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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

Bringing Up Baby: 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 22ND I now have seven barn owl chicks […]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Welcome to my ‘Wildlife Photo of the Week’ slot, where each week I pick a photograph from the studies I make for my paintings to highlight for you. Feel free to scroll down – and why not pick your own favourite and tell us why you like it in the comment box below? June 19th: Badger Cub This week I’ve chosen a badger cub, in support of National Badger Week, which begins on Saturday June […]

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’, […]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Story Behind my TV Kingfisher Film

Wildlife Artist Research Robert E Fuller

I’ve been filming a kingfisher pair inside their underground nest from cameras hidden in a box I made especially for them and the footage has been so groundbreaking I featured on BBC Springwatch. I’ve felt like a bit of a spy looking in on their daily interactions. My last blog tells the story up to the point that the first eggs were hatched. Click here to read it. After two weeks of incubation the male […]

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Exhibition: Sneak Peak of my Brand New Originals

I thought you’d like to see all my very latest originals for my exhibition Bringing up Baby which opens on Saturday at my gallery at Thixendale. Read more about the exhibition here. I was able to watch this lapwing brood its chicks thanks to a stewardship scheme on a farm in East Yorkshire. Lapwings lay on arable fields and their nests can often be destroyed without protection such as those afforded by these stewardship schemes. Read more […]

Monday, May 29, 2017

My new range of art prints is out now

Art Print by Robert E Fuller

I’ve brought out a new range of limited edition prints. Each print is printed to the highest quality on heavyweight watercolour paper using light fast inks. The print are individually numbered and signed by myself. Each is available to buy either loose, mounted or framed. The loose print is just the paper print itself. The mounted print is the loose print with a sturdy cardboard surround ready to put in a frame. The framed print includes […]

Monday, May 29, 2017

How a midair mobbing inspired a new painting of a kestrel attacking an owl

Painting by Robert E Fuller

    I’ve just finished this painting of a midair mobbing. I was inspired to paint it after watching this plucky kestrel snatch food from a short eared owl during a particularly cold winter close to my gallery on the Yorkshire Wolds. I spent five days in deep snow and sub zero temperatures captivated by the battle between a number of short eared owls and a kestrel. Both species were trying to survive in more than […]

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

12 Different Ways Animals Bring up Babies in the Wild

Art Print: Alternative Easter Gift

I’ve been studying the parenting styles of different animals for a new exhibition of paintings showing at my gallery at Thixendale, North Yorkshire, from June 3rd – 25th and through my intensive studies I’ve noticed how animal parents fall into distinct categories. Some are clucky, endearingly attentive to their youngster’s every need, others are pushy, urging their offspring out into the world as soon as they are able, and a few are shockingly neglectful. Here are my observations of […]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Infidelity Rocks All Families: I watched a curlew unable to brood because her mate was flirting

Art print by Robert E Fuller

Like many birds, curlews tend to form monogamous relationships: the male and female taking turns in rearing their young. But last month I came across a pair on the Yorkshire moors where the male seemed to be playing away and his faithlessness seemed to be disrupting his female’s ability to brood her eggs. I first spotted the female on her nest. She seemed to be very restless and couldn’t seem to concentrate on the job of brooding. In […]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Are tawny owls the most devoted parents in nature?

Barn Owl painting by Robert E Fuller

The tawny owls that feed in my garden each night have been bringing their chicks to the bird table and this week there were eight all balancing on the branch outside my living room window!  It has been fantastic watching them at such close quarters, they are such characters. The way they bob up and down when they spot something new is so funny. I’ve been putting food out for tawny owls to encourage them […]

Friday, May 19, 2017

How I watched a formidable pair of curlews defend their chicks

The unmistakable sound of a curlew’s call rings out across the Yorkshire Wolds and moors brightens up the dullest of days. These waders come in from the coastal mud flats to raise their young over the summer months. Their arrival in spring is spectacular. The males circle the valleys, surveying their new territory and calling with a crescendo of notes as they rise steeply into the air with rapid wing beats before gracefully gliding back down […]

Friday, May 19, 2017

How I made an artificial kingfisher bank to watch kingfisher’s inside their underground nest

    This year I have undertaken my most ambitious wildlife project yet: to watch kingfishers via cameras hidden inside their underground nest chamber for a new exhibition of paintings on how different animals raise their young. My footage has been so ground breaking that BBC Springwatch plan to use it in this year’s series, which begins next week.   The project began after a friend who has fishing lakes where kingfishers have nested for […]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bringing Up Baby: An Art Exhibition Focusing on How Animals Parent

From pushy parent owls to clucky mother ducks, the different parenting styles of British wildlife are the focus of my summer art exhibition, running at my gallery in Thixendale from June 3rd- 25th.   Join me at my gallery in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds for an unforgettable day browsing my latest detailed paintings, bronze sculpture and limited edition prints. My studio will be open so you can see my research photographs and I’ll be showing the best video clips of the […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Are long-tail tits the most sociable birds?

I’ve been watching a pair of long-tail tits begin their courtship process. These delicate little birds are one of Britain’s earliest breeders. They begin pairing up in late January and early December and by Valentine’s Day many of them have already begun nesting. You often see the courting couple chasing one another through hedgerows at this time.  Both male and female birds have a soft, pinky plumage and together make a very ‘pretty’ pair – […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Why I spent a week crammed in a wendy house to watch a fox with her cubs

    As a wildlife artist, I have always been fascinated by the sight of a fox slinking through the countryside. They are essentially elusive, which is part of their appeal. But truly wild foxes are virtually impossible to study at close quarters. One slight whiff of human scent, or click of a camera, and they’re off. To make the task more challenging still, the vixen regularly moves her cubs if she is disturbed. In […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Why the Yorkshire Wolds is the Best Place to Live if you like Wildlife

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is currently featuring on a TV series presented by the explorer Paul Rose on BBC2 and on Saturday’s episode, which will be screened at 8pm on May 20th, I will be featured showing Paul Rose and his viewers the wildlife that can be found along the route. I really welcome the opportunity to show off this incredible region. This is where I grew up and where I have lived most of […]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where to see otters in East Yorkshire

I’ve been trying to study otters one and off for the last few years. It is hard work as they are largely nocturnal and very secretive. Often, I’ve only had a fleeting glimpse of one, which is not enough to allow me to study it for a painting. I’ve been trying to watch one individual that I knew was living along a tributary of the river Derwent. I set up some camera traps. These work […]

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