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The Best Christmas Advent Calendar of 2018 Offers A Wildlife Treasure Every Day

Welcome to my wildlife advent calendar where I’ll be sharing special moments from my wildlife watching year with you every day from now until Christmas. I hope you enjoy these daily glimpses into my secret world of wildlife and don’t forget to keep checking in for a daily dose of wonder!


On the First Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Play the video below to see the first wild creature to be featured on my wildlife advent calendar: a gorgeous Christmas robin. Watch as this red-breasted beauty as it poses on top of a stack of empty terracotta plant pots in deep snow. Keep watching to see it dive into an empty plant pot to retrieve its own prize for advent! The robins in my garden are so cheeky. Click here to read about the unusual spots they choose to nest in.

I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix http://audionautix.com/Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/… Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-cb52gUaO6w


On the Second Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

It’s time to open another window onto wildlife. Play the video below to see some really cute baby barn owls huddled together in their nest. Keep watching to see one owl spin its head 180 degrees as it follows the movements of a lazy fly in the nest. The rest of the baby owls can’t stay awake! My surveillance cameras offer a window onto the secret world of barn owls throughout the breeding season. Click here to see more gorgeous footage from this year. 

I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix http://audionautix.com/ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-cb52gUaO6w


December 3rd: Third Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

It’s time to open another window onto wildlife. Play the video below to see a kestrel tenderly feeding its young in the manger… well nest actually, but you get the Christmas theme I’ve got going here. This year my hidden cameras recorded this kestrel family inside their nest from the moment their eggs were laid. Click here to see memorable moments from the kestrel year. 

I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix http://audionautix.com/Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-cb52gUaO6w


On the Fourth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Watch the video below to see some adorable red squirrels in snow on Day three of my wildlife advent calendar. Red squirrels are such cheeky characters and here a few reveal their individual spirits as they pose in the snow for the fourth day of Christmas. Click here to read my blog post on watching the squirrels featured here. 

Music: First Noel (Instrumental) – Jingle Punks https://youtu.be/bQ9258m1q2A

 


On the Fifth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Play the video below to watch me at work. I’m painting a rare hawfinch after watching a huge flock here in Yorkshire last Christmas. Click here to read about my incredible sighting. 

Christmas Spirit By Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Promotion Video https://youtu.be/iNx3u_wmYxc Music Promoted by Chill Royalty Free Music https://goo.gl/5NfMV4


On the Sixth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Press play to see Day #6 window open onto a handsome eagle owl preening itself as if in front of a mirror. Click here to read more about the day I watched this mighty owl in Yorkshire. Keep checking in every day from now until Christmas for more memorable wildlife moments.

Underneath the Christmas Tree (Instrumental) by myuu http://www.thedarkpiano.com/ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported  — CC BY 3.0 

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/q8fX3In7Qng


 

On the Seventh Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Play today’s video to reveal a cute baby otter and its mother together. This intimate view of them tenderly huddled together and then swimming in perfect synchronicity in a sea loch is so touching. This film was taken during a visit to Scotland this summer. Click here to read more.

Santa Is Coming To Town By Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Promotion Video https://youtu.be/Mqu43pms3Fo Music Promoted by Chill Royalty Free Music https://goo.gl/5NfMV4


 

On the Eighth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

 

Watch the latest clip to see the advent window open on December 8th on to a barn owl and a tawny owl posturing. The stand-off between these owls lasted quite some time! 

I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix http://audionautix.com/ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-cb52gUaO6w


 

On the Ninth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

 

Today’s advent film will make you laugh. It features a very cute little mouse running straight up to a sparrowhawk – it is trying to pinch its food! Watch this formidable hawk. It looks as though it really can’t believe what’s happening! Keep watching for a new wildlife moment every day until Christmas.

MUSIC: Oh Little Town of Bethlehem (Instrumental) by E’s Jammy Jams https://www.youtube.com/watch?Te1VyHpq_qA&index=33&list=PL9Awn3xplT3tdumW66U6J2btZC5uoIFIF

 


On the Tenth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Adent Calendar

Watch the window open onto these cute badgers rolling down a hll – enjoy it’s the 10th day of Christmas. Keep watching my wildlife advent calendar for more memorable moments.

Music: First Noel (Instrumental) – Jingle Punks https://youtu.be/bQ9258m1q2A

 

 


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Open the window of my advent calendar to see what lies behind window number 11.

Christmas Spirit By Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Promotion Video https://youtu.be/iNx3u_wmYxc Music Promoted by Chill Royalty Free Music https://goo.gl/5NfMV4

 


 

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

The short eared owl behind today’s advent window is a delight. Watch it preen its beautiful buff-coloured feathers as it perches on this fencepost. I watched this owl on a very blustery day, watch the wind as it picks up the owl’s feathers. Click here to read my top tips on watching short eared owls.

Keith by Huma-Huma, Source: YouTube Audio Library, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPKF60kbyUA

 


 

On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar 

Click on the link below to see today’s window open onto an adorable pine marten. This cute critter can’t keep still! Watch it leap onto rocks and balance on an impossibly thin branch. Keep watching to see a wildlife moment every day until Christmas. Click here to read about the time I watched this pine marten in Scotland and see the painting this experience inspired. 

 

Santa Is Coming To Town By Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlasPromotion Video https://youtu.be/Mqu43pms3FoMusic Promoted by Chill Royalty Free Music https://goo.gl/5NfMV4

 


On the Fourteenth Day of Christmas
Wildlife Advent Calendar

Watch as Day 14 opens on my wildlife advent calendar to reveal an over-excited weasel playing in the snow. I think it must be pleased about how close it is to Christmas!

 

I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix http://audionautix.com/ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-cb52gUaO6w


 

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