Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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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 […]

9 natural treasures

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Capturing the Glance of a Peregrine in Paint | My Painting Story This is the story of a new original acrylic painting inspired by watching peregrine falcons on live nest cameras at Salt End Chemical Park in Hull. Footage from this camera is streamed via wifi to my art studio more than 50 miles away and over the years I have watched the story unfold as this formidable peregrine pair raise three generations of chicks […]

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 […]

swallows wildlife photo of the week

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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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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 […]

Curlew and Chicks, painted by Robert E Fuller.

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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 mudflats 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 down […]

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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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