Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Getting Back into the Swing.

My blog has been seriously neglected over the summer, due to a combination of bad weather and laziness. Now I am determined to get back into the swing of recording my wildlife sightings. A couple of weeks ago I put my camera trap down the shore in the Maghery area in the hope of getting some otter footage.  No otters, but this foxy character paid it a visit.

I have just recently started volunteering at the RSPB Portmore Lough Reserve, and so far I've been having a brilliant time getting to know everyone and my way around the reserve. Today I got the opportunity to observe some of the many Irish Hares found on the reserve. They really are amazing animals to watch, their lanky frames quite amusing.

Another mammal that caught my eye today was Rattus norvegicus. These sneaky brown rats, had climbed the briars and nettles in order to feed from the bird feeders. They were very bold and had no fear of me whatsoever as I stood snapping with my camera. 

Saturday, 4 August 2012

An Afternoon with Fallow Deer

It's been quite a while since my last post. In truth I didn't have much time to add to my blog because of a trip to the Isle of Mull, Swansea and my graduation day. Now I am home to stay and today I enjoyed spending the afternoon in Parkanaur Forest Park.

Miraculously the thunder storms forecast for the day never appeared and the sun was splitting the trees when I arrived in Parkanaur. One of the main reasons why I visited the park was to see the resident  all-white fallow deer herd. 

                                The bucks looked very impressive with their velvet covered antlers. 

        I'm eagerly awaiting the coming of  autumn so I can return here to witness the rut. 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Red Fox Cubs

After seeing signs of fox in a small wooded area I visit regularly, I decided to put out my camera trap. I was delighted to capture footage of these cubs squabbling over food and playing together.


Monday, 14 May 2012

'Sa Coillte' My Final Film

I made this 10 minute documentary for my final media project, on my Wildlife and Media Degree. It is in Irish with English subtitles. I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Evening with Badgers

Today was the day we handed in our final ever uni assignment, so to celebrate I went along with my friend Cain Scrimgeour to the Campfield Marsh reserve on the Solway to look for a spoonbill that had been recently sighted there. We spotted the spoonbill in one of the hides along with a few lapwing, black headed gulls, moorhen, sedge warbler and willow warbler. On the way home we decided to stop by a badger sett that we've been visiting for quite a while now. We were lucky to see the residents, they didn't seem overly bothered by our presence and they even allowed us to take a few pictures. I took a short video of one curious individual, unfortunately I didn't have my tripod with me, so I balanced my camera on my knee which accounts for the shakiness.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Evening in Cliburn.

This evening my friend Cain Scrimgeour and I decided to go for a walk in Cliburn Moss, just outside Penrith. The light was lovely as the setting sun cast a golden glow over the landscape. We seen quite a few mammals. While driving down the track by Cliburn we spotted a pair of roe deer - a doe and a young buck. After sitting awhile in a quiet spot on the edge of the woods, we spotted 3 more roe deer, 3 brown hares and to our surprise a red fox. It came trotting towards us oblivious of our presence, it then wandered behind the trees we had our backs against. I turned my head to look at its russet coloured face and finally it noticed us. For what seemed like half a minute it shared our gaze before fleeing into the trees. On our way back to the car we happened across a badger, the white stripes of its face vivid against the fading light.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Camera Trap Mammals

Though I'm home for the Easter holidays, all of my time has been spent working on my final project, so I don't get much opportunity to get out and about searching for wildlife. Luckily while I have been working on my final film and paperwork, my camera trap has been out, filming any animal that happens to walk past. To my delight it captured a curious badger, a cute pair of rabbits and a sneaky fox.