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The Sirhowy River Dippers.

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on January 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Since the loss of the Coal and Steel industries in the South Wales Valleys, the waterways have become much cleaner and as a result the Wildlife that once thrived here have returned. A speciality of these fast flowing rivers is the Dipper.

Early last year myself and Andrew decided to do a photographic project on Dippers, documenting their lives from nestbuilding right through to fledging young and with the help of a friend that walks the River Sirhowy each day thats exactly what we did.

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Black Grouse Lek

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on January 7, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought after about eighteen months I had better update my blog lol.

Early last year I went up to North Wales with mate and fellow Wildlife Photographer Andrew Symons to watch Black Grouse lekking for the first time. Its an amazing spectacle of Nature and to see it first hand was awesome as I had always wanted to do so. We only viewed the Lek from the car so pics were near impossible but the experience was enough to get me hooked on these charismatic birds.

Black Grouse in Wales...

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That Elusive Bill Brock!

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on July 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For many years I have tried and failed to photograph Badgers.Most of the shots you see in magazines and on the net etc are of Badgers that have been lit by artificial means such as off camera flashguns.I could have easily set this up on one of the many setts I know of but I specifically wanted shots of them in natural light.I have no problem on using flash on Wildlife and often use it on Birds such as Pied Flycatchers in the dark woods but still wanted Badgers in as natural light as possible....

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`Mellow Yellow`

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on June 1, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

One of the species of Bird that has been high on my hit list for as long as I can remember is the Yellowhammer.I first saw one of these `Wild Canaries` as a boy whilst out walking with my Dad.I had read about them in a Ladybird Book (remember them?) of Birds and their Eggs that my father had when he was a child.It said in there that the song resembled the phrase `A little bit of bread and no Cheeese`.And it is in fact true.My first encounter was whilst out walking on Llangynidr Common when I ...

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Red Grouse.........Result!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on April 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

One bogey species of Bird for me has been the Red Grouse.For longer than I can remember I have wanted a decent image of one in its natural habitat of the moor for two reasons.One,its a very challenging subject around here as they are very skittish.Two,I wanted to use a shot of this species for a forthcoming Upland Birds of Wales Calendar.I could have gone the easy route and travelled to the North Yorkshire Moors where they are high in numbers a quite approachable but I didnt want to add ...

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Wyedean Forest Rally 2013

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on February 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

My first Rally of the year came in the form of the 2013 Wyedean last weekend and was a very welcome respite from the very often frustrating world of Wildlife Photography.

After printing out the Stage maps a few days earlier I decided on going to the first stage (Sallow Vallets..........whatever that means!) and arrived with my son and two of his mates in tow at first light.The walk down to the stage was a chance to fill in my sons mates on Rally `etiquette`.In other words `How to avoid ...

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Setting up a Raptor Site

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on January 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As Winter is now well and truly underway I have decided to go ahead with the plans to set up a Raptor Feeding Station for Photography purposes.When it becomes busy I will be holding sessions there as I have done with the Mossy Log Woodland Bird Feeding Station,which is still running for anyone wishing to book.

Working full time has to biggest disadvantage to setting up a project like this as it takes so much time.Firstly I have to make sure that I have a regular natural food source whic...

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Review of the Year

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on December 31, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Its New Years Eve so I thought I would blog my review of 2012 from my own personal point as a Photographer.

 

From the Wildlife side I have added several species to my portfolio through the help of various friends.One of the more memorable sessions I had was with some Red Squirrels on Anglesey back in July.Beautiful mammals and an absolute pleasure to shoot.As I was on a family holiday in North Wales at the time I had no time to look for them myself.My shots would not have be...

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on December 26, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Firstly can I just apologise to the members of this site that received Spam emails last week through this site.Unfortunately its one of the downsides of running your own website and was beyond my control,sorry.

 

I trust everyone is enjoying the holiday season and the time off work has given me some time to work on a new Short Eared Owl site.There are up to 8 birds there and its a site that is quite local too which is always handy.The area comprises of open damp moorland diss...

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Captive vs Wild

Posted by Mike Warburton Photography on December 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I was out last week with a mate looking for Waxwing in an enclosed Orchard.None were found but we did come across a Cat hunting the Blackbirds that were feeding on the windfall Apples.This got me thinking,how different is the scene in front of me to one I would encounter with a Lioness hunting Wildebeest on the Masai Mara?They are both feline predators using the same method of hunting prey,just on a different scale.I then got thinking about the great `Captive vs Wild` debate that seems to be ...

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