Friday, 16 October 2009

Pics from BBC Points West

Well, I expect some will be looking for my pics featured on the TV last night, so here they are...

Fallow Doe (Dama dama)

Female Adder (Vipera berus)

Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)
White Fallow Buck (Dama dama)




  1. Hi Rob, I have just discovered your site and enjoyed reading your posts and seeing some of your lovely photos BUT what really lured me here was a letter I saw from you on Bob Bushell's site concerning the shooting of Cormorants...I am appalled! How can people be so cruel and all in the name of 'sport'

    We have a small private fishing lake near us which used to have Canada Geese, Mallards etc. there is nothing at all there now and we have heard that the owner 'deals with them'! I have no idea why this should be as they are no threat to the fish.
    I am so glad you have highlighted this dreadful practice and do hope something will eventually be done to protect such beautiful creatures as the Cormorant.

  2. Hello,
    Your photos are stunning, I'm especialy impressed with the one of Adder - I've never managed to take a photo like this one!
    Greetings for Poland:)

  3. ShySongbird,

    Yes it is dreadful and the reason birds are not welcome on fishing ponds is because they eat the fisherman’s bait!
    On the local lakes in the Forest of Dean, floating baits such as bread etc has been banned, to the disgust of the fishermen, but this has stopped the ducks, geese etc eating it and becoming hooked!
    However, cormorants actually eat the fish, sometimes up to 3 lb in weight! This annoys the fishermen to the extent that they shoot and kill them!
    DEFRA says that it is OK to shoot and kill 1 in 4 cormorants, as long as the person holds a licence to do so!
    I know for a fact that given the opportunity, all the cormorants would be exterminated on my local ponds.
    I just hope I can get some proof on film what is happening and get it stopped before it is too late!

    Hello Joo,

    Greetings back for the UK. I class the adder one as my number one photograph of all time (so far).
    From a boy, I have loved these reptiles and they are my ultimate passion. Watching, recording and photographing them gives me such a buzz.
    Even now, after years of recording sightings, I still get an adrenaline rush when I see one. The same happens with the grass snake, but because the adder is our only venomous snake, it gets the heart racing.

    Thanks for your lovely comment.