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Rpbert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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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 […]

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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 […]

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I like to think there is a reciprocal relationship between my conservation work and my paintings – I do a creature a good turn and it helps me out by posing for its portrait. Never was this truer than with the painting of a hedgehog. I have never painted this prickly creature up until now as it’s a subject that I’ve always considered a bit ‘twee.’ In fact I have to confess to habitually letting out […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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