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The Robert E Fuller Blog

Monday, March 19, 2018

Filming Wildlife for TV During the Blizzards of the Beast from the East

Robert Fuller and TV Mike Dilger

I was probably one of the few people in the country pleased to see the recent forecast for snow. More than two years ago BBC’s The One Show asked me to film a five minute piece about wildlife in winter and I have been praying for ‘proper’ snow ever since! I kept a close eye on the weather forecast. A camera crew and The One Show presenter, Mike Dilger, were poised to set off from […]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wildlife Nest Cams at Fotherdale

I have more than 30 cameras postioned in my garden and the countryside surrounding my home and gallery so that at any one time I can watch the wildlife that visits. This network of secret cameras includes cameras hidden inside the nests of barn owls, tawny owls, kestrels and stoats relaying images 24 hours a day to screens inside my gallery. Every week I go through the footage and pick the best of it to […]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kestrel Cam

Welcome to my kestrel cam where I collate the best video clips of the kestrel pair living in my garden from cameras hidden inside and outside my nest boxes. The male kestrel has lived here for 11 years now and I’ve followed his daily life for so long he is an old friend. His nickname is Kes, after the kestrel in the Ken Loach feature film of the same name. Sadly Kes’ long-term partner died […]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stoat Cam

Welcome to my stoat cam where I collate the best clips of stoats from the cameras hidden inside and outside nest boxes in my garden. I’ve been watching stoats in my garden for four years now and have come to know the different characters well. I’ve even got nick names for my favourites: look out for Bandita, the female stoat that hit TV headlines at the beginning of the year after turning white in time […]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tawny Owl Cam

Welcome to my ‘tawny owl cam’ where I collate the best clips of tawny owls from cameras hidden inside and outside my nest boxes. I’ve had a pair of tawny owls nesting in a row of sycamore trees in the valley just below my garden for many years now and each year they bring their newly fledged brood to feed from my bird table. But it is only since I installed the nest cams that […]

Friday, March 9, 2018

Barn Owl Cam

Welcome to my barn owl cam where I collate the best clips of barn owls from  cameras hidden inside and outside my nest boxes. I have six or seven barn owls living in or near my garden and once one chooses a box to nest I watch it closely, getting to know its mate and the subsequent chicks. Scroll down to see the best of the footage of their story as I get it. My […]

Friday, March 9, 2018

Rare Footage Cam

Welcome to my ‘Rare Footage Cam’ where I collate the best of my nest cam footage for you in a series of short films. Each year I begin a new wildlife project in order to collect reference material for my paintings and since I’ve begun to use cameras hidden inside animal nests I’ve been uncovering some amazing secrets of how different species behave when they are hidden from view. So far my revelations have included […]

Thursday, March 8, 2018

How Photographing A Cruel Cuckoo Chick Inspired A New Painting & A Lasting Respect for Mothers

The shrill call of a young cuckoo is a sound that I don’t hear that often but when I do I recognise it immediately. It has long been an ambition of mine to photograph the chick of this unusual parasitic bird, which flies all the way from Africa to lay its egg in another bird’s nest. I last had the chance 20 years ago. (Read about that experience by clicking here.) And then again during a […]

Monday, March 5, 2018

Choose a Gift Inspired by Mother Nature and Make Mum’s Day on Sunday March 11th

Why is your mum special to you? Is she a great cook? The perfect dining companion? Or someone you’re always happy to share a cuppa with? Take a look at my fantastic range of wildlife art gifts below for some great ideas to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day. Order on-line or call 01759 368355 to place your order by telephone for guaranteed delivery this week.   How About an Apron And Oven Glove Set? Is your […]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bandita the White Stoat in my Garden is the Cutest Creature you’ll see this Winter

Bandita, white stoat photographed by Robert E Fuller

Meet Bandita, the white stoat who has been capturing hearts on social media and in the news. As a band of snow accompanied by freezing temperatures hit the UK from Eastern Europe, this cute little creature was ready for it. Stoats have the ability to turn white for essential camouflage in winter snows and Bandita’s coat turned well in advance of the arrival of ‘The Beast from the East’, as the weather front that has […]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why robins choose to nest in odd places

