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Monthly Archives: January 2016

The birder vs the photographer

Obviously, this is something of a false dichotomy. But yesterday I went out to my local RSPB reserve. On the drive in I spotted two short-eared owls hawking one of the fields. One of the birds was so pale as to make me think it was a barn owl to begin with. The two owls flew very close, coming to within a few feet of the gate. I stayed to photograph them for a while, but in the end the […]

Project evolution

One thing I’ve learned this week: those projects that never quite get started, the ones that you don’t quite know how to turn into a reality, or the ideas that don’t quite seem to make sense – don’t throw them away. If you created files, notes, images, logos or anything, put those somewhere safe. Projects evolve, or take on new form, or fit with something that you don’t even see coming. You might want to coax them out of hibernation […]

Nightjars not nightclubs

I had a rather tame New Year’s Eve. The result, however, was that the next morning I was clear-headed and up in time to begin a new wildlife list for 2016. Instead of going out clubbing or heading to house parties I would much rather be out searching for foxes in churchyards or listening for owls. In fact dusk, dark and dawn are under-rated but spectacular times for wildlife watching in the UK. During the winter, those of us who […]