You may have seen swans performing various synchronised movements or ‘dances’ together on the water at mating time. The pre-copulatory rituals extend to preening, and although we’re out of the breeding season, this local pair I snapped this afternoon are clearly keeping in practice. Their synchronised stink-eye, reserved for loose dogs and over-eager photographers, is
Tonight I joined the 2011 Darwin Lecture, with Sir David Attenborough speaking on ‘Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise’, organised and hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine in association with the Linnean Society of London. Fresh back from a trip to Borneo – no less, the spritely 85-year-old was introduced by Professor
Meet the new arrivals. At a pool close to where I live in the south of England, I’ve been following the progress of these cygnets since their birth five weeks ago; the picture and the video were taken about a week after hatching. The same breeding pair has built a nest in the same spot
The Royal Society for the Protection of birds (RSPB) says: “the normal clutch size for mallard is 12 eggs, laid at one to two day intervals.” Which makes the mother of this 16 strong brood paddling past our appartment yesterday something of a dynamic duck. I’ve heard the record is 21 – so she still
Through a combination of photography and a creeping fascination with avian behaviour and taxonomy (thanks to my wife giving me Colin Tudge’s The Secret Life of Birds for my birthday) I think I’m turning into some sort of accidental ornithologist. Point being, you can expect the occasional photo-flavoured birdy post; and today – it’s woodpeckers!
Forget the turkey – RATS are the Christmas treat for this ravenous reynard. I caught this juvenile fox in the garden this Christmas Eve morning enjoying a little pre-lunch entertainment courtesy of an unfortunate rodent. Very similar to watching a cat play with a mouse. Here’s the series: Update 30/12/12 Foxy Fame Our star is
Not all of them, you understand. But here’s a few I’ve snapped in and around Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco on visits over the year. NOTE: I”M RE-JIGGING THE SLIDE-SHOW RIGHT NOW. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
I got up yesterday morning at what for me is quite an early hour – 6.30ish. So with no CSI on the box at that time, I chose the healthy option and went for a walk in the park. Where I took this picture: That’s only kind of true. What I actually took was this