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Friday, March 24, 2017

How I Paint : A Red Stag in a Highland Landscape

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. He was truly magnificent and I’ve already painted his portrait twice since but I wanted one painting set against the […]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Are Leverets the Real Easter Bunnies?

Leverets at Givendale, Art Print by Robert E Fuller

As Easter approaches and the world turns its attention to mythical bunnies, I’ve been thinking of one Easter when I was privy to a very secretive wildlife encounter: the brief moment a hare nursed its leveret.   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 its young they thought the lone leverets they spotted in the fields had […]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Watching Wildlife: Why You Should Try Walking at Night

Badgers on Night Watch: Art Print by Robert E Fuller

I can’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 I’m already fairly attuned to using my ears. I […]

Friday, March 17, 2017

Celebrate Spring with my Springtime Collection

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. It […]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Choose a really wild art gift this Mother’s Day: Sunday March 26th

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.  Maybe your mother enjoys feeding and watching the birds in her garden? Or possibly her favourite animal is a hare? I’ve personally chosen the items on this list with […]

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mother Nature

  As Mother’s Day approaches I’m reminded of how strong the nurturing instinct is in parent birds and how some birds run themselves ragged trying to keep up with the demands of their young. This really hit home one 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 […]

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Red Kites At Thixendale

  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 these 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 […]

Monday, February 20, 2017

Why I taught my daughter not to spring clean

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 ‘full of cobwebs’. 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 sheep’s wool […]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ten tips on how to put up a nest box

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 […]

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grebe Reed Dance: Is this the most romantic Valentine gesture ever?

It’s Valentine’s Day soon. Perhaps you’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 […]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine lore: Are Animals Romantic?

Albatross Pair, painted by Robert E Fuller. More info and to buy As Valentine’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 – […]

Friday, February 3, 2017

ITV’s Calendar on how I have adapted my garden to study wildlife

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 […]

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fidget the Weasel to star on TV

A camera crew from The One Show are in my studio today filming Fidget, the weasel I took in as a tiny kit after he was found abandoned in York last year. Followers of my blog will know that I have spent the last few years studying weasels in the wild for my paintings. I’ve had surveillance cameras trained on a family of wild weasels living in my garden and have monitored their behaviour closely. […]

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A skating stoat!

Playful stoat cubs, acrylic painting by Robert E Fuller I have a fantastic video clip of a stoat examining the ice on the pond in my garden. It’s incredible to watch the stoat as it encounters the thin film of ice on the water. This young male is just a year old so it could possibly be the first time it has come across ice. Watch the video link below to see how it pauses […]

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A brambling bonanza thanks to the farmer next door.

This year my farming neighbours, John Midgley and his son Richard, provided me with the most priceless bird watching season that I have ever experienced. From my studio window, I have a commanding view over four miles of one of the most beautiful parts of the Yorkshire Wolds. This landscape is where I get a lot of my inspiration from for my paintings. It is also where most of my wildlife encounters take place. Last […]

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Brave Barn Owl Sees off a Tawny Owl Attack

Watch how this barn owl holds its own when a tawny owl twice its size flies into the tree it is roosting in! The barn owl bows its head when it spots the tawny coming in, then goes into an impressive defense posture: head lowered, wings up and extended back. This pose is known as ‘manteling’: making a mantle of his wings to make himself look bigger. Like a superhero posturing or a bullfighter fanning […]

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Watch My TV tour of Wolds Way Way on BBC1 on January 20th

I’m going to be giving a tour of the wildlife to be found along the Yorkshire Wolds Way in a new series on TV next week. ‘The Yorkshire Wolds Way’ is a new two-part programme due to be aired across the Yorkshire region, spanning both the Leeds and Hull areas, on Friday 13th and 20th of January, and then screened nationally on BBC2 in March. I feature in the second episode on BBC1 on Friday […]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Brush up on your ID skills with me for the RPSB Garden Birdwatch

Visit my gallery in Thixendale later this month  to learn how you can become a civilian scientist for the RSPB’s annual bird census. Brush up on your bird knowledge with my informative display on how to identify birds and join an expert ornithologist on Sunday Jan 29th to identify species in my garden. There will also be a video on how to recognise different species. The RSPB annual ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ is an opportunity for us all to help […]

Monday, December 19, 2016

Kestrel kicks at my ‘bird table with a difference’

This month BBC’s The One Show featured the bird table in my garden in Thixendale. My bird table is unusual because it caters both for birds of prey such as kestrels and tawny owls and seed-eating birds, which  include tree sparrows, goldfinches, blue tits, robins, wrens and even rarer birds like bramblings. It even draws in insect-eaters like pied wagtails, which feed on the blue bottle flies attracted by the meat that I leave out […]

Friday, December 9, 2016

Seal Pups on the Beach

I have a painting of a grey seal pup that I am yet to finish. I was inspired to begin it after watching seals at Donna Nook, an RAF-owned beach in Lincolnshire. Every year between November and January huge numbers of these lumbering sea mammals haul themselves up on to this beach to give birth. It is the only place near here that one can really study them up close and it is bizarre that […]

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