Rpbert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Wildlife in Winter

Robert Fuller and TV Mike Dilger

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I was probably one of the few people in the country pleased to see the recent forecast for snow. More than two years ago BBC’s The One Show asked me to film a five minute piece about wildlife in winter and I have been praying for ‘proper’ snow ever since! I kept a close eye on the weather forecast. A camera crew and The One Show presenter, Mike Dilger, were poised to set off from […]

Bandita, white stoat photographed by Robert E Fuller

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Meet Bandita, the white stoat who has been capturing hearts on social media and in the news. As a band of snow accompanied by freezing temperatures hit the UK from Eastern Europe, this cute little creature was ready for it. Stoats have the ability to turn white for essential camouflage in winter snows and Bandita’s coat turned well in advance of the arrival of ‘The Beast from the East’, as the weather front that has […]

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The very best Christmas present I got this year was a white stoat appearing in my garden. For most of the year and throughout most of the British Isles, stoats are chestnut-coloured with a creamy white belly. But in prolonged snowfall they moult this brown coat and replace it with white fur. Only the black tips of the tail remain. This transformation is as an essential part of a stoat’s camouflage in winter white landscapes. […]

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I am currently exhibiting a new collection of paintings of wildlife in winter and I thought I would share with you the photographic and video research that went into this new series. I am particularly interested in how animals behave when the temperatures drop and so whenever it snows I like to get out with my camera to see what I can find. This is a really magical time. Not only does the world turn […]

painting by Robert E Fuller

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UPDATE: This post was written after heavy snows in 2011. Since then the farmer next door to my gallery has also planted a very successful conservation strip. Read the following post on how it drew in huge flocks of rare birds right outside my window! A brambling bonanza thanks to the farmer next door.     David Hockney said in an interview about his paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds that there was “no such thing […]

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Although they are not native birds, I often associate flocks of waxwings with the run up to Christmas. These colourful birds flock in from Scandinavia each year to escape the icy winters or poor rowan berry harvests there. They reach the East coast first before spreading west in search of food. Waxwings are renowned for invading city parks, shopping centre car parks and gardens after plundering the sources of berries in the countryside. So watch out as […]

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Exactly three days before the snow fall last week, I spotted this white stoat hunting in the valley opposite. I watched it hunting and then put out food and set up a camera trap. The shot I got is a bit fuzzy. But it has been interesting to see how well camouflaged it’s ermine coat was when the snow then fell. Meanwhile the stoats in my garden are continuing to enthral me. Stoats are known […]

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I photographed this stoat in ermine over Christmas, he was almost completely white except for his face. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a white stoat in this area in the winter. I expect he looks a little out of place now that the snow has melted!


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