Don’t fence me in

This magnificent Roe Deer buck was perhaps taking the same route he had done across his territory for many months. I found him running and pacing furiously along this new deer fence (deer fencing is very much designed to keep deer on the erector’s desired side of it).

Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck

He seemed confused and a little distressed, you can see the old rusty fence in the foreground which for years he has had no trouble clearing. I don’t know the reason for the new fence and at first I considered the photo spoiled by it. I still do, but coupled with the story, it seems to serve as a metaphor for much of what is going on for Britain’s wildlife.

So much of what seems like open countryside is in fact segregated in this way. So many people want to keep nature out of “their” space and so many could gain from embracing it and letting it flood in.

Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck
Rich Ford
http://www.Digitalwildlife.co.uk

Happy as Lambie

I don’t often pay sheep all that much attention but these lambs were undeniably cute, content and happy looking. The green and natural surrounding of Wales certainly helped to add to the feel of the photograph.

Happy Lamb in North Wales
Happy Lamb in North Wales
cute Lambs in mid Wales in Spring
A very content pair of Lambs in green and pleasant mid Wales
Being stared at by a Ewe in the wilderness of north Wales
Being stared at by a Ewe in the wilderness of north Wales

Slowly exposing in mid-Wales

Much more to come from Wales on this blog, once I have processed all my photographs from a few days in Wales this spring.

For starters here are two long exposure shots using a neutral density filter, taken recently at the RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas reserve in mid-Wales.

A slow exposure shot taken at RSPB Dinas mid-Wales  f22 - 1/30 with a neutral density filter
A slow exposure shot taken at RSPB Dinas mid-Wales f22 – 1/30 with a neutral density filter
A slow exposure shot taken at RSPB Dinas mid-Wales  f22 - 1/30 with a neutral density filter
A slow exposure shot taken at RSPB Dinas mid-Wales f22 – 1/30 with a neutral density filter

The spectacular and dramatic river running along the edge of the reserve pretty much begged to be photographed this way.

Richard Ford
www.digitalwildlife.co.uk

Owl Photography

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Photographing Owls (Owling)
My experiences photographing Owls in Hampshire

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Tawny Owl(Strix aluco)juvenile
Canon 1D III and Canon 400mm f/5.6

A few years ago now in the early 2000’s I was driving home late one evening when a Barn Owl flew across the road in front of me on the outskirts of a rural village near my home in NE Hampshire. This was one of the first I had seen locally and so a few nights later I visited likely looking habitat nearby at dusk and to my pleasure found a bird hunting for voles in an overgrown field.

This was to be the start of a fascination with finding and photographing Owls locally and elsewhere in my home county of Hampshire. At this time many of the fields in the area had remained unploughed for some time and voles must have been plentiful in these areas. These…

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