Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Watching Wildlife

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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo Atthis) Just 12cm high with strident blue plumage and the flying-style of a speeding bullet, a kingfisher can really pack a punch. But in spite of all its dazzling brilliance, it is also deeply secretive. As a wildlife artist, I made it my mission to find out more. I built an artificial nest box and watched as a kingfisher pair raised their chicks inside. Here are five of the fascinating facts I […]

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Kingfishers are undoubtedly one of Britain’s most iconic waterside birds but despite their dazzling beauty, their future is precarious. These bright blue birds are listed as ‘amber’ by conservationists – which means their future survival is in danger. They are also registered as a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, meaning they are in need of additional protection. The main challenges kingfishers face are: Cold Temperatures Kingfishers struggle to hunt in freezing […]

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Despite their bright shock of electric-blue and orange feathers, it can be difficult to spot a kingfisher in the wild. I built an entire kingfisher bank so that I could watch them up close. Click here to read about what I discovered. If you simply want to be sure of seeing one next time you are out walking, here are a few tips. Look for them along rivers and streams Kingfishers live along clean waterways, […]

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  I replaced a waterside bank with a garden shed containing a hide and an artificial nest chamber so that I could watch kingfishers inside their underground nest.  The entire project took a month and led to some incredible kingfisher studies. Click here to read more about these. I installed my hide in situ in February, long before the breeding season. Here’s how I did it. Step One: Replicating the design of a kingfisher nesting […]

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Revealing the underground world of kingfishers It’s mid-January and I’m wading thigh-high through a stream looking for kingfishers. Minnows dart before each footstep. I hear a faint high-pitched peeping sound ahead and slow my pace. A flash of orange and cobalt blue whizzes by. As an artist, I find the vivid pallet of kingfishers irresistible and I have often painted them. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about their behaviour, but I’ve always longed […]

kingfisher artwork

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This painting of a kingfisher is the result of a secret study of these brilliant birds inside their dark underground nest. I built a bespoke nest chamber and installed hidden cameras inside so that I could watch what happens when these brightly-coloured birds disappear underground to bring up their young in the dark. Filming Kingfishers Underground And I discovered an extraordinary world under there. For a start, who knew that the chicks looked like aliens? […]

children share playground with wildlife

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A New Climbing Frame Also Becomes a Playground for Wildlife Well before lockdown, when such things were possible, my wife Vick announced that she had found a bargain second-hand climbing framing for our daughters on Facebook. It was priced at £200 for a towered wooden structure with connecting walkways, swings, slides and a climbing wall. The wood alone would have cost more than that! And so, after a bit of arm twisting, we made several […]

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NEW CLICK AND COLLECT FROM THE GALLERY My gallery remains closed in line with government guidelines. However, now that we are all able to carefully venture out, you might like to know that I am now offering a free click and collect service. This means you can order through my website or telephone and I’ll pick and pack the order ready for you to collect in person. Simply place your order via the website, www.robertefuller.com […]

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My collection of penguin paintings are the result of an intrepid journey to the Antarctic. I spent five weeks navigating from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on a Russian ice-breaker. We were battered by force 12 winds, 10 metre high waves and sub-zero temperatures, but, thankfully, not being the sort of person who suffers from seasickness, these extreme conditions made the trip all the more exciting. Antarctica is an incredible […]

white hare at easter

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The Easter Bunny is a mythical creature said to have its origins in medieval times when people believed young hares hatched out of lapwing eggs. It’s strange to think that people could have been so confused, but hares have always had a hold on our imagination and legends about them abound. So imagine my excitement when, last spring, I heard rumours of a white hare living in a remote valley on the Yorkshire Wolds. White […]

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