Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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gannets at RSPB Bempton

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Three weeks after a fairly major back operation, my enforced rest was beginning to feel stifling and I was in need of a wildlife-fix. So when some friends came to stay for a weekend in July and offered to carry my cameras for me, I was off! RSPB Bempton is a Mecca for Wildlife We went to RSPB Bempton Cliffs, a nature reserve on the east coast that is host to some of Yorkshire’s largest […]

wildlife photo of the week tawny owls

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Wildlife Art Photographic Studies A Wildlife Photograph 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 on my Wildlife Painting of the Week’ blog. […]

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Welcome to ‘Wildlife Photo of the Week’ where I share the best of the photographic studies that inspire my paintings. Each week I select one & relate the story behind the picture. If you feel inspired by a subject feel free to get in touch – I paint private commissions and am happy to discuss possible compositions. My number is 01759 368355 or email me on mail@robertefuller.com. To look back at my spring, summer and winter selections follow these […]

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The unmistakable sound of a curlew’’s call rings out across the Yorkshire Wolds and moors brightens up the dullest of days. These waders come in from the coastal mud flats to raise their young over the summer months. Their arrival in spring is spectacular. The males circle the valleys, surveying their new territory and calling with a crescendo of notes as they rise steeply into the air with rapid wing beats before gracefully gliding back […]

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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 […]

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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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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. […]

Bringing Up Baby: Great Crested Grebe, photo by Robert E Fuller

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Nature is full of curious things. Did you know, for instance, that great crested grebes carry their chicks on their backs and feed them feathers?These water birds make excellent parents. Male and female divide up the role, sharing a clutch between them and carrying the stripey hatchlings piggyback until they can fend for themselves. They make a floating nest in which they usually lay two eggs – one fluffy, striped hatchling for each parent to care for. Young grebes are capable […]

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I was in the greenhouse preparing seed beds with my daughter Lily when she announced, in a judgmental tone that only young children can command, that the greenhouse was ‘full of cobwebs’. I explained that I left them there deliberately for the long-tailed tits to use to build their nests from. She was fascinated as I showed her how these beautiful little birds weave a soft, delicate nest out of lichen, moss or sheep’s wool […]

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