Morning Meeting

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I went out for the foxes before heading back to university last weekend and also to play around with my new camera, spent with my summer savings :).

I went out the night before also and saw foxes, the following morning and evening again, where I saw a fox climb a tree to jump across the brook….

Anyway the above photo was taken from my morning walk and thanks to the silent shutter on my new camera the foxes don’t seem to be doing a runner as soon as they hear me clicking away! Hurray.

So as I reached the path at the bottom of my road, I looked both ways to check if any foxes were out and one was, so I crept up a little way and hid behind some bushes and along comes another fox to meet the one already there and they stand opposite each other and touch noses. Then they both turned and looked at me, and voilà we have the above picture.

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Wildlife at Work

Just a quick update really as I have started working 5 days a week photos and getting out and about is limited. But spotting and seeing wildlife isn’t! Fortunately for me I work outside with horses at the college I went to, it got lots of lovely open spaces, meadows and woods! So whenever I am out an about on the yard or poo picking (glamorous) I am always on the lookout for wildlife. I used to say to my good friend ‘I should have a tv show called Wildlife at work or birding with Louise’ as when I spot something I’m always pointing it out as quite often it goes unseen!

So the wildlife I’ve seen at work this summer includes:

  • The swallows nesting in the stables.
  • House martins flying around
  • Kestrel
  • Plenty of Red kites!
  • Pied wagtail
  • Ring necked parakeets
  • Green woodpecker
  • Collared doves
  • Chaffinch
  • Loads of crows and pigeons!
  • Wren
  • Fox – spotted at about 10.30am!
  • and lastly this week a Little Owl!!!!!

Personally the Little Owl is a highlight for me, I’ve only every caught a glimpse of a Barn Owl hunting at dusk from a car and have always wanted to see a Little Owl. I thought I saw a the owl last Sunday when it flew out in front of me, a bit confused at the strange bird I thought it looked owl like but wasn’t 100% certain. But on Monday I found out indeed it was the little owl. I was casually going into a field to help catch two ponies when on a fence post nearby I saw the little owl! I stopped and just started gobsmacked at how close I was and the face I was staring face to face (well I was more looking down on) the little owl! It bobbed up and down and flew to a tree and watch me from there where I was getting the attention of Goshia I was whispered ‘An owl, an owl there is a little owl over here!’. As Goshia was walking over, it flew back to the post looked at me once more before going back to the tree and then flying off. I must say I wish I had my camera but I’m very happy just with the encounter!

In the same field again today I was poo picking and must have spooked the owl from its hiding spot as it flew out the trees and across the field!

I think I may take my camera to work on Sunday and sit out in the field at lunch to see if the Little Owl is around! 

 

Foxy Encounters

06/09/14

Last Friday I decided to get up at 4.15am to look for foxes like the summer before, only having luck once, on one of my outings last summer I wasn’t expecting much. Though I have borrowed a Canon 5D Mark 2 ii for the summer I hoped to achieve this at some point during the summer to get better pictures.

Already at 4.30am in the morning it was fairy sunny and warm, I stepped outside the door and heard a cuckoo calling in the forest quite close to my house. I thought mm maybe I should go to the forest instead…but I continued with my plan.

Walking silently and keeping my eyes and ears peeled I walked to the park, walking by the pond the geese and goslings swam over squeaking away. I continued and not long after a fox darted out in front of me, watched me hiding behind a pile of twigs, on hearing the camera shutter off ran the fox into the woods.

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I walked the same walk that I walked last year, I didn’t find any further along than the entrance to the park but I did see the two herons (which I haven’t seen for ages). As it was gone 5am and rather light, people heading for the train, dog walkers etc I turned around to head home. So there I am bim-bling along the path at the bottom of this road this fox is running towards me, I gasp and just stare wondering whether to fumble around with my camera or not, the fox soon saw me and diverted its path very quickly. I near a bench and wonder if I should hide somewhere and wait for the return of the fox. Whilst stood there contemplating what I should do, I heard a rustle looking up just across the stream is a fox leaping in the air trying to catch a blackbird! I managed to get a few snaps before the fox disappeared.267271

I walked home grinning away.

11/06/14

Again I awoke early this morning for the foxes, a bit groggy I went back bet thinking maybe I should just go back bed, suddenly wide awake I was like what am I thinking…

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Once outside on I walked to the park, same route as Friday came across the first fox of the morning same place as last time (Déjà vu?) but this time it had saw me before I saw him, so off he shot in a flash.  Saw the heron again by the second pond and heard the woodpeckers but no foxes here. Heading back the goslings and geese are going on their morning stroll, I passed them and saw a orange flash of a fox just across the road, It stopped looked at me, I thought that’d make a nice picture out the open…vrrromm car came =fox grunted and ran.IMG_1011IMG_1018

So there I am walking along this path again, being very quite camera is at the ready. I hear rustling from my right; I peer through a gap in the bushes and to my delight 4 fox cubs rolling around on the floor and play fighting with the parents watching over them, one on either side. I watched intruding on this moment with a big beam on my face. They soon moved on and so did I, to the clearing bit though only parent comes out into the open for a short spell.

