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Wildlife Photo of the Week | Spring 2020

Wildlife Photo of the Week | Spring Art Studies

I paint directly from my own wildlife photographs and so much of my time is spent out in the field watching animals. In this blog, I’ve selected the best images of the season to share with you each week. From badgers emerging from underground to the first swallows of summer, these are the art studies that inspire my artwork.

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


 
March 28th, 2020

Kingfisher (Alcedo Atthis)

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Now is the time to see kingfishers courting. These birds are normally solitary so if you see more than one it’s worth stopping to watch. The male will fish for his intended, offering her his catch in outstretched beak. To tell the difference between male and female, look for a line of orange on the lower beak of the female, like a streak of lipstick.

Click here to see my collection of kingfisher paintings  | Click here to read how I watched kingfishers inside their nest 


 
March 20th, 2020

Woodpecker (Dendrocopos Major)

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Hearing a woodpecker drumming is one of the first signs of spring.  The thudding is the woodpecker equivalent to song , used to mark out territory and impress mates. The males peck so hard and so fast that they ought to get headaches, but their skulls are cushioned by a matrix of minute pockets of air, supported by strengthened ‘shock absorber’ bone tissue.

Click here to read the story behind a painting of woodpeckers in the nest

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March 14th, 2020

Frog (Anura)

Wildlife Photo of the Week 

Frogs and toads amass in garden ponds and lakes in early spring to spawn. If you live anywhere near water you can hear the noisy croaking of the males as they try to attract a mate. These amphibians can look quite alarming as the males latch onto the backs of females, kicking away competitors until the female releases her eggs. Once the eggs are fertilised the frogs disperse to resume their solitary lives.

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March 7th, 2020

Hare (Lepus)

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Mad March Hare: The sight of hares racing across fields and leaping up to box one another is said to be one of the first signs of spring, but in fact hares box all year round. If you see more than one of these normally solitary animals, stop to watch: they are sure to begin boxing and racing.

Click here to read how hares box in snow

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