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Photo of the Week: The Best of my Wildlife Art Photographic Studies A Wildlife Photo A Week My photographs are studies for my paintings. I’ve selected the best images of the season for you each week. From puffins photographed along the Yorkshire coast to badger cubs at play – this is the very best of British wildlife. Click here for more snapshots taken throughout the seasons.  Click here to see these photographs translates into paintings […]

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Always wanted a bullfinch in the garden? They might be one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, but they are also one of its shyest. Wildlife artist Robert E Fuller learned five tricks to get bullfinches to pose for their portraits in his country garden.   Bullfinches stand out from the crowd, but it is hard to get them to feed in your garden With its smart black cap and tail, bright pinky-red breast, and eye-catching white […]

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A winter’s night can be one of the most challenging experiences if you are a bird. Small birds can lose up to 20pc of their body weight overnight in the cold. To cope, they feed-up as much as they can in the hours before nightfall. If you watch the birds in your garden each afternoon the feeding frenzy that takes place during these crucial hours can feel like a race. The smaller the bird, the […]

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The breeding season is over for our garden birds and you would think that they would be able to take a well-earned rest. Instead, they are as busy as ever as they face the toughest round of the year: shorter days and longer, colder nights. Our migratory birds flee south, but our hardy resident birds stay put to face winter head on. It can be a harsh season for a garden bird. Their main predicament […]

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I always associate them with the run up to Christmas, when they arrive to escape the icy winters further north. So when I heard that they had begun arriving in record numbers one November along a few first flurries of snow, the news put me in seasonal mood. Waxwings migrate to the UK to take feed on our rowan berries when stocks in their native Scandinavia begin to run out. The first waxwings always land in flocks on the north east […]

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The birds that are hardest to observe usually give me the greatest rewards and the woodcock is of Europe’s most elusive birds. Essentially a wader, its plumage, an intricately patterned palette of russets, fawns, greys and blacks, is seamlessly camouflaged with the leaf litter of a woodland floor where it takes cover during the day, making it virtually impossible to observe. When disturbed, woodcock will break cover only at the last minute. Their flight is […]

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This weekend birdwatchers and novices alike will flock to Spurn Point for the Migration Festival.  This weekend-long event, which includes talks and guided walks, celebrates the annual autumn migration of birds, when 1,000s of birds leave our shores to begin their epic journeys south for the winter. This unique finger of land hooks round the Hull estuary at Yorkshire’s most easterly point and provides a natural landing stage for birds about to set off across the […]

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A grey heron is a beautiful subject to paint. It always strikes an elegant pose and its long graceful neck and black, white and grey plumage offers such fluid lines. But this ancient bird’s liking for fish has meant it has been persecuted over the years and as a species it is very wary. Only once in my life have I been close enough to a heronry to get good enough photographs to paint from. […]


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