The fox picture below made me chuckle, I didn’t realised I was being watched and when I noticed (the second time I walked past) I laughed to myself because of the fox peering out checking if I’d left. I was also being watched by a jay.

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This evening I headed into the forest for a walk hoping to come across a deer, fox or an owl. I didn’t have much luck here (especially getting attacked by flies). I decided to do a loop back home and walk through the park just in case there was a fox. Well let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed! At the clearing there they were, the fox family. I crouched down hiding behind the nettles and just watched the cubs rolling around again; a fox went to jump the creek but saw me and decided against it. The cubs went back into the thicket but one fox remained just lying on the floor, I photographed this one for awhile, he/she didn’t seem fazed with me at all. Soon fed up of the limelight the fox strolled off.IMG_1037IMG_1056

I walked up the path a bit and saw a fox playing on a chopped down tree trunk. I hid here for awhile until I couple walking their dog spotted the fox, well the dog saw the fox first and started yipping at it, and the fox shot off like lighting back into the undergrowth.IMG_1054IMG_1052

I must say during this evening encounter I got bit the hell out of by the flies, I have 15-20 bites all painful and itchy but I must say it’s worth it! And the funny looks I get off of people that see me crouching on the floor.

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Not all the pictures are amazing but hopefully will improve over the summer; I also took some short (shaky) film today which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/iJAQSwbmu_g

Update

Finally got round to writing and posting a blog, will do a quick roundup/update with a couple of pictures.

Before breaking up for Christmas, I went out for a walk and spotted a Kingfisher, fieldfare and Redwings. My kingfisher shot is yet again a flying blurry picture, but hey you can tell it is one! I also went for a number of walks but didn’t seem much apart from, gulls, goosander and herons. I didn’t get out as much as I’d have liked to, or as far because of assignments and my leg playing up from a summer horse riding injury.

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Christmas holidays I worked for the majority of it as well as visiting family and going to Suffolk for the New Year. It was nice to get back to work with the horses and see the wildlife at work, had the pleasure of a fox darting out in front of us and running across the outdoor school whilst bringing horses in which was a pleasant surprise! Along with numerous encounters with the Red Kites, Pied Wagtail and Egyptian goose. On my last day I also spotted a buzzard in a tree from one of the fields where I was catching a horse in, which is a first at work.  It’s a shame that I don’t get to photograph these encounters at work and always kick myself for not being able to have it on me but alas it’s just not practical.

On one of my days off I went looking for the foxes but was not lucky this time, although did see one dart across the road at 9pm one night. I also went to the Tower of London, to stake and see the Tower of London itself.IMG_9853

Although when in Suffolk we did see a fox, quite a way away, also saw redwing, fieldfare, blue and great tits, robins and collard doves.

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So that’s my update, I have also been asked for one of my pictures to be published in a Canadian magazine so will keep updated with that. I also designed a website for a module at university and hope to send it live so will upload some sneak previews soon.

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

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An early rise

This morning I awoke to the sound of the dawn chorus under full swing, I chucked on some clothes set my camera up and was out the door at 4.30am with a rather suspicious dog looking at me as if to say ‘Excuse me, where do you think you’re going at this time of the morning young lady’. The reason for my awaking at this time, was to find the local foxes. I’ve seen foxes over the years just at the bottom on my road, just managing to catch a glimpse of them run off into the darkness.

So I set off at a brisk walk down the little path at the bottom of the street and walked in the direction of the park, I took the path that led down to the pond. Stood and looked at the geese and ducks (I kicked myself for doing this), I heard a loud rustle behind me and as I spun round I caught set of a little red bushy tail scurrying out a bush. I thought to myself ‘Typical that may well be the only fox I see this morning and I was too busy looking at the flipping geese which I look at all the time’. I walked back up the hill which lead to the main path and looked into the wooded area and there the fox was rolling round in the leaves. After taking a few pictures I glanced down at my camera and when I looked back up the fox had disappeared. I carried on walking spotting a great spotted woodpecker along the way.

About 15 minutes later whilst taking a picture of a blackbird I heard another loud rustle. I walked over a little bridge and hid behind some bushes and poked my head round the corner and there was another fox. There was a few moments of eye contact a quick snap and she fled. I turned round at this point only to find another fox sitting watching me and the other fox. I moved to a curb and put my 1.4x extender on the 300mm lens and set off again. I came across some squirrels which in actual fact I thought they were a cat stuck up a tree, when I looked up I was surprised. At this point I was seeing quite a few people walking to the station and walking their dogs, so I turned back the way I came. I was surprised once more to find another fox, much bigger than the others and not as flighty. The fox sat and I froze and looked and took some pictures. The foxed got up and started walking towards me, I was slightly shocked and looked for my nearest escape route, though I didn’t have to fear, he soon ran off up a path that led to some houses.

I couldn’t quite believe my luck this morning, I was thinking I’d be lucky to see one but 4. Wow. Seeing them in morning light, up close and not in the dark has made me realise how beautiful they actually are.
Anyway here are some pictures I took this morning, there not amazing but hey as far as first fox pictures go I wouldn’t say they are terrible. They can only get better right ?

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