Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Watching Wildlife

gannets at RSPB Bempton

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Three weeks after a fairly major back operation, my enforced rest was beginning to feel stifling and I was in need of a wildlife-fix. So when some friends came to stay for a weekend in July and offered to carry my cameras for me, I was off! RSPB Bempton is a Mecca for Wildlife We went to RSPB Bempton Cliffs, a nature reserve on the east coast that is host to some of Yorkshire’s largest […]

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Yorkshire spans some of the most varied landscapes in the country; including wolds, dales, moors and a spectacular coastline. These different habitats support a variety of wildlife species. To celebrate Yorkshire Day this year, I’ve listed my favourite with tips on where to go to see them. 1. Barn Owls There’s nothing more breathtaking than the sight of a barn owl gliding silently against a darkening sky and in Yorkshire you don’t have to travel […]

owl in heatwave

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As temperatures across the UK soar to record highs, heating up the countryside in the day and bringing dramatic thunderstorms at night, the owls in my garden are developing strategies to cope. So far the tawny owls are cooling off in my garden ponds, and their chicks have even adopted my daughters’ paddling pool to bathe in, but the barn owls are more unsettled – especially by the thunder. My garden pond is now a tawny […]

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Puffins are everybody’s favourite seabird and it’s not hard to see why. With their smart black and white plumage, comical walk and bright orange beaks, these small birds really stand out. Puffins in Art As an artist I love puffins for their exquisite striped bills, edged with shades of blue, grey, red, orange, yellow and cream. Their dark eyes off-set this colourful beak with coordinated red and blue eyeliner. It’s as though these birds are asking to […]

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Weasel Watch | A Story that Inspired my Paintings   I’ve followed the intimate lives of a family of weasels in my garden since 2015 and my research includes new insights into the courtship behaviour of these tiny predators. Weasels are so small and secretive it is difficult to study their behaviour. Until now, population counts have been largely conducted from specimens trapped by gamekeepers whilst behavioural studies were mainly based on captive animals. As […]

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Welcome to the latest update from my Kestrel Nest Camera!   The kestrels are laying eggs in Sycamore Stump. The eggs have come quite early, last year she laid on April 20th and they are known tend to lay between late April and early May. A typical kestrel clutch can range between three to seven eggs. These are laid at regular intervals of two days. So far this female has been like clockwork, producing two […]

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The female tawny owl is now incubating three eggs. She sits on these eggs alone for 30 days until hatching begins. This year she laid two weeks later than usual and for a while I was worried she wasn’t going to lay any eggs at all. Owls are unlike other birds in that they begin to incubate as soon as the first egg is laid. This means that the chicks hatch at different intervals and […]

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The female barn owl is now laying. She is supported by the male who brings regular meals into the box. Barn owls differ from other birds in that they incubate their eggs from the moment the first one is laid. As a consequence the chicks hatch at different times and can vary considerably in size. Scroll down to see the paintings inspired by this barn owl pair. From the beginning: Click here to read full […]

birdlife of mallorca

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Holiday in Mallorca Booked? Take Your Binoculars Most people go to Mallorca for the sun. But beyond the beach loungers lies a haven for birdwatchers. .  Click to play video If You Love Birds: Then Visit Mallorca I’ve just got back from a memorable week spent on holiday in Mallorca. It’s the third time I’ve visited this island, which is a hugely popular destination with holidaymakers thanks to its warm climate and rugged coastline. It […]

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Now is the time to put up a nest box This week is National Nest Box Week, when the British Trust for Ornithology encourages people to put bird boxes up in their gardens. The aim is to address a shortage of natural nest sites and redress a decline in garden birds.  The week kicks off on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, whilst the love is in the air. The idea is that you will be in time […]

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