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The Robert E Fuller Blog

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This Tragic Tale of a Tawny Owl Family Has A Happy Ending

Followers of my blog will know how I have installed cameras in custom-made nest boxes throughout my garden and the countryside beyond so that I can follow the individual stories of the animals and birds that I paint. This year the tawny owl pair I was watching faced a tragic loss. But what happened next made up for it. I have pieced the story of this year’s breeding season together into one watchable video for […]

Monday, August 7, 2017

How an abandoned kit weaseled its way into my heart and onto your TV Screens

Fidget my pet weasel

I’ve been watching a family of wild weasels in my garden for two years, monitoring their lives closely via surveillance cameras hidden in the shrubbery. It’s been fascinating following their story through the seasons, from the moment the adult pair mated, to the birth of the kits and on to watching the young on their first hunting lesson. I’ve learned some interesting things about these tiny mammals along the way. For instance how early the […]

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Collection of Barn Owl Paintings

Barn owls populations on the Yorkshire Wolds are the healthiest I’ve seen in a long time and, after a number of years in which their future seemed uncertain, I’m celebrating the good news by sharing my collection of paintings of these beautiful white owls. I’m particularly fond of barn owls and have worked hard over the years to protect them here where the altitudes mean their survival is precarious. Read my latest blog post on […]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Yorkshire’s 11 top wild species and where to go to see them

Yorkshire spans some of the most varied landscapes in the country; including wolds, dales, moors and a spectacular coastline. These different habitats support a wide variety of wildlife species. To celebrate Yorkshire Day this year, I’ve listed the 10 of my favourite Yorkshire species and where you should go to see them.   Barn Owls   There’s nothing more breathtaking than the sight of a barn owl silently gliding against a darkening sky and this […]

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A tour of barn owl nests on the Yorkshire Wolds

I often get asked by visitors to my gallery how the barn owls are doing locally. This year I’ve enjoyed being able to reply that these beautiful birds are faring really well. Barn owls are one of my favourite birds to study and paint and I have an extensive collection of barn owl paintings. But my relationship with these beautiful birds of prey goes deeper. I also work hard to protect their future here on […]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How I helped to rescue a juvenile peregrine that kept plunging off the top of York Minster

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon on top of a Chimney Pot in York Photo: Robert E Fuller

  A pair of peregrines have been resident on the ramparts of York Minster for many years now and I have painted the pair and photographed them too. In 2016 the pair laid eggs, but they didn’t hatch out. But this year, 2017, I was delighted to learn on the @yorkperegrines twitter feed that 2 chicks have hatched. But on Monday I received a phone call from wildlife rehabilitator Jean Thorpe. “We’ve need to go and […]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happy World Snake Day: My Snake Paintings Plus An Exciting Adder Hunt.

Today is World Snake Day and I thought I’d share some paintings from my archives with you in celebration. I have spent many hours watching and sketching grass snakes, which are common enough to see, but so far I am yet to paint an adder. Read on to see my grass snake studies and find out how I watched an adder hunt. Snakes evoke a mixture of emotions, many of them negative. Adders in particular […]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How my trip of a lifetime to Galapagos inspired new paintings

My trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2014 inspired a new range of paintings, pictured above. I was so overwhelmed by the experience I wasn’t able to put my paintbrushes when I got back! The unique species that roam these Pacific islands inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and it’s easy to see why. The Galapagos is host to the only waved albatross breeding colony in the world as well its very own endemic penguin, […]

Friday, July 7, 2017

What to do when you visit: one visitor’s guided walk around Thixendale and the Robert Fuller Gallery

A visitor to my gallery has written an excellent review of a walk you can do around my gallery. If you are planning a visit and want to make a day of it I recommend reading his blog,which I have copied below. To link directly to his blog, Andrews Walks, and to see a map of the route please click on this link :   Thixendale   Route: Thixendale Area: North Yorkshire Date of walk: 2nd July […]

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why East Yorkshire is the best place to watch gannets now

Gannets have always fascinated me, mostly because they make an excellent subject to paint. They are large birds with pure white feathers that finish in sleep black wing-tips. Their heads are a yellow colour that fades gradually into the neck and they have bright blue beaks and eyes. As an artist, I’ve always appreciated their graphic faces, which look like they have been drawn on with a fine black pencil line. Gannets are out at […]

