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Wildlife Photo of the Week: Autumn 2018

Welcome to ‘Photo of the Week’ where I share the best of the 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 links: Winter 2018 | Spring 2018 | Summer 2018


 

October 19th 2018

Stoat Leap

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wildlife photo of the week stoat

Small, slim and secretive, stoats are difficult to spot in the wild. Although common, these ferocious predators slip through the undergrowth so fast that few people have ever seen more than a glimpse of one. The secret to their success is their speed and agility. These tiny creatures are mainly found hunting on the ground , but they are just as adept at climbing and can leap from tree to tree with the agility of a squirrel. Click here to read about how I made an obstacle course to test out the climbing skills of a stoat in my garden so that I could learn more about this little-known mammal and see the paintings this experience inspired.

Weasels and Stoats – Mustelids and Me

 


October 12th 2018

Short Eared Owl Migration

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wildlife photo of the week short eared owl

The autumn bird migration has begun in earnest. Now and over the next month or so we can expect an influx of birds from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe to our shores. These include short eared owls that have flown here from Norway and Sweden to escape the cold. These beautiful buff-coloured birds of prey are easy to spot because unlike most owls, they hunt in daylight. Look out for them hunting in groups over rough grassland. Click here to read my blog post on the best places to see short eared owls and when to look for them.

How to spot short eared owls & where to go to see them

 


 

October 5th 2018

Bullfinch

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wildlife photo of the week bullfinch

The hedgerows are ablaze with jewel-bright berries now. Hawthorns hang heavy with ruby-red clusters, wild roses sag under the weight of shiny hips, and sloes twinkle out from the dark of blackthorn bushes. This year’s abundance is a direct response to the long, dry summer. Plants react to the prolonged stress of a lack of water by offering their very best; as if the glut might be their last. I photographed this bullfinch making the most of the abundance. Click here to read how I planted my garden to attract bullfinches and what you can do to get them in your garden.

How to get bullfinches in your garden: 5 things to do to attract these beautiful birds

 


September 28th 2018

Red Squirrel

Wildlife photo of the week

wildlife photo of the week

Red squirrels need our help. According to the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, they could be extinct from England within 10 years.  I’ve chosen to post this photograph to celebrate Red Squirrel Awareness Week. It was taken whilst watching a rare population in the Dales. Click here to read about this amazing experience. Few people in England have seen red squirrels and some find it hard to spot them even in nature reserves where they are known to thrive. The trick is to look up for their nests, known as dreys, high in the trees. If there are half chewed pine cones scattered on the forest floor below, chances are there are red squirrels scampering in the trees above.

 


 

September 21st 2018

Rhino

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wildlife photo of the week rhino

 

It’s World Rhino Day tomorrow and to celebrate I thought I’d share this photograph of a powerful male I watched in Namibia. These animals need to be protected before we lose them for good. This was a research photograph for a painting I exhibited to support endangered wildlife, but the story behind the photograph is interesting because this particular rhino actually charged me. It was a stark reminder of how wildlife needs to be respected.  Click here to read the full story and to see the painting this experience inspired. 

A Close Encounter with a Rhino


September 14th 2018

Industrial Peregrine Falcon

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wildlife photo of the week industrial peregrine

This year I’ve been photographing a pair of peregrine falcons at a nest in an industrial chemical plant in Hull. Its been a very different experience for me. I occasionally venture in to urban spaces to watch wildlife, but I had never been into an industrial site before. It was incredible to see how these birds have adapted to life amidst the noise and smells of heavy industry. I was given unique access to film the peregrines by Vivergo Fuels, a bio-fuel plant based at the site that has taken on the role of protecting these birds. Read more about my incredible experience here and see more of the photographs I took of the chicks and the paintings they inspired by clicking here.

How filming a peregrine falcon nest in an industrial zone inspired new paintings

Peregrines are the most successful examples of urban wildlife. These formidable hunters can fly at speeds of up to 242 mph, making them the fastest animals in the world. Read more fascinating peregrine facts by clicking here. 

All you need to know about peregrine falcons: the facts

 


 

September 8th 2018

Ringed Plover

Wildlife photo of the week

 

ringed plover wildlife photo of the week

 

This week conservationists celebrated ‘World Shorebirds Day’ in an attempt to raise awareness of a decline in shoreline habitats. This ringed plover is an example of why shorebirds are worth protecting. A small, dumpy, looking bird, it is endearing to watch as it runs full pelt along a beach or muddy river bank and then stands stock still, head cocked looking for crustaceans or worms. It is believed that its fast footwork mimics the sound of raindrops and lures this prey to the surface.

 


 

I hope you have enjoyed my weekly photographs. To see more take a look at my Wildlife Photo of the Week: Spring, Wildlife Photo of the Week: Summer and  Wildlife Photo of the Week: Winter
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