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Wildlife Photo of the Week | Winter 2019-20

Wildlife Photo of the Week | Winter Wildlife

Welcome to a new season of wildlife photography featuring the very best of British wildlife. These snapshots are studies for my paintings and are also worth enjoying in their own right. My photography has twice been commended in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

In this blog post I selected the best images of the season to share with you each week. I also share some of my wildlife knowledge about the animal featured, so please keep checking in and hopefully learn something new about wildlife each week. 

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


 
January 17th, 2020

Waxwing

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Waxwings get their name from the tiny red tip at the top of their wings which is said to make them look as though they’ve been dipped in sealing wax. Look out for these beautiful birds now in shopping centres and city car parks where they love to gorge on the brightly coloured berries of ornamental trees planted there.

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January 10th, 2020

Fox Vixen

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Eerie fox calls regularly shatter the night-time quiet of the countryside in winter. These loud, wailing screams are typically made by the vixen during mating. The dogs are also very noisy as they issue a raucous triple bark to proclaim their territory. Vixens are at their most receptive to fertilisation for as little as three days in midwinter, so the dogs shadow their intended closely to ensure paternity of the spring cubs.

Click here to read more about watching foxes in the wild.

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January 4th, 2020

Bullfinch

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Bullfinches are one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, but also one of the country’s shiest and therefore only likely to venture into gardens in winter when food is scarce. Listen out for their quiet calls of ‘dew’ as they contact one another when in traveling in flocks.

Click here to read my top tips on how to get bullfinches in your garden

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December 28th, 2019

Red Squirrel

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Did you know red squirrels can be either right-handed or left? They have five strong digits on each paw which each act a bit like thumbs. They use their front ‘hands’  to crack open nuts and acorns which they have stashed away for cold winter days.

Click here to read about red squirrels in Yorkshire

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December 21st, 2019

Robin

Wildlife Photo of the Week

Today is National Robin Day. Robins are generally thought of as friendly because of the way they will hop right up to people and often even cock their heads to one side to look a gardener right in the eye. In fact, this fearlessness is a sign of aggression. These birds are fiercely territorial and this trait is the thing that helps them survive the bitter competition for food in winter. 

Click here to read my blog on how birds survive the winter cold.

 


 
December 14th, 2019

Barn Owl

Wildlife Photo of the Week 

Barn owls often stand on one leg in winter to keep warm, alternatively lifting the other leg into the insulation and warmth of their feathers in order to avoid frostbite.

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December 7th, 2019

Grey Seal

Wildlife Photo of the Week 

Now is the time to see grey seals. These lumbering sea mammals haul themselves onto beaches in huge numbers to give birth. The closest seal colonies to Yorkshire are at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire or on the Farne Islands in Northumberland.

Click here to read my story of watching seals for a painting

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