Tuesday, June 29, 2010
However, the clan does seem to be at its most relaxed that I have ever seen. It seems without cubs there is much more time for simply enjoying the late evening sun and grooming!
So as I won't be posting any new cubs photos, I thought you might like to see a few sketches of last year's cubs from my current exhibition.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
My gallery is now officially an accredited visitor attraction! Nine brown signs went up on all the roads surrounding the gallery this morning - just in time for the exhibition.
This is fantastic news as the gallery is very isolated and visitors are often getting lost on the Wolds trying to find us.
If you have any problems locating it click here for directions.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Be the first to read my latest newsletter when you click this link and see all the latest news about what is going on at the gallery.
There is an in depth article on the wildlife of New Zealand after my visit to the Otago estuary, pictured here at sunset, earlier this year, as well as lots, lots more.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
As a follower of my blog, I want to give you the chance to jump the queue and book your place now, before the exciting programme of walks is published.
Among the delights on offer are a guided tour to find marbled white butterflies, a lesson in basic birdwatching and a night owl safari. There will also be lessons on how to handle falconry and a walk with celebrated naturalist Michael Flowers to find damsel and dragonflies.
The festival takes place between June 26th and July 11th and there are wild activities taking place throughout.
To see a list of all the events taking place and to book your place follow this link or see below.
The festival will accompany my latest wild art exhibition, to which you are formally and exclusively invited. For your very own copy of my invitation simply click here, download the invite and print it off.
I do hope you can come, already it is shaping up to be one of my most exciting exhibitions yet.
Here's a full list of what's on:
Saturday 26th June
Birdwatching for Beginners with Michael Flowers; 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm; meet in the gallery
Tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Sunday 27th June
Birds of Millington Wood 9am-12pm; spot red kites and buzzards; meet at Millington Wood car park ; tickets: £2; booking tel: 01482 395321
Hawk Walk with Minster Falconry 11am-12pm; handle and fly birds of prey; meet in the gallery; tickets: £10; booking tel: 01759 368355
Live Falconry Display by Minster Falconry; 2pm; watch birds of prey soar throught the sky; meet in the gallery; free event
Owl Safari 7.30pm-10.30pm; night walk with Michael Flowers to spot owls; meet in the gallery; tickets: £7.50 ; booking tel: 01759 368355
Wednesday 30th June
Introduction to Wildlife Watching 10a; spot the clues left by wildlife with Michael Flowers; meet
in the gallery; tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Saturday 3rd July
In Search of Marbled White Butterflies 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm; meet in gallery; tickets: £7.50 tel: 01759 368355
Live Falconry Display by Minster Falconry 2pm; watch birds of prey soar throught the sky; meet in gallery; free event
In Search of the Nightjar 9pm–10.30pm; walk to find the elusive nightjar in Dalby Forest; tickets: £5; booking tel: 01751 472771
Sunday 4th July
RSPB Puffin and Gannet Boat Trip 9am-12pm; seabird spectacular from Bridlington; tickets: £15; booking tel: 01262 850959
How to be a Falconer 11am-1pm; handle and fly an array of birds of prey; meet in the gallery; tickets: £10; boking tel: 01759 368355
Owl Safari 7.30pm-10.30pm, night walk to find owls with Michael Flowers; meet in the gallery; tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Wednesday 7th July
Introduction to Wildlife Watching 10am; discover the clues left by wildlife with Michael Flowers; meet in galler; tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Saturday 10th July
RSPB Blacktoft Sands Bearded Tit Walk 8am-10am; search for Bearded Tits with an RSPB expert; tickets: £3 tel: 01405 704665
Live Falconry Display 2pm; watch birds of prey soar throught the sky; meet in the gallery; free event
RSPB Puffin and Gannet Boat Trip 4.30pm-7.30pm; tickets: £15 tel: 01262 850959
Owl Safari 7.30pm-10.30pm; evening walk to find owls with Michael Flowers; meet in the gallery; tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Sunday 11th July
Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm; walk to find these wonderful insects; meet in the gallery; tickets: £7.50; booking tel: 01759 368355
Live Falconry Display 2pm; watch birds of prey soar through the sky; meet in the gallery; free event
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The twins are now recovering in hospital. This is extremely unusual behaviour for a fox and I was intrigued to hear that two top wildlife experts are questioning today whether the attack was more likely to have been by a domestic pet, rather than a fox - in spite of the fact that the fox had been found in the babies bedroom shortly after the babies were heard screaming out for help.
The populations of urban foxes have soared in recent years, propelled by the amount of rubbish that accumulates on the city streets and by people feeding them. Urban foxes, unlike their rural counterparts, are no longer shy of human presence and are getting more and more confident.
I hope the twin babies recover quickly from the ordeal and I'll be interested to see how this story unfolds. I remember being warned by a South African friend when I was considering taking my own very young daughter to Africa, to be very careful. Apparently, when babies cry it sends out an irresistible distress call to predators, especially big cats, which often will rush instinctively to see what the noise is and will often be driven to attack.
I know myself if I photograph foxes, I often make a squeaking sound to draw them out of cover. What do you think?
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Well it has been a very interesting day for me today. My photograph of the sparrowhawk and woodpecker sharing a wooden post has been featured in the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and on BBC Radio 2 today!