I won’t be venturning out in todays wind and rain with the camera!

 

 

 

Nominated for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014

This week I got great news that one of my Nature images, that gained a Gold Award with the Societies in July this year has been shortlisted for The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2014. The Societies is Europe’s largest all-welcome association for the serious photographer.

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the award this year. We are blessed in and around Letcombe Regis to have wonderful  countryside and an abundance of wildlife. My nominated image of the Hare won a Gold Award in the Societies Monthly competition earlier in the year and was taken in Letcombe Regis early one morning in June this year.

I will be competing for the prestigious award of “Nature Photographer of the Year” and The Societies’ “Photographer of the Year,” with the winner being revealed at The Societies’ 2015 Convention Awards Dinner held on 17 January 2015 in London.

Please check out  www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk.