Review Of 2018
First of all thanks to those of you who have taken the time to read my blog posts and a special thanks to those who have left comments and ‘likes’ throughout 2018 – much appreciated.
I can’t believe it’s 2019 already, time seems to pass quicker the busier you are. From the photography and wildlife point of view 2018 has been a good year. I had one of my photo’s highly commended in this year’s British Wildlife Photographic awards(see separate blog post on November 12th) and two other photo’s were selected to appear in 2019 calendars. I’ve got closer to wildlife than ever before and witnessed an amazing wildlife spectacle – more about that below.
Speckled Bush Cricket – highly commended in this year’s British Wildlife Photographic awards.
I have two photographs appearing in two calendars – The Fens Magazine 2019 calendar and the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust calendar. It’s always nice to see your photos in print.
The Fens Magazine calendar and the Wildlife Trust calendar
Photos appearing in the calendars
It’s been a very good year for wildlife watching. I started the year witnessing grass snakes emerging from hibernation and swimming along the water-filled ditches at Woodwalton Fen.
Grass snake at Woodwalton Fen
I also saw and photographed Water Voles at Woodwalton Fen for the first time.
I saw Water Voles at Woodwalton Fen for the first time in 2018
A pair of Cranes visited Woodwalton Fen for a few weeks in the spring
Up Close And Personal
I got close to three wild mammals this year – probably the closest I’ve ever been – a Fox, Chinese Water Deer and a Muntjac Deer.
A close encounter with a Fox
I don’t think I’ll get closer to a wild Chinese Water Deer than this!
Eye to eye with a Muntjac deer
Amazing Wildlife Spectacle
I had lots of amazing ‘wildlife moments’ this year but one that sticks out in my mind was a visit to Gigrin Farm in Mid-Wales. For those of you that have not heard of Gigrin farm it’s a farm close to the town of Rhayader in mid-Wales. They feed Red Kites on a daily basis. The Kites have learnt that food will be available at a certain time each day and they will mass in their hundreds waiting for the food to arrive. Seeing so many big birds of prey together was an amazing spectacle. The farm have built hides close to the feeding location so you get great views as the Kites swoop down to take the meat that has been put out for them. There’s definitely a pecking order – older birds first, they swoop down, take the food and eat it all on the wing. The younger birds then get their turm, but their flying skills aren’t as good so they generally land to take the food. The farm is well worth a visit.
More information can be found on the Gigrin Farm web site:-
Gigrin Farm web site
A Red Kite eating on the wing
Low flying Red Kite