Friday, 15 December 2017

Mice and Voles


Our mice and voles are often overlooked for photography, and you can understand why. They are not as reliable as many of our other animals in terms of when they come out and are active. They are a lot shyer, and will run for cover quicker if disturbed. The conditions, photography wise, are difficult.

We avoided the local snow last week, but had a couple of days of heavy rain instead. We used this time to re set the mice and vole enclosures, and while they were settling I managed to take a few pictures.

Nothing special, but some nice record shots for the files. It was dark, very dark, and the mice and voles rarely stay still... this led to a lot of blurry pictures to sort through. But I was quite happy with these ones.








And while photographing, I had a visitor come and watch... when I finished, she flew off again.

Thanks for looking :-)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Hedgehogs


A few more hedgehog photos from a couple of weeks a go in the autumn leaves. Hugo, above and below, is an absolute pro at this modelling lark. He knows the angles and looks that people go for :-) Above was used by Springwatch's instagram last week.







This hedgehog above is a little darker, and a little littler... He is a youngster that came to us after being hand reared. Mr T is a real character, and loves a nice bite... takes after our old Gnasher. Another great one for photography though, as you can see. Not shy of the camera at all.



This is my favourite from him, but unfortunately it is out of focus. It works well enough for small size and thumbnails, but that is all. Shame as I like the composition and the leaf that fell on him while we were photographing.





Thanks for looking :-)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Wildcat Kittens


Our wildcat kittens have grown up fast, and it won't be long until they are moved on to their new homes to aid with the breeding and conservation efforts going on to help try and save our remaining native cat.

Here are a few photos from a few weeks a go of all three of them, all now becoming quite bold and "wildcatty"











Braveheart, above and below, is becoming a favourite. It will be a real shame to see him go... Such a character already, and really trying to be the 'Big vicious" wildcat, just like his dad. He is practising his scowl and hiss as you can see.





And here is his dad, Macavity, above and below... just to show that little Braveheart  has a little way to go yet to perfect both :-)



Thanks for looking :-)