It's been a while......

September 29, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I realised that it's been a couple of months since my last blog post and so thought it was time to let you all know what I have been up to.

Some of you will know that I recently returned to my parents home in the Scottish Borders after 12 years living in a Buddhist Monastery in Dumfries and Galloway. The reason for this move was mainly to help care for my grandmother but also to explore more opportunities in the field of ecology and conservation as well as spending time developing my photography.

I have a few projects lined up - next week I start my Open University degree course in Environmental Studies. I'll also embark next month on working towards gaining my Bird Ringing Licence and hopefully soon after I'll start training with Scottish Badgers. Next year will be the start, hopefully, of gaining experience and working towards my Bat Licence. All of this is incredibly exciting and I'm looking forward to it all!

In the meantime I have been scouting for some potential sites for photography. One place is Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank, about a 15 minute walk from where I live. The loch there is well frequented by people feeding the ducks and they have a healthy population of Mute Swans, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens and Tufted Ducks. I'm not sure if extra wildfowl will appear over the winter...time will tell!

Tufted_Duck-2243Tufted Ducks on Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank. Tufted_Duck-2243Tufted Ducks on Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank.

Another potential site for photography is the Bird Garden Scotland site in Oxton, on the A68 just north of Lauder. The Bird Garden aims to become a leader in the breeding and conservation of rare and endangered birds both in the UK and abroad. Although it is very much in the beginning stages it has the potential to become and excellent site to visit and learn more about birds that we wouldn't often see in the wild. Currently they have Flamingos, Black Swans, Kookaburras, Wallabies and a host of endangered ducks and geese. I hope to use the site to increase my portfolio and then, all being well, the plan is to create a Bird Garden Scotland Series of cards and prints which will be sold and a percentage of the profit will be donated to the centre to help towards their work. Watch this space!

Flamingo-2485Chilean Flamingo Kookaburra-2496Kookaburra

 

Of course, my garden and around the village offers plenty of potential for wildlife photography. The trail camera has shown regular visits to the garden by Hedgehogs, Foxes and Tawny Owls. There are also plenty of Soprano Pipistrelle Bats around and my Heath Moth Trap never fails to surprise me with interesting moths each time I open it up. Plenty of wild birds visiting the bird feeders too. 

Finally, I have my first stall at the Presents Galore Craft Fayre in Kelso on the 7th and 8th of October. I will be selling some of my photography as greeting cards and A4 mounted prints. If you are in the area and would like to pop along and say hello then I'd be very pleased to meet you!

All the best,

Lisa

 

 

 

 


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