One of the most incredible wildlife spectacles of the year is the annual Black Grouse Lek, whenÂ these birds strut and display their feathers during their annual courting ritual. The event takes place between March and April and you can see it in the Yorkshire Dales. Black Grouse, painted, by Robert E Fuller The display is spellbinding, if at times a little comical. The males charge around with their curiously-curved tails fanned and erect, wings spread […]
I had a great day filming with BBC Countryfile today. The crew came early this morning to film me at my gallery. They were interested in seeing how I set up cameras to record wildlife which I use as research for my paintings. Today they were interested in concentrating on a new feeding post that I was planning for the kestrels that nest in my garden. The presenter was the para olympian Steve Brown, who […]
I plan to keep this post up to date with news clippings as and when they appear in the press and will keep updating it with the best of my coverage in the news. April 2017: MyÂ TV appearance with my pet weasel Fidget on The One Show Â hit the headlines, as bothÂ The Yorkshire Post andÂ The York Evening Press announced it in their pages.Â Click on the links to read the full articles. Also my column on […]
Cyclists competing in the Tour De Yorkshire will be treated to an open air exhibition of the regionâ€™s stunning wildlife once they reach the summit of the tourâ€™s most challenging climb, Cote de Garrowby. An outdoor art installation of 28 of my wildlife paintingsÂ will line the route as the cyclists turn off the A166 and head towards Birdsall along the top of this steep escarpment. My art installation, entitled â€˜Tour De Wildlifeâ€™, features some of […]
Watch the latest action taken from my ‘nestcams’ – cameras hidden in the nests of wild owls, weasels and stoats in my garden.
Visit my gallery to see some really wild Easter eggs via cameras hidden in owl nest boxes. A tawny owl has already laid two eggs. Watch the video below to see the moment we spotted the first egg under her. I’m expecting a barn owl to lay soon. Click this link to watch my latest footage of the barn owl pair preening one another – an important part of their bonding. If all goes to […]
This red stag is painted in acrylics and pencil. Read my blog about the day I watched this red stag in the Scottish Highlands.
I’ve begun a new oil painting of red stag and I thought I’d share each stage of the painting with you as it progresses. I’ll keep adding to this post as the painting develops so keep a look out for new updates. I spent a day stalking this stag with my camera in the Cairngorns. Click here to read about that incredible experience. He was truly magnificent and I’ve already painted his portrait twice since […]
As Easter approaches and the world turns its attention to mythical bunnies, Iâ€™ve been thinking of one Easter when I was privy to a very secretive wildlife encounter: the brief moment a hare nursedÂ its leveret – the true Easter Bunnies. Hares only visit their young for a few brief moments a day and it is said that in medieval times people were so unaccustomed to seeing a hare with itsÂ young they thoughtÂ the lone leverets, […]
I canâ€™t wait for to the clocks to go forward tomorrow and enjoy some lighter evenings. And yet the dark nights of winter have never stopped me getting out and about. In fact, I love walking in the dark. This is a time when my hearing becomes my primary sense and my landscape becomes my soundscape. After a lifetime of watching wildlife on a daily basis Iâ€™m already fairly attuned to using my ears. I […]
Monday is officially the first day of spring, but you can smell it in the air already. There’s something so uplifting about watching the countryside slowly come alive, the buds bulging, ready to unfold. The birds searching for nest sites, the leverets and lambs. In celebration of the season I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my springtime art prints. This wren singing its heart out expresses the sheer joy of springtime.Â It […]
Mother’s Day is the day you get to choose a really special present to give back to the person in your life who is always giving to you. I’ve put together a selection of some of my best selling art gifts to help you make the perfect choice. Â Maybe your mother enjoys feeding and watching the birds in her garden? Or possibly her favourite animal is a hare?Â I’ve personally chosen the itemsÂ on this list with […]
As Mother’s Day approaches I’m reminded of how strong the nurturing instinct is in parentÂ birds andÂ how some birds run themselves ragged trying to keep up with the demands of their young. This really hit home oneÂ spring when my father, Richard Fuller, and I watched a reed bunting that had been tricked into thinking a cuckoo chick was its own. The poor thing was so exhausted fetching more and more food for a chick that […]
This morning I spotted two red kites soaring above Thixendale for the first time. I’ve seen one flying solo above the valley before, but never a pair. It’s not that long ago that theseÂ beautiful, acrobatic birds were on the brink of extinction and whenever I see one I can’t help feeling a sense of victory on their behalf. Red kites have made a spectacular comeback after a nationwide reintroduction programme and have one of […]
I was in the greenhouse preparing seed beds with my daughter Lily when she announced, in a judgmental tone that only young children can command, that the greenhouse was â€˜full of cobwebsâ€™. I explained that I left them there deliberately for the long-tailed tits to use to build their nests from. She was fascinated as I showed her how these beautiful little birds weave a soft, delicate nest out of lichen, moss or sheepâ€™s wool […]
This week is National Nest Box Week, when people are encouraged to put nest boxes up in their gardens. A shortage of natural nest sites is one of the reasons for the decline of some garden birds and so adding a nest box to your garden is an easy way to provide a safe place to breed. My own garden is full of nest boxes and I also advise local landowners on the best places […]
It’s Valentineâ€™s Day soon. Perhaps youâ€™ll buy a card, choose a bunch of flowers or reserve a table for two to show your loved one you care. For most courting birds, however, such gestures would not be nearly enough to woo a suitor. Pairs of great crested grebes need to be congratulated for putting in the most effort in this department. Their courtship dance is surely the most elaborate of any bird on the British […]
Albatross Pair, painted by Robert E Fuller. More info and to buy As Valentineâ€™s Day approaches I have been thinking about whether animals experience the same emotions that we do. And, in particular, whether they feel love in the same way? As someone who has spent my life observing animals and birds in the wild, I believe they do, although obviously they are not as intelligent. I think we share all the same emotions – […]
People often ask my about how I capture the character of an animal or bird in paint so I thought I would share this TV clip since it describes how closely I watch wildlife for my work. The piece was recorded for ITV Calendar News to promote my exhibition last summer but it remains relevant. You can see how I encourage wildlife into my garden using nest boxes for owls and garden birds and how […]
UPDATE: I’ve just heard that Fidget is going to appear on The One Show tonight. Tune in to BBC1 from 7pm to watch him. Here’s a short clip filmed on the day he performed for the cameras. Watch him speed through a maze, then dart into clear plastic hamster tubing, over a bicycle wheel, onto a slalom, Â up a vertical wall before slipping behind myÂ paintings and down a Perspex slide into his comfort sock nestled […]
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