Wildlife Photographic Gallery

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!

Muntjac and Kestrel - Salisbury Plain 27.06.19


This youngster was asleep in the long grass on the Plain, in an area that was about to be mown for hay.  Not quite sure who was the most startled the deer or me!  They are normally a very shy animal and not often seen close up.


I also managed to capture the kestrel in a tree, keeping an eye on me!

Fox Cubs - 15.05.19


Watch with Mother!!


In just 24 hours I have trained these  cubs to sit and pay attention!!

 

Red Kite - 26.04.19


These photographs were taken this morning near Salisbury Plain.  Having spent quite a few hours on different occasions,  I was finally rewarded with the photographs attached. 


I observed these birds for quite a few weeks and traced their flying positions over a nearby hill top.  After speaking to a local farmer and gaining his permission to enter his field, I sat and waited for the birds to appear.  For a few days nothing happened or due to weather conditions, they kept to different flight paths.


Today things went rather well, the birds knew I was there but did not seem to be worried, in fact on a few passes they seemed to be looking straight at me.

Stone Curlews on Salisbury - 25.03.19


The Stone Curlews arrived on the Plain, we first heard and saw them this evening 25th of March.


This follows the plots being prepared by the local farmers, by cultivation and leaving the ground fallow.


 The birds travel here to breed from Africa every year, arriving here usually around the the 23rd of March.


This week it appears that they have been sheltering in the long grass areas, around the cultivated plots and the arable crops which have started to grow.

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) - 10.01.19


Following a few mornings of frosty weather I found this frequent visitor.  

 

The Blackcap is a distinctive greyish warbler, the male has a black cap, and the female a chestnut one.  Its delightful fluting song has earned it the name 'northern nightingale'. Although primarily a summer visitor, birds from Germany and north-east Europe are increasingly spending the winter in the UK.

 

Blackcaps are best looked for in woodland, parks and gardens with plenty of trees and shrubs.  In winter they will readily come into gardens.  They eat insects and berries.

 

Roe Deer - 27.12.18


Roe Deer on Salisbury Plain, watching to see who is about in the early morning frost and mist.

Little Egret (Egretta Garzetta) - 27.11.18


These Little Egret have a colony at Fonthill Lake.  These birds are now in numbers at Fonthill and other local spots.  In the past few years they have even migrated up onto Salisbury Plain and can be spotted in quite a few spots on the River Avon.


Breeding was first recorded in Britain in 1996 and by 1999 at least 30 pairs nested, usually within existing Grey Heron colonies.

 

Swans on the River Avon, Durrington - 18.11.18.

Heron - 19.10.18

 

Heron not able to fly after having a feed in the water meadows!

 

 

 

Starlings on Salisbury Plain - 28.10.18


Large flocks of starlings are now evident out on the Downs.  These are mixing with the arrival of fieldfares.

 

Stone Curlews - 10.07.13


We now have quite a few Stone Curlews with their young, who are almost adult, they are running about and flying about, albeit rather precariously, when landing.


I watched these youngsters as they came out of the corn field, where they stay during the day for protection and then they come out onto the tracks, to forage, eat grit and drink from the puddles, before heading back into the cornfields.


These youngsters are at the stage, where their plumage is showing quite well and they are busy preening to remove the last of the down.


It is quite interesting to see that none of the 6 adults I saw this evening or any of the 5 youngsters, have rings on their legs.  This makes it impossible to calculate how many birds there are here on the Plain, as only ringed birds are counted, therefore, we do not have an accurate record,  


If this is the case on other sites, which I cannot say as I have not visited them, we could have quite a gathering later, when the harvesting is completed and the birds feed in numbers on the stubble fields.


It will be interesting to see how many return next year, after running the gauntlet of the weather, predators and the Europeans, who shoot a large number of them, despite the birds being a rare protected species here.

If you have any queries or wish to purchase a photograph, please contact me:

 

+44 7831237759

dcrh@supanet.com

 

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  • 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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