RSPB Snettisham

Time and tide wait for no man and they certainly didn’t wait for me. To experience RSPB Snettisham at its best a visit should focus around high tide, when the great mudflats that separate Norfolk from Lincolnshire are covered by water, forcing the multitude of waders that rely on its…

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A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

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A Photographer’s Guide to Great Amwell

This page is designed as a guide to the Great Amwell Nature Reserve and environs in Hertfordshire, for landscape and wildlife photographers. Originally produced by David Laws and hosted as a Google knol, it is now republished with permission on The Badgers Eye. IntroductionGreat Amwell Nature Reserve is an area…

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It’s in there, honest…..

Frozen pitches curtailed usual Saturday morning activities so with the clearest of winter skies I took a trip down to Great Amwell Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the chain of lakes that follow the River Lea south towards London, extracted gravel workings now converted to a watery haven…

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A rare garden sighting

After a morning on a chilly football training pitch I returned home and enjoyed a spot of kitchen window bird-watching while I warmed up. The feeders were popular, blue and great tits streaming across the gardens on an aerial corridor to our honeysuckle where we hang the nuts. A small…

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New year resolution

There is no doubt that work has kept me away from blogging on The Badger’s Eye over the last year. More than that, it has prevented me from getting out and about, watching and photographing birds and wildlife – the thing I love to do most. Now, I don’t want…

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A Cormorant for Christmas

On a journey along the Standon Lane earlier this afternoon, a large black bird sitting high in an old oak by the lane caught my eye. As we came closer I was surprised to see that it was a cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo . Cormorants are no great rarity in the…

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Inquisitive youngster

 Earlier this year I treated myself to a new camera – A Pentax K200. I went with this as it was the equivalent digital model to the K1000 that I grew up with and allowed me to use my old lenses. Over the following months I decided to invest in…

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