Wild June

Throughout June I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trusts annual “30 Days Wild” challenge, which I have modified slightly from taking part in something wildlife/nature related to a wildlife/nature photo challenge. The concept has been the same I have been able to enjoy the nature and wildlife around me.

As I predicted, I find committing to daily challenges, well, quite frankly, a challenge! I managed to see the challenge through until the end of June even if I may not have shared photos every day. The extra spare time of being in lockdown has definitely helped, allowing me more time to spend connecting with nature. While abiding by our lockdown guidelines obviously. I have enjoyed connecting with nature more through my photography and I am sure that to some extent it has helped me survive lockdown.

Because I can’t just take one photo when I’m on a photo expedition most of my daily photos are part of a larger series of photos that I have taken on that day, which I have not shared the additional shots as part of this challenge. I shall share these as future portfolio posts.

A Snail’s Pace

A #30DaysWild themed post. So wildlife photography isn’t always about photographing birds, squirrels, and other bigger creatures. Sometimes you have to slow things down to a snails pace (see what I did there? Sorry but not sorry, lol) and get low down to see the smaller creatures that we share our beautiful planet with.

Snails was my muse of choice for day 3 (3rd June) of my 30 Days Wild photo challenge. The weather had been miserable as it had rained most of the day and was much cold than we’ve been used to the last few weeks. So I wasn’t motivated to go much further than our garden in search of nature. The rain had brought all the snails to life. I know most people aren’t a fan of snails (especially if your a gardener), but all animals and insects etc serve a purpose. Like people we should all learn to get along and live side by side. I hadn’t realised that snails are a fan of bird seed or at least this little fellow is. The bird seed that we’d left on our garden wall had clearly attracted him away from our flowers. There was also another perched on our bird table, I’m sure that’s a risky venture when your a snail and he’s bound to be a birds next meal. The circle of life.

Woodland Squirrel

Taken last month during one of our lockdown walks here are some more shots of my favourite woodland squirrel. This little fellow sat for quite some time allowing me to get as close as I dared without scaring him off. He quite happily sat within touching distance for at least 20mins if not longer watching me take photos of him.

Squirrels are one of my woodland wildlife favourites, though usually they prove quite difficult to photography as they can be quite elusive. Lockdown seems to have tamed them of late, we have also been lucky enough to have a squirrel visit our back garden semi-regularly. Our quieter parks and streets are becoming more inviting to our native wildlife. I hope that nature and our native wildlife will continue to encroach in to our lives after lockdown, sadly I fear that this may not be the case. It has been lovely to witness first-hand some of the wildlife around us up close.

Blackbird on the Wall

One of the benefits of the current UK Lockdown / social distancing and being at home more than usual is having the time to notice all the wildlife that visits our garden. Most of our garden visitors are birds, including; Sparrows, Blackbirds, Pigeons, Crows, Tits, and various other birds.

This little fellow settled down to enjoy some of the nibbles that we left out for our garden visitors.

Back Garden Wildlife

How are we all surviving lockdown / self isolating? In between spates of home working some of our extra spare time has been occupied by wildlife watching. Our living room window that looks out on to our back garden has been delighting us with views of various garden visitors. Normally our visitors are various breeds of birds, including; Sparrows, Tits, Magpies, Blackbirds, Crows, & Pigeons. But twice now we’ve been graced with the presence of a Squirrel who seems to enjoy the seeds & nuts we have put out for our feathered guests.

Although most us are social isolating it doesn’t mean that we have lock ourselves away from the natural world. In fact I believe that getting back to nature might actually help us all get through self isolating. We’re lucky enough to have a garden, for those that don’t have gardens we can all still get back to nature while out walking for our daily exercise while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Swan Song

Robin of Sherwood

[Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire]

Robin’s may be fondly known as being the first sign of winter, but clearly no one told this little fellow that it is Spring. He was too busy enjoying the feast that Sherwood Forest had to offer.

Mandarin Duck

While visiting the Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire the other weekend we managed to see some of the wildlife that have made the estate their home, including some Mandarin ducks.

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