It snowed again during the night and this could mean only one thing? My friends would need feeding again!
While I was out there feeding the birds, a sparrow hawk came through, swiftly gliding as if on a blanket of warm air, not a sound, but very powerful.
For a moment I thought it was my fault, for attracting a large number of birds to one location? This is true, as the sparrow hawk will often use regular feeding locations as a source of food, but you have to weigh up the situation!
You feed up to and usually over 100 birds at one time, sometimes one will be taken by a bird of prey! This is unfortunate, but to lose one while helping over 100 to survive the winter has to be worth it?
Below is a video of a snow covered Forest of Dean, from one of our famous viewpoints, New Fancy View! With some birds and pics at the end.
Turn the volume up!
Turn the volume up!
The gentleman was walking his dog at 06.30am, it would have been quite dark at this time and he used his torch to find his dog.
If people want to go down that route, the boar have more right to be here than the fallow deer have, as the fallow deer are not native! They were introduced by the Normans because they hunted the wild boar to extinction in the UK! They did try numerous reintroduction programmes, but guess what? They hunted them to extinction again and again before they could become re-established. So the wild boar does have a place in our forest, more so than you think.
What we must remember is that the forest is a wild place with wild animals. If you are worried about the boar and your dogs, keep them on a lead where you suspect there are boar and walk in the daytime when you can see your dog at all times. The owner of the injured dog states that this was not his first encounter and that the boar have been seen frequently in the area where his dog disturbed the boar.I value all views, so all negative and positive comments appreciated, as always.
This is my first year filming around the Forest of Dean. I have been photographing it for a long time, but I had never put a lot of time into filming, until this year.
As you can only upload 100MB of video to Blogger at one time, I had to be selective with my material and there is no music to my video as the sounds of the forest are far more superior to any music!
I hope you like what you see?
Well the weather is terrible for photography, so here is a video from earlier in the year, hope you like?
This is how you photograph snakes, you lye in the grass next to them and without shaking, push the shutter!
As you can see, the snake is not being disturbed and as long as we are quiet and calm he will be fine and will stay still long enough to allow us to get our photographs. I do not advise anyone without experience to try this, as this snake was not the only one in the vicinity and its always the one you don't see that gets ya!
The guy in the video is my nephew and fellow photographer, Paul Skelton and the snake is a male adder.
I filmed this male adder earlier in the year. He was on the other side of a wire fence, but that didn't stop me from getting a close up
Watch his nostrils flare while he is breathing.
OK, he was quite a long way away, but it is still nice to see these animals acting naturally in the wild. I have edited the clip, but I filmed him for approx 10min. He is a young dog fox, probably one of this years cubs?
Here are a couple of pics from the last few days...
Is this a true albino? Please comment...
This is quite an impressive fallow deer buck with a few of his doe's in the Forest of Dean. Sorry about the shakey camera, no tripod today!
He is not that old, but he has some pretty impressive antlers already and I can't wait to see him in a few years time.