Wildlife Photographic Gallery - Page 2

As I have said on the animal photography page, this will just be a gallery of photographs that I have been lucky enough to capture in and around Salisbury Plain and on my journeys further afield.

 

I plan to update it periodically with new photographs.  Wildlife photgraphy is a case o being in the right place at the right time!

On a Country Lane Over the Plain - 22.12.21 & 18.03.22


Just to show what could easily go wrong, when you are not expecting it.  A very quiet country road  in the middle of the day and all of a sudden 3 Roe Deer emerge from the grass verge unseen.


Therefore motorists, please be careful, these animals never look and would do untold damaged if you hit one.

Buzzards on Salisbury Plain - 01.12.21 & 17.01.22


These photographs were taken on the East of Salisbury Plain.
Buzzard on guard and a pair of buzzards having a disagreement, something not often seen.

Redwings Through the Seasons - 29.11.21


The redwings have arrived on Salisbury Plain in large flocks, on the East Of Salisbury Plain.


The redwings are enjoying a feast on hawthorn berries in the very cold weather, it was minus 3 here this morning.


Redwings are largely a winter visitor to the UK with the first arrivals reaching us in October.


Redwings migrate by night in loose flocks.  Listen out for their soft seep seep call, as they pass overhead.


In autumn, redwings gather along the Scandinavian coast at dusk before launching off on their single 800 km (500 mile) flight across the North Sea to the UK.  In rough weather, many may crash into the waves and drown. 


Some redwings come from Iceland to winter in Scotland and Ireland.  Others come from Russia and Scandinavia to winter in southern England and further south in Europe.


They spend the autumn in hedges and orchards, where they feed on fruit and berries.


As winter draws on, and the fruit is used up, they move onto open areas in search of earthworms. 


You might spot them in parks and playing fields – often in loose, mixed flocks with other birds, such as starlings and fieldfares.


In some years, when there is more food than usual at their breeding grounds, the redwing population increases suddenly and then many more visit the UK. 


In spring, redwings leave the UK for their northern breeding territories, where they nest low down in boggy woodland and birch forest.


Many redwings that spent the winter in Spain and southern Europe also stop off in eastern England to refuel as they head back north.


Each year, a few pairs remain to breed in Scotland.    

Lapwings - 06.10.21


Seen in numbers today, in the stubble turnip fields after the recent heavy rains,  where they can feed on the worms etc as the worms get closer to the surface.


Also known as the peewit in imitation of its display calls, its proper name describes its wavering flight. Its black and white appearance and round-winged shape in flight make it distinctive, even without its splendid crest. This familiar farmland bird has suffered significant declines recently and is now a Red List species.


Lapwings are found on farmland throughout the UK particularly in lowland areas of northern England, the Borders and eastern Scotland. In the breeding season they prefer spring sown cereals, root crops, permanent unimproved pasture, meadows and fallow fields. They can also be found on wetlands with short vegetation. In winter they flock on pasture and ploughed fields. The highest known winter concentrations of lapwings are found at the Somerset Levels, Humber and Ribble estuaries, Breydon Water/Berney Marshes, the Wash and Morecambe Bay.


You can see lapwings all year round. They leave upland areas after the breeding season and move to lowland fields for the winter. Large numbers of N European birds arrive in autumn for the winter.


UK breeding:  140,000 pairs  What they eat:  Worms and insects.

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dcrh@supanet.com

 

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)

    Hi!

    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon

    Regards
    Jamie

  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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