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The Rowan berry tree in my garden has almost been stripped of its berries now. For over a week many birds have gorged on its ripe berries. I’ve shared some pictures in a previous blog post of the Blackbirds.
What an incredible nickname this bird has, it’s real name is a Red Backed Shrike. They are a carnivorous passerine bird, and a member of the Laniidae family. There are more than 30 species of Shrike found in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Driven Grouse Shooting is a blight on our nation. It is destroying our national heritage leaving our moorlands and uplands devoid of so many beautiful species of animals and birds. Land owners, gamekeepers and their proxies are cleansing our uplands and moorlands of so much precious wildlife.
It often takes something to have happened to us before we have a different mindset or want to change. As we start to ease the restraints of lockdown that we have been part of now for several months. Many people have become more aware of the normal things around us that most have never noticed, let alone stopped to enjoy.
Winter is a testing time for all living animals, always remember when working with wild animals they come first and the last thing you want to do is to impose yourself to quickly or scare the animal you’re wishing to photograph. It’s also very important to know that calories are burned off more quickly during the winter months so fieldcraft and respect have to be the first priorities of any wildlife photographer.
Nature has an incredible ability to heal us in many ways, most we will never truly see or understand until we take a moment to reflect on this.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be giving a talk at this years Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham on the Great Outdoors stage.Its a fantastic stage in which too talk from and inspire those there with how I try and use my heart and camera too help wildlife.