Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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Common Kestrel  Falco Tinnunculus If you see a medium-sized brown bird hovering above a roadside, chances are its a kestrel. Also known as a ‘windhover’, a kestrel’s ability to hang suspended in the air as it pinpoints its prey is unique among birds of prey. Identifying a kestrel Male and female kestrels are quite distinct. The male has blue-grey feathers on its head and tail and chestnut-brown feathers on its back, whilst the female’s feathers […]

kestrel chicks natural treasures

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A new exhibition of my artwork opens today at my gallery in Thixendale. The theme is ‘Natural Treasures’ and is a celebration of Britain’s wildlife heritage through paintings, photography and film.  Saving Natural Treasures: A family of wild kestrels I’ve traveled the world to see some of the rarest creatures on the planet, but it is the wildlife on my doorstep that I value the most. One of these gems is Mr Kes, a wild […]

christmas wildlife advent calendar

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    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 […]

Painting by Robert E Fuller

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    I’ve just finished this painting of a midair mobbing. I was inspired to paint it after watching this plucky kestrel snatch food from a short eared owl during a particularly cold winter close to my gallery on the Yorkshire Wolds. I spent five days in deep snow and sub zero temperatures captivated by the battle between a number of short eared owls and a kestrel. Both species were trying to survive in more than […]

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I’m not really into watching the television, but this month I have been glued to the box. I’ve set up CCTV cameras in a kestrel nest box and it has had me entranced. I have been putting out food for a pair of wild kestrels since 2006 in my garden and it has given me a fascinating insight into their lives. This pair is rather like a long-standing married couple and remains together throughout the […]

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My bird table is unusual because it caters both for birds of prey such as kestrels and tawny owls as well as seed-eating birds like  include tree sparrows, goldfinches, blue tits, robins, wrens and even rarer birds like bramblings. It even draws in insect-eaters like pied wagtails to feed on the blue bottle flies attracted by the meat that I leave out for the birds of prey. Get birds of prey to feed from the […]

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UPDATE: Since witing this blog post I captured this incredible footage of a tawny owl and a barn owl fighting over a nest site. Watch how the barn owl stands its ground against a tawny twice its size! If you thought this was alarming, follow this link to watch a viscous hour-long battle between a kestrel and a barn owl! Not for the faint hearted the battle involves a clash of talons and unnerving drama […]


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