Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Watching Wildlife

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I am expecting two tawny owl chicks to hatch next week, and I hope to share the moment they emerge from their eggshells, all feather-wet and wobbly, on my YouTube livestream. The eggs were laid in mid-January, the earliest I have known tawny owls to have a clutch here in Thixendale. Normally, this species lay in late February or March. Filming Tawny Owls in the Nest Tawny owls are very secretive, so I’ve only managed […]

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Albatross Pair |Limited Edition Print | Click to buy Animal Romance 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. Animal Emotions are Intricate I think we share all the same […]

little owl

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A Window onto the World of Little Owls I have begun an ambitious new project to install cameras inside a little owl nest so that I can learn more about the secret life of Britain’s smallest owl. The plan is still in its infancy and I have a lot to do before the breeding season begins. Little Owls Always Look Cross Little owls stand at just 20cm tall and have piercing yellow eyes topped with […]

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This blog follows the lives of a barn owl family living near my home in Fotherdale, North Yorkshire. As a wildlife artist, I use surveillance cameras to study owls for my paintings and over the years I have learned the individual story of each owl that lives here. Read on to meet Finn, the resident male, and his mate Gylfie, and learn about their brand new owl romance. It is very early in the breeding […]

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A Christmas Romance As I paint, I can see pair of courting barn owls on a TV monitor next to my easel. The owls are standing side by side, the feathers of their folded wings gently touching. Their secret love story is being relayed from video cameras hidden in a nest box located high in a sycamore tree 200 metres from my art studio. The pairing of these two owls marks a happy end to […]

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As the snow fell here in Yorkshire this week I was reminded of a winter morning in similar December snows. I had woken early enough to see the thick blanket of snow lit up by moonlight. My first job each morning was to light the log burners. The cold air took my breath away as I stepped out on to the porch to fetch the wood. The thermometer on the wall read  -14ºC. After a […]

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From deer emerging from woodland to owls flitting over evening skies, meet the wildlife art models that inspired my paintings this season. Click here to see a weekly update of paintings these photos have inspired. February 14th, 2021 Barn Owl (Tyto Alba) Wildlife Photo of the Week  Listen out for the soft screeches of barn owls at night now. These haunting calls are made by males trying to attract a mate. If a female responds, […]

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I have a painting of a grey seal pup propped against the easel in my studio 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 […]

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The moment a hare visits its young is one of nature’s most intimate secrets. This is the story of the time I was lucky enough to capture it on camera in my garden. Uncovering a secret  As I crossed the woodland behind my art gallery I heard something moving in a small clump of hazels. I looked up just in time to see a hare lollop away. I peered into the spot it had just […]

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This is the extraordinary story of an only barn owl chick whose lonely, chequered, life was recorded on cameras hidden inside her nest. Read on for an owl drama that, looked at from a human perspective, spans love, loss, and even murder! Of course as a barn owl, all this is normal! Live Cameras in my Art Studio  Next to my drawing board sits a bank of TV screens streaming live footage from inside animal […]

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