Winter...

March 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The last few months haven't exactly been the most exciting in terms of wildlife photography. Plenty of strong wind and flooding has given me little chance to get out with the camera and when I have managed then I've not really managed to capture anything of any real note. It's led to me feeling quite down about it all and wondering whether it's worth pursuing....

However, the last couple of weeks have improved somewhat and I'm really happy that I managed to finally catch up with the Otter (Lutra lutra) family on the river Tweed. With several failed attempts under my belt I was over the moon to finally spot them and managed to spend a good 45 minutes sitting on the river bank watching them play and feed. I managed a few photos that I'm happy with but did put the camera down for a while and just enjoyed the experience.

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I've also managed to locate a potential new site for photography which is showing good signs of woodland birds, foxes and badgers. My first visit there gave me a wonderful experience with a wild, countryside fox that was resting quietly and enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

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One of the definite highlights of the last few months though has been the interest shown in birding and photography by my 11 year old nephew. He and I have been out several times to various nature reserves or local community woodlands. He's showing a great ability in his bird ID skills and in his photography and I'm looking forward to being part of that journey with him. We need to encourage youngsters to connect more with nature...

Hopefully the next few months will continue to bring plenty of opportunity for photography and I'll be continuing on with my badger surveys (a blog update to follow on that soon), working towards my bird ringing permit and several surveys for the BTO. I'm also hoping to start working with the local Red Squirrel group to try and re-establish a healthy Red Squirrel population in the Scottish Borders.

Till next time.....

 


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