Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Proud Dad

I would just like to say congratulations to my daughter Alice for gaining a place at Hartpury college, where she will earn a diploma in animal care.

That's my girl. x

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

White Buck Pics

Well, I didn't have to wait long to get my pics of the white buck! 24hrs to be precise. I was sat in a cramped position for just over 3hrs today when he finally showed and I was rewarded with this shot among others.

I don't think he is a true albinistic buck, just white, but that's OK.
Guess I was just in the right place at the right time, but after seeing him there yesterday, I had to try my luck again.
I also managed to snap a couple of common and a melanistic fallow deer. I also saw a menil doe the other day, but she was too far away to photograph. I Will try harder next time!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

New Deer Pics & Video from the Forest of Dean

Well, the fallow deer rut is around the corner and the doe's are already grouping. Counted 19 in two groups on Monday 21st September.
I managed to get some pics of the one group. Here they are...

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This image has been cropped to highlight the tick on top of her left ear!

Two young doe's having a bit of fun. The dark one is melanistic.

Spotted me! Oh well never mind!

OK, this is not a deer, nor is it in the Forest of Dean! It's a grey heron I photographed on the river Avon earlier this month.

This is a rare treat! A pure white fallow buck, not a true albinistic fallow buck, but impressive none the less. I filmed him on Tuesday 22nd September.
I was quite a way off and I didn't want to scare him away by trying to get closer. 50x optical zoom pulled him in though.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

What I Think

Every day I feel more and more compelled to do or write something to highlight the Forest of Dean and it's wildlife.

I have a massive passion for photography, but I can't explain my feelings for this place. Every second of every day I am thinking about it. In my own mind, nobody even comes close to the way I feel. One day when the time is right, I will dedicate my whole life to the forest and it's critters.

I have had the pleasure of meeting some very talented, extraordinary people over the last few months and this has helped me immensly.

Especially to Marcus Moore and Ben Cavanna, I say thank you.

Hope you like the poem and video and don't forget to turn the...


Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Large Grass Snake + More

Firstly, I want to apologise for being inactive lately. Had some issues, which took up a lot of my time, but I'm getting there slowly.

Here are a few pics, the first one is a Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula), which flew into my home, the second is a Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar or larvae (Deilephila elpenor), which I found in my garden, the third is a Female Adder (Vipera berus), I photographed her near Speech House in the Forest of Dean and the last is a video of a large Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), which I filmed late in the evening at one of my favourite spots in the Forest of Dean.

Hope you like?

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Female Adder

Grass Snake Video (120cm approx)