‘Halcyon River Diaries’ is the story of one family’s year living by a West Country river and its written by award-winning wildlife writers and photographers Charlie Hamilton James and Philippa Forrester.The book is their chance to share the passion and to inspire other families to get out there and enjoy our rivers and the wildlife the live in and around them.Charile – ‘We where invited by the BBC to make a series of programmes about a year in the life of a river we love and live beside,this book accompanies the series’
I was contacted by Charile back in January of this year with a view to selling them a few of my images alongside a brief write up on one of my Dipper sites in Derbyshire of which I agreed.I am really proud to have Watervoles,Dipper images /text in this new book,also a link to my website.The book is a great read and has only just come on sale.It follows the life of many animals in and around this river as well as giving great advice on how,where to enjoy wildlife with a few of Charlies fieldcraft skills and techniques thrown in.They both share their love of this place with their 3 boys who feature greatly in the book which is really great to see and very positive.
Charlie has photographed Kingfishers since he was a young boy and the understanding and love he has for these birds is brilliant and evident to see in his breathtaking images of them,he alongside his family view the river as your street,with all the animals on it being your neighbours,where they/we are not just observers but are part of the system and over the period of a year experience life on this beautiful river,following the same group of animal characters as they navigate the seasons,as well as seeing how Philippa and Charlies passion for the river extends into every part of their family life.
This book is to accompany the series ‘Halcyon River Diaries’ which is coming to BBC1 in May,so check the Radio Times for details,there will be 4 episodes to watch the wildlife along this beautiful stretch of river along with lots of information shared in which Charlie describes what he’s filming,where the stories will keep you glued to the TV
Watervoles are my favourite mammal with their enduring character and cuteness, making them a lovely subject to photograph,I run workshops,‘Watervoles’ where you can photograph these little creatures alongside one of my favorite British birds the Dipper,‘Dippers Of The Dales’ which are becoming more and more popular.
Charile and Philippa I wish you well with the book and thank you for asking me to help out where I could .
In this monthsBirdwatching Magazine my images from a great day I’d previously mentioned on my blog called ‘Birdwatching For Beginner’s Walk’ have now been printed in the March issue of the magazine,I have printed the pages below aptly named‘Reservoir Birds’ I accompanied Matt Merritt/Features Editor as we visited Carsington Water in Derbyshire for this event which has been running now for 4 years on the first sunday morning of the month and run by volunteer ranger David Bennett,whose knowledge of the wildlife at this place is breathtaking.Each month enthusiastic groups of birdwatchers meet and are shown around this beautful setting hoping to learn more about birdwatching/birds while walking around Carsington Water, one of the largest reservoirs in the UK.
We had perfect viewing conditions as the sun shined,with a thick blanket of snow on the ground adding to a real winter feel to the day.A good number of people turned up and I captured them using almost the same composition as I do when photographing wildlife,and I must say is a lot easier!.A good day was had by all,great to help beginners to see the beauty of birds and other wildlife around this mighty impressive site,so for the full story pick up a copy of the March issue.These walks run on the first Sunday of every month,they also do more advanced walks so for further information,or to book on the free Carsington Water Walk,call 01629 540696
I was contacted my a gentleman called ‘Paul Haeing’ :
Dear CraigMy name is Paul Haemig. I live in Sweden and run a free website at www.ecology.infoI am writing to request your permission to use one of your photos (Barn Owl with Breakfast) to illustrate a new nature poem that will be published on http://www.ecology.info/. The poem is titled “The Owl” and is written by Gordon J.L. Ramel.We selected your photo because it best fits the poem written by Gorden J.L.Ramel
I agreeded as I love to help out where I can and especially with projects that help/highlight the natural world.To view the photo click on http://www.ecology.info/ and click on ‘Poems’ then ‘Owl’ and you will see my image and the lovely poem,the image is one of my favorites and very pleased to help with their cause and I hope it goes from strength to strength.
Here is another photo I took of a Barn Owl hunting in the very last light of the day and here he is seen ‘Lifting’ off with something he had caught.
My ‘Dippers Of The Dales’workshops have started and I had a brillant time showing Tom and Ken around my site as they love the Dipper, I met Ken through my ‘Flickr’ site.Both Tom and Ken are very keen wildlife photographers who where keen on seeing the Dipper having read my article in October issue ‘Birdwatching Magazine’.
The picture above shows us altogether with a mini-waterfall as the backdrop,it was taken by remote trigger (Ken,Tom,Me) in that order,and it was a real joy to show them around and teach them about the Dipper, a bird that has amazed me from a small boy. Knowing where to go and how to appoach the Dipper makes all the difference for me and as I have been coming to this site from a small boy it would be nice to think the Dippers know me quite well now!. We had the whole day there,before Tom and Ken departed for home and a sample of Ken’s work from the day can be seen here ‘Ken’ and Tom’s work from the day ‘Tom’.
Very nice to meet you both and so glad I was able to show you around and share my love of the Dipper with you both and since have become good freinds. My next workshop is planned for ‘Monday 16th November’ see my workshop pdf below for details or drop me a line on my contact page if you would like to go.
My photograph taken of a female Barn Owl with prey flying over farmland in Norfolk at dawn made it to the final 50 in the ‘Countryfile Photographic Competition 2009’, chosen from nearly 33,000 entries.Joe Brand had picked my image out on the programme on BBC1 as one she liked saying ‘I liked this,a barn owl flying home with food’
The image was taken in the first rays of sunlight and I got into place at around 4.00am and waited, then this female dived for something to my front and I followed her in my camera’s viewfinder as she flew straight towards me with this vole she had caught.With the poor light it was hard to get any shutter speed to freeze the action and out of many this one was the best with this beautiful pink,morning light as the sun came up in the left of this photo.
A moment I will treasure forever and never forget as Barn Owl’s are one of my favorite birds and to have seen this was great.