Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Sneaky Jays.

The Sneaky Jays.

Jays are a sneaky lot and I've struggled to photograph them well as they wait for your back to be turned and swoop in at warp speed like a stealth plane. When I'm feeding the squirrels I'm often surrounded by birds sitting close by in the trees awaiting a chance to come in and get some nuts, usually you see loads of Magpies and Crows, but I know the Jays are there watching. Once you back off a little distance you see the Magpies and Crows start to move to get the nuts and out of nowhere several Jays will swoop in and steal the prize right under their noses. They're extremely good at this tactic. They'll even beat a squirrel to the draw, and the squirrels get the right hump with the little thieves but their swiping claws  always miss the Jays.

What a fabulous  bird the Jay is for sure!


Jay eyeing up the fox collecting nuts
Jay watching Foxy collect nuts off the ground.

Jay eating a peanut
Jay picking up a peanut.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Squirrel video clips from 2012

A few video clips of the squirrels I took last year.

These are a few video clips I did while out photographing the squirrels which kind of shows how used they are to my presence. They're a crazy little bunch of fellows, very brave and right little characters. Enjoy!












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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Winter Squirrel Photographs

A few of the new photos I captured of the squirrels.

The squirrels have been a bit scarce lately, I think this is more to do with the fact it has been very cold and snow on the ground than to do with the foxes. This last weekend I saw quite a few squirrels that came to see me which was quite pleasing. They're a little bit more wary because of the foxes but seemed to have got used to their presence and often come to get nuts off me even if Foxy is quite close to me. I guess the squirrels know they quite safe next to me and Foxy won't come to close as he's more wary of me that the squirrels are. There's no greater feeling that photographing Foxy approx ten feet in front of you and  feel a little squirrel tugging at my trouser leg after some nuts.

Nature and it's critters are such a wondrous thing, sometime I feel us humans are too wrapped up in our own little busy world to stop, stand  and notice.


Recent squirrel photos

Recent squirrel photos

Squirrel looking down from a tree

Squirrel hanging from a tree

Two Squirrels in a snow covered tree

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Monday, 28 January 2013

I gain Foxy's trust

A few of the new photos I captured of Foxy.
It's taken me since last year to gain Foxy's trust enough to get close so I can get half decent photos. Foxy gets spooked really easy when people are around, which is a good thing but makes my job of trying to photograph him harder. I've gained his trust and Foxy will just appear near me.

I no longer  go looking for Foxy, I soon learn that's the fastest way to spook him and make him run off and disappear into the undergrowth.  I usually just start feeding the squirrels and birds, and carry on with my other two projects and soon enough Foxy will appear close behind me. He's acquired quite a taste for the monkey nuts and seems to love collecting them.


Foxy smiling at me
Foxy's looking back and smiling at me.

Foxy posing for a nice portrait
Foxy posing for a portrait

Foxy coming to see me
Foxy enjoying collecting nuts

Last weekend I was really privileged as Foxy not only accepted me and started to trust me more, allowing me to get quite close, but I still keeped a respectful distance to him, he also brought his mum/dad in to see me after he'd spent nearly four hours with me. The other fox is very big and quite beautiful, a classic red fox look. It kind of makes me think Foxy is still quite young. I managed to grab a couple of snaps of both of them as the light was fading. Foxy is the one lying down on the ground. Unfortunately the light faded and it was time to go. Hopefully I'll be able to get some better photos of the adult fox in the near future.

Two Foxes!
Foxy is the one lying on the floor

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Monday, 21 January 2013

A hungry Fox with a taste for nuts

Foxy in the snow.

It was snowing quite hard all day yesterday and foxy must have been quite hungry and came in really close to us. Foxy has acquired a taste for the nuts I feed the squirrels with and kept coming in to collect them, burying many for later.


Magpie trying to steal Foxy's nuts
Magpie trying to steal Foxy's nuts.

Foxy ignored the birds and squirrels in favour of the scattered nuts. Mind you Foxy need to learn a few tricks off the squirrels who do a few dummy burials to fool watching critters, as the Magpies and Crows kept digging up Foxy's caches and stealing them. It was fantastic to watch. The only time Foxy ran off was whenever other people came along, I think I've gained his trust a little after tracking and photographing him since July 2012, but Foxy is easily spooked by anyone else and soon runs off only re-appearing once others have gone.

Foxy has acquired a taste for the nuts I feed the squirrels
Foxy has acquired a taste for the nuts I feed the squirrels

Unfortunately my photos from yesterday of Foxy aren't great as my camera eye piece kept steaming up making it very hard to see what I was trying to focus on and my lens kept fogging and getting wet in the heavy snow, so I'm quite pleased with what I did get considering the conditions.

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Fox in the snow.

Foxy in the snow.
We were very lucky and saw foxy in the snow on Monday.
It was like he'd come to say a brief hello to us then went on his way.

fox in the snow

Fox in the snow

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First snow of 2013.

First snow of 2013.
On Monday we woke up to a find we'd had snow overnight. I took the opportunity to go out and get a few photos of the very snow covered scenes.
This was taken at Margate Cemetery.


Snow covered trees

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