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stories from the Kestrel Cam

I’ve been following the intimate lives of a pair of kestrels living in my garden for more than 10 years and over the years I’ve come to know them well; naming the male Kes, after my favourite Ken Loach film. Sadly last year Kes’ long-term mate passed away. But he is a resilient old bird and already had a new mate in the wings – Follow this link to read my blog post about Kes’ […]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

See My Collection of Badger Paintings

This week is National Badger Week, run by the Badger Trust to highlight the plight of badgers in the UK today. In support of the cause, I’m posting my paintings of badgers to remind people how beautiful these creatures are. This badger painting is one of my most popular and is available as a print, limited to a run of just 850. Each has been printed onto the highest quality on heavyweight water colour paper […]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

How I became accepted by a wild badger clan as one of their own

I’ve been visiting a badger sett in a valley on the Yorkshire Wolds for so long now that I have been accepted as part of the clan. Here is the story of how I got this totally wild family of badgers to accept my presence – and ended up being nicknamed a ‘badger whisperer’. Although I had been watching badgers at this particular sett for many years, the story reached a crescendo in the spring […]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Too Wet To Woo! What to do if you find an owl chick

The relentless rain we’ve had this week reminds me of the day I had to rescue two chicks in the valley below my gallery after they got caught out in several days of rain. They had only just fledged and were soaked to the skin, their feathers stuck fast to their tiny bodies so that there was no way they could fly to safety. The wet owlets were in danger of getting perilously cold so […]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bringing Up Baby Wrens: How I watched a hard working wren mum raise her chicks.

Raising young can be hard work for any parent, but among the animal parents I most admire are those that won’t be deterred from the job at hand. Like the female wren I watched one year who worked tirelessly to feed her chicks despite the efforts of her mate to distract her. I’m currently exhibiting a new range of paintings inspired by watching animals parent in the wild and I have categorised the different parenting […]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stories from Inside a Barn Owl Nest

I’ve been following the story of a barn owl pair on my nestcams throughout this breeding season and in this post I plan to tell their story from the moment the male first found the nest site last autumn to the day the young chicks fledge – and beyond. I plan to keep adding video clips as I get them. Below is the story so far: JUNE 29TH It’s been a very wet week here […]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Stoat, photographed by Robert E Fuller

Welcome to my ‘Wildlife Photo of the Week’ slot, where each week I pick a photograph from the studies I make for my paintings for you. Feel free to scroll down and see previous week’s photographs – and why not pick your own favourite and tell my why you like it in the comment box below? August 3rd: Stoat Family groups of stoats, known as caravans, are starting to disband now as the young move […]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How a farmer’s lapwing conservation efforts brought about two new paintings

Lapwing and chicks, painted by Robert E Fuller

More farmers are taking up the challenge of protecting the countryside for wildlife, with an increasing number involved in stewardship schemes. A few years ago I visited a farmer I know in Melbourne, Jeremy Kemp, who was awarded one of DEFRA’s Higher Level Stewardship Schemes. He has put aside two five acre strips for breeding lapwings and had invited me to come and see three nesting pairs on one of these dedicated areas. Lapwings are […]

Friday, June 9, 2017

The day I went down to film Springwatch Unsprung Live

I had a wonderful day yesterday. I travelled down to Sherborne Esate in Gloucestershire from my home in Thixendale, North Yorkshire. I went down to be filmed on BBC Springwatch Unsprung, which is the live analysis programme into fun wildlife stories. The Springwatch team had asked me to take down one of my original paintings, so I decided to take down my new acrylic painting of a kingfisher, below.   They also asked me to […]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How about a ‘super stoat’ to rescue South Georgia’s penguins?

I’ve been invited into the studios of BBC Springwatch for their indepth analysis programme, Unsprung. I was asked to bring in an idea for my ideal ‘fantastical animal or animal of the future’. I’m going to suggest a ‘Super Stoat’. Stoats are one of the few species that will kill rats – and rats are threatening to destroy one of my favourite species, the penguins of South Georgia. If I could breed a ‘super stoat’, […]




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