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Photo of the Week | Autumn 2019

Photo of the Week |Autumn Art Studies

My photographs are studies for my paintings. I’ve selected the best images of the season for you each week. From swallows photographed shortly before they migrate for the summer to badgers spotted in my garden – this is the very best of British wildlife.

Click here to see these photographs translates into paintings on my Wildlife Painting of the Week’ blog.


 
October 29th, 2019

Barn Owl Chicks

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Barn owls chicks usually hatch in spring but this year owl parents have been busy all summer raising second and even sometimes third broods. This boom in baby owls is thought to be due to a surge in the population of voles, this species’ favourite food. The barn owls in my garden raised two broods this year.

Click here to read the story from my Barn Owl Nest Camera

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October 12th, 2019

Red Stag

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Red stags adorn their antlers with grass and leaves to impress females. They also roll in muddy shallows to add a ‘perfume’ to their musky smell in an attempt to be more attractive. The red deer mating season, known as the red deer rut is now in full swing..Read more.

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October 5th, 2019

Short Eared Owl

Wildlife Photo of the Week 

I had a short eared owl in my garden for the first time ever! Scroll down to see a short clip of it perched on a branch taken from my wildlife cameras.  Short eared owls arrive along the Yorkshire coastline from their Scandinavian summer breeding grounds at this time of year, but this was a first for me.

Click here to read my blog post on where to look for short eared owls.

 

 


 
September 28th, 2019

Nightjar

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Most people have never seen a nightjar, but they will probably have heard one. These grey-brown birds have a barred plumage that is perfectly camouflaged against tree bark, making them difficult to spot in daylight. But at night the males make a loud ‘churring’ noise. This unique sound is made up of 1,900 notes a minute. Now is your last chance this year to hear this unusual sound, since these birds are heading back to South Africa on their winter migration.

 


September 21st, 2019

Red Squirrel

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Next week is Red Squirrel Week when wildlife conservationists hope to raise awareness for schemes to protect native squirrels. Once common, red squirrels have declined rapidly since the 1950’s and continue to be in serious decline due to disease, the loss and fragmentation of woodland habitat and competition from the more robust grey squirrel.  

Click here to read my story of photographing the squirrel below in Yorkshire.

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September 14th, 2019

Swallow

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Swallows start their 6,000-mile migration back to southern Africa now. This exodus marks the end of summer here in the UK. These sleek black-backed birds fly up to 200 miles a day, feeding on insects as they cross the Sahara. The next time we see them it will be spring when they make this epic journey back again to breed.

Click here to read my story of a late brood in a storm lantern on my porch and see the painting they inspired

 

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September 6th, 2019

Otter Cub

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Otter cubs can’t swim until they are at least two months old. Thankfully they have two layers of fur, which not only keeps them extra warm but also helps keep them afloat since air is trapped close to their skin.  Their thick coats are made up of around a million hairs per square inch and are the thickest of all mammals. 

Click here to read my story of watching an otter cub and its mother in Scotland.

 

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Enjoy my wildlife photographs? Click here for more snapshots taken throughout the seasons. 

 


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