  One spring I hung an old storm lantern over my back door and by the end of the day a robin had begun building a nest in it. I was so excited when I saw it busily carrying dead leaves and moss into the cavity, because this meant I now had three pairs of robins nesting in the garden. Robins are very territorial and pairs will not tolerate competition, unless the food supply is […]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How to get a tawny owl to nest in your garden

Over the years, I have put up nearly 200 nest boxes for owls and kestrels and I have found some designs to be more successful than others. Attracting a tawny owl into a nest box depends on a few factors: the availability of natural nest sites in your area and the available habitat and prey.Tawny owls live in wooded or partially wooded areas; you even get them in large gardens and parks in towns and […]

Friday, February 9, 2018

How I found myself in the middle of a ‘roe ring’, the circular courtship dance performed by roe deer

Of the six species of deer resident in Britain, roe deer are my favourite. They move with an elegance which makes them an irresistible subject to paint. In summer their reddish coats stand out against the lush green landscape. Roe deer really are beautiful; they have lovely black and white muzzles, white chins and dark eyes. Although normally elusive, July and August is a good time to watch them. Not only are they rearing their fawns, […]

Friday, February 9, 2018

How to choose the right nest box for the birds in your garden and where to put it

This week is National Nest Box Week, when people are encouraged to put up nest boxes in their gardens for the birds. 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 […]

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A White Stoat in the Garden

The very best Christmas present I got this year was a white stoat appearing in my garden. For most of the year and throughout most of the British Isles, stoats are chestnut-coloured with a creamy white belly. But in prolonged snowfall they moult this brown coat and replace it with white fur. Only the black tips of the tail remain. This transformation is as an essential part of a stoat’s camouflage in winter white landscapes. […]

Friday, February 2, 2018

This Week’s Wildlife Photo of the Week: A Heron Flies in to a Heronry

Welcome to a new year of my ‘Wildlife Photo of the Week’ slot! Each week I pick a photograph from the wildlife studies I take for my paintings. I spend so much of my time out in the field watching and photographing animals in the wild that when I get home I usually have 1000s of pictures to sort through. Sometimes the poses I capture end up being replicated in my paintings, but some of […]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How I got close-up shots of one of the hardest birds to spot: the hawfinch

Whilst I was busy painting for my Christmas exhibition last October, I began to hear news of huge flocks of hawfinches arriving in the UK. As more and more sightings were recorded across the country, it became clear that we were experiencing the largest invasion of these rare finches ever recorded. Hawfinches enjoy a near-mythical status among birdwatchers, since they are among the hardest of all British birds to spot. The UK resident population is estimated […]

Monday, January 29, 2018

4 things I learned about Hawfinches in the 2017 UK Hawfinch Invasion

A rare invasion of hawfinches from Eastern Europe to Yorkshire in 2017 had bird watchers like me all of a ‘twitter’ this winter. The colony of more than 100 of these rare finches were spotted feeding on the seeds of hornbeam trees at The Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard. Hawfinches enjoy a near-mythical status among birdwatchers, since they are the hardest of all British birds to spot. Registered on the RSPB’s red list, there are […]

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Where to see red squirrels in Yorkshire and why they are worth looking for

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day and a timely reminder that one of Britain’s most beautiful species needs our help. Red squirrels are an increasingly rare sight in England. Their decline is mainly due to  a deadly pox carried by grey squirrels. But the loss of conifer woodland across the country is also a major factor  since red squirrels like to feed on the seeds in the pine cones.   Plans are afoot for a new forest along the […]

Friday, January 5, 2018

Winter Roosts: How birds survive winter’s night frosts

A winter’s night can be one of the most challenging experiences if you are a bird. Small birds can lose up to 20pc of their body weight overnight in the cold. To cope, they feed-up as much as they can in the hours before nightfall. If you watch the birds in your garden each afternoon the feeding frenzy that takes place during these crucial hours can feel like a race. The smaller the bird, the […]




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