The other night I went for a walk around the paddock and saw a brown lump in the grass, by the fence line. As I approached, this deer shot out into the wheat field behind my house and posed nicely as I snapped away. I watched him for 10 minutes or so and then let him get on his way.
Last night I decided to have a go at photographing my local Barn Owl. I have tried many times before and each time I have failed, last night was no exception. Whilst waiting for the owl (which never did show up) I heard some squeaking noises and to my astonishment two Roe Deer fauns where within 3 metres of me. 35cm at the shoulder, they were tiny, and I have to say it was quite an emotional experience. What a privilege it was and a wildlife moment that is definitely in my top 3.
I have recently acquired a Bushnell Trophy camera trap and thought it would be great to set it up in the paddock. After a few nights of still shots I thought I would try some video and got some cracking results as you can see!
I believe the badger is one indivdiual from a family who regularly use our paddock in search of food. We often find holes and spraint left by these industrious animals.
This Red Fox seems to be suffering from mange but I know for a fact that another much healthier fox also uses the paddock and hopefully I will be able to put up some footage soon. With our chickens nearby I have to be careful not attract these opportunistic animals to the paddock too often.
After a disappointing attempt to photograph Red Kite at Gigrin Farm earlier in the year (due to the weather) a friend and I decided to try our luck once more. Again Mother Nature was set against us and rain was the order of the day.
This time the light was a little better and the rain actually made for some challenging and rewarding photography. After three hours worth of photography and and a true wildlife spectacle we decided to call it a day and head down to Devon.