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Not such a swift season

June 2, 2015

Our swifts are running late. We only have about 50% of our colony back though I feel sure with warmer weather at the end of the week more will arrive. Here are some photographs of our camera box, the first bird arrived on 21st May.

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Dotterel at Danby

May 9, 2015

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Four dotterel at Danby Beacon this morning. They approached to about 15 feet as I sketched in driving drizzle often within the cloud base. Very cold on the moors.

Yorkshire Arboretum, Exhibition, May 9th- 24th

May 6, 2015
Yorkshire Arboretum, April

Yorkshire Arboretum, April

Goldfinch studies

Goldfinch studies

Swifts over Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

Swifts over Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

Avocet at Cley, Norfolk

Avocet at Cley, Norfolk

My new exhibition at this lovely venue opens this weekend.

http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/calendar/calendar.html

Blue Tit approaching feeder

December 2, 2014

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Blue tits are very common. But spend a few minutes observing their agility and their colours and marvel at this common bird and be thankful that it is common.

Coal tits

November 24, 2014
Coal Tit- pencil sketch in sketchbook

Coal Tit- pencil sketch in sketchbook

Coal tits are busy hoarding sunflower seeds from the feeders today. The huge crop of beech mast on local trees has meant fewer have visited us so far this autumn. They are very tame but probably lowest in the pecking order, meaning they have to seize the moment to land and grab a seed.

Redwings arrive in force

October 16, 2014

Great numbers of redwings arriving over Ampleforth this morning, all heading west. Between 7.30am-10.30am I counted at least 750 flying just below the low cloud which covered the village until mid morning. 300 or so dropped to feed in hawthorns giving me stunning views of these Scandinavian thrushes.

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West Barn, Bradford on Avon 26th/ 27th July 2014

July 4, 2014

Here is a selection of the paintings on show at my annual summer exhibition at the West Barn, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon. Limited edition prints and cards will also be available throughout.

The West Barn, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon.

The West Barn, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon.

West Barn interior

West Barn interior

Studies of bullfinch feeding

Studies of bullfinch feeding

 

 

Somerset Levels at Greylake- December

Somerset Levels at Greylake- December

 

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Kingfisher study

Kingfisher study

River Avon near Freshford

River Avon near Freshford

Little Owls

Little Owls

Flushed grouse, North York Moors

Flushed grouse, North York Moors

Wren in the reeds, Greylake, Somerset Levels

Wren in the reeds, Greylake, Somerset Levels

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