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Rpbert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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Weasels and stoats are among the world’s smallest predators, and yet they figure large in the human psyche, appearing in legends and myths from around the world. Stories of their prowess date back to our ancient times when they were associated with witches and believed to be omens of death. The ancient Macedonians believed that seeing a weasel was a good omen, whilst the ancient Greeks held the superstition that a weasel was an embittered bride […]

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There is a saying that ‘a weasel is weasel-ey recognised and a stoat is stoat-ally different’, but it only serves to confirm how difficult it is to tell the two species apart. These little brown mustelids are both fast and ferocious, with sinuous bodies and short legs. But there are a few key indicators to look for if you see a tiny, slim brown mammal slip through the undergrowth at speed. Black tip to the tail: […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

Art print by Robert E Fuller

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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 […]

Bringing Up Baby: Great Crested Grebe, photo by Robert E Fuller

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Nature is full of curious things. Did you know, for instance, that great crested grebes carry their chicks on their backs and feed them feathers?These water birds make excellent parents. Male and female divide up the role, sharing a clutch between them and carrying the stripey hatchlings piggyback until they can fend for themselves. They make a floating nest in which they usually lay two eggs – one fluffy, striped hatchling for each parent to care for. Young grebes are capable […]

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This weekend is the RSPB annual ‘Big Garden Birdwatch ’, an opportunity for us all to help the conservation charity count up Britain’s bird species. Long tailed tit on catkins. Painting by Robert E Fuller. This national counting exercise is, in fact, the largest citizen-nature observation in the world, and last year around 500,000 people got involved. I think it is a great thing to do and usually take time out to count the birds in my own […]

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Don’t forget to take part in the RSPB big garden birdwatch this weekend. Apparently the RSPB is expecting more unusual ‘countryside’ birds like this brambling to feature this year because the cold weather has tempted more of these shier species to try the feeders in suburban gardens.My garden is so rural that I already get a lot of dunnocks, fieldfares, bramblings and red wings, but it will be interesting to see what the results of […]

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It’s the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend. I’m going to go over and spend an hour with my two nephews and neice, ticking off the birds we see in their garden. But, for the sake of consistency with last year’s efforts, I also plan to do it again when I get home.The RSPB has run this event for 30 years and last year up to half a million people took part. It helps […]


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