Weekly Watch

26th August – 1st September 2019

This past week the hedgerow has been a hive of activity; the House sparrows have been making the most of the good weather and the abundant ripe blackberries.

It has been a glorious sight to observe them filling their beaks with the available fruits, making them a slightly red/purple hue.

This (to me) acts as one of the signifying signs to the end of summer. I now look forward to capturing a new Autumnal season, with its jewelled tones and crisp days.

With the changing of the season brings a new avenue for my photography, if you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may be aware that I am always looking to push my photography further. So for this I have very recently joined a camera club.

I am feeling quite positive about the coming months, meeting up with like minded people, being able to gain knowledge through practice and theory. Its all very exciting.

I mentioned last week that I was hoping to get more macro photography into my blog, I have not forgotten and the past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Stratford Butterfly Farm. https://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/

I plan to post another blog containing the images I caught that day.

I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

12th – 18th August 2019

From the lack of photography last week; this week has been distinctly better. Hooray!!

One of the reasons for this; I have finally been able to make the jump to a full framed DSLR. I am aware that this may not mean much to some. In Layman’s term; it’s a much improved camera.

Disclaimer: that is not to say my photos will be distinctly better (I am very much an amateur) I’ve been getting used to using it and there has been a lot of experimenting with settings (I won’t bore you with the technicalities, as I’d probably get it wrong anyway!).

So there has been lots of practising, whenever I get the chance to. I continue to focus on the bird feeder for my subjects.

My hope for the near future; once I’m confident with the new kit is to scout out a few nature spots near me to one; vary the content for you the viewer and two; push myself out of my comfort zone, which in turn should help me improve! Fingers crossed!

There have been a couple of comedic shots, my personal favourite is the Juvenile Robin seemingly getting told off by the Great tit. I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

When first thinking about what content I wanted to add to my blog, a gallery of what I’d seen around my area each week was top of the list.

It combines my photography passion and being able to share and discuss what I had seen. I’ll always try to name what any species shot and where they had been located; more often than not in the garden.

22nd-29th July 2019

This past week has been excellent for garden wildlife visits. Whether this has anything to do with the warmer weather; I am unsure. There have been many first-time visitors to the garden, the biggest surprises were the Field Vole and Nuthatch.

I posted the Vole photograph initially to my Instagram feed; I had identified it as a mouse. It never would have crossed my mind that it could be anything different. I was asked “is it a mouse?” which made me start to dig a little more into its identity. I had a small mammal with an identity crisis!! With a bit of help from the comment section and google lens, we got the identity in the end. I mean I still would have been happy if it was a mouse, but I don’t think I’ve seen a Vole in the flesh until then which adds to the enjoyment of getting the pic.

The Nuthatch was another lovely surprise, I’ve never seen one in the garden before let alone at the feeder. At first glance I thought it was another Blue Tit, but something made me give it a second look. I’m so very glad I did! It was glorious, it didn’t stay long, and I almost missed the shot, I must have had a bit of luck on my side.

Enjoy!