Tagged: wildlife photography

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How I captured a cuckoo – with my camera

I started writing this blog post about Charlie the cuckoo as part of the #30DaysWild challenge but a health hiccup set me back. Some things had to go and it’s been my blog that suffered while I concentrated on the things I love most, writing and taking photos. This does, however, mean that I have lots of great photos to share and a nearly completed novel. There’s nothing quite like a health scare to make you live life to the full. I’d never seen a cuckoo before To me cuckoos have always been an elusive bird, something that is often...

Sea anemones as part of the Wildlife Trusts' #30DaysWild challenge 0

#30DaysWild – Day 6 – Sea Anemone

When the Met Office predicts gusts of wind up to 40 mph and flags up a yellow weather warning it’s wise to stay indoors and rest on your laurels – especially when trees are falling down and branches are tumbling close to your head. I did brave the wild and windy elements but I haven’t downloaded my photos yet, so I’m cheating a bit and sharing a couple of photos of some lovely sea anemones I found last week when we visited Elmer beach on the South Coast. If I’ve got it right these are Actina equine and in real...

Blue Damselfly taken as part of the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge 0

#30DaysWild- Day 4 – Blue Damselflies

I spent today chasing blue damselflies in a blustery wind. This probably wasn’t the wisest way to spend a Sunday with my camera because the wind kept buffeting my subject out of shot every time I lined up to go click. Watching them was fun but the females proved shy and kept playing that cute game called ‘let’s hide behind this blade of grass every time you point that camera at me.’ They do it all of the time. I’ve been known to chase them round and round the same blade of grass for ages without getting one shot. Crickets...

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#30DaysWild – Day 2 – Bugs

Yesterday, sitting in my little patch I dare call a garden, taking in the sunshine, I spotted something shiny winking at me from one of my hardy geraniums. Taking a closer look I found these two bugs mating so rushed indoors to grab my camera before they ran off. They were still there when I returned, far too busy to want to fly away – although they did keep moving around when I got too close. My bug book wasn’t much help at identifying them but a quick internet search turned up a fab website with lots of pictures so...

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30 Days Wild Challenge

Can you do something wild every day in June? The 30 Days Wild Challenge is organised by the UK’s Wildlife Trust but you don’t have to live in the UK to join in. All it involves is paying attention to wildlife every day throughout the entire month of June. Listen to birdsong, walk in the woods or take your laptop outside when you’re writing up a report or sweating over your latest novel. In fact, you can do anything that gets you closer to nature. Surrey Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) patron, the Oscar-winning actress  Dame Judi Dench, has appeared in a...

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Wild Wednesday – Bank Vole

Yesterday was so overcast that we gave up looking for anything exciting to photograph and started making our way back to the car for a coffee when this little fella popped out of his home to say hello. I only spotted him because the ground was uneven and I was watching where to put my feet. This little bank vole is no more than two inches long and the cutest rodent you’ll ever find. His home is under tree roots and when he first met my gaze he watched me take a few shots before scurrying away. To my surprise,...

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Wild Wednesday – Common Lizard

The boardwalk at Thursley Common and Elstead Moat is one of my favourite places to walk and take photos. In summer the boardwalk is teaming with basking lizards of all ages. I’ve seen young lizards smaller than my little finger and mature lizards ranging in colour from brown through to a wonderful iridescent green. Frighten them and they’ll lose the end of their tails (which grow back again) and any sudden vibration, or a shadow falling across their faces, will have them scuttling for cover. I was really surprised to come across this little fella on Monday, 13th March, as...

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Wild Wednesday – Swan on Frensham Little Pond

I quite often visit Frensham Little Pond to photograph the wildlife and mull over the plot of my current novel in progress, Murder in the Meadow. One day the two guys I was with helped out by enacting a car chase scene, each one being a car and running along the track then bumping into each other to work out how the cars would move and what might happen. Passers-by thought we were totally bonkers as we argued, discussed and got quite heated over the details. “It’s okay, she’s a writer!” they explained, which resulted in smiles and various pleasant...

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Wild Wednesday – Photo Interlude

I’m a writer, I love words, but I also take photos, mostly of wildlife and the countryside. So I thought it would be fun to share one of my recent photos from my Instagram feed. View this post on Instagram Not one hoverfly but two, having some fun on a blade of grass by the side of the road. #jaketalbotinvestigates #JTI #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writerslife #hoverfly #kings_insects #naturelovers_gr #naturephotoportal #macro_x #macro_holic #macro_uk #macro_secrets #macro_perfection #macro_captures #macronature #flowersandmacro #ig_macro #amazingcaptures #macro_freaks #macrogram #macro_holic #lovethis #insect #bugsex #instamacro #ig_bug A post shared by Toni Allen Author (@listansus) on Jun 28, 2016 at 10:22am...