Avian Meditation

I’ve never been able to meditate. I’ve tried it before, frustrated and envious of those people who can sit still and completely disengage from the distractions around them. For a start, I can’t even sit up straight without getting uncomfortable. I know you can meditate lying down, but then I just fall asleep. If I […]

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Over the Loch

The gloom that had settled over the Cairngorms earlier in the week was long gone. As we pulled into the car park I leant forward and saw sunlight pouring through the coniferous canopy in diagonal slants, turning green needles shimmering gold. Another forest