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07th October 2017
Well Hellllllllllllllooooooo my friends. Well first things first. Yay.......I entered a competition this year which to me is unusual. Anyway I won the central England category for Bird Life. The competition was the British Photography Awards so I'm happy with that and who knows I may start to enter a few more. Moving on to local affairs, things are hotting up at my hide with the first winter visitors arriving with my first Siskin of the year which is always great. Lots of visits by woodpeckers, Long Tailed Tits, Jays, plus all the other stuff and now the days are pulling in the birds are feeding a lot more. The star of the show is still the Buzzards which are very regular with visits most days. This week I had a little go and within 2 hours I had a beautiful Buzzard in front of me in superb light. For me I took one of the best pictures I have ever taken of this stunning bird. This one was a different one to my usual two that visit. Watching my motion camera today I'm glad to see the Tawny Owl has arrived again feeding on the carcass and the fox visited too which again is great. Had a trip out to Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this week and the Bearded Tits are showing really well. Kingfisher, Bittern and lots of other interesting birds are on show. There was a lovely family of water voles in the dipping pound which were really tame and came out all the time. Sadly there has been a mink seen this week on more than one occasion at this pond which is very bad news. The days of this family if not over yet, will be limited unless its caught. Fingers crossed they are ok but I know lots of people are really worried.
I have had my last Macro session of the year with the frogs which went well. I'm still undecided if I do them next year but I guess if there is enough interest I will. Just a note.....to work with things that are slippery and jump a lot is not easy!!
Kit wise I have just got a 70-200 2.8 for the ospreys next year. I had one before but sold it. A great lens and pleased its now back in my bag.
Next week I'm photography Foxes (hopefully) Down South and although I have had a little go at the Red Deer rut this year I may well have another go next week. I've not been as the overnight temps have been too high and I need a bit of mist and able to see the Deer's breath when he roars. Fingers crossed.
Anyway that's about it for now and hopefully some foxes and deer images for my next blog. Thanks for reeding this and I will leave you with a couple of recent images. One of a lovely Red Stag and the other is a Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar.
Laters. XX

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