Natures Surprise

Treading carefully the small country path team me deeper into the forest. The mist had cleared as I looked into the distance at fields of deep green English grass.

The Oak Beach and Sycamore cover my way like a tunnel guiding me to Bluebell wood. I named it after finding it when it was covered with a blanket of Bluebells.

Bluebell Wood

Eyes peeled ears listening for anything to alert me, stealth mode kicks in from my Army Patrol days but no 8 man patrol just me. I glance down at my camera like my Rifle making sure its ready to shoot, capture the split second one moment most people miss.

As the Sun rises it shines on the Bushes just enough to create a beautiful backdrop for Mr Brown Hare who sits warming his fur and body.

Mr Hare

As I approached the bend only to see the Grey Squirrel hanging from the Hawthorn tree stretched out using its sharp claws to hang onto a single branch. The Red berry’s to hard to turn down and the best ones must be at bottom

Making my way along the path keeping my eyes peeled for any movement, stopping to look into the small Brook that runs along side Bluebell Wood.

Small wood chips fell onto the forest floor coming from high on the trunk of the rotten Silver Birch Tree. The Great Spotted Woodpecker drilled away at the hole made so perfect from the birds beak.

The time spent down at my hide March to September every year gave me so many happy memories of many animals and birds. The place was known for Owls and over the years I had made some nice nest boxes for the Tawny Owl.

They took to them every year but maintenance on them was difficult and with my Hip playing up meant I could not climb ladders for a while. But down in the wood there are big Oak trees and one in particular had a very strange hole at the bottom.

I made my way to the tree and without thinking just peered inside. To my total surprise there were eyes looking up at me. I stepped back and made my way quickly back to my van.

I collected my Wildlife Trail camera and quietly positioned it facing the tree.

Next morning I went back to see if I had captured anything. The video speaks for itself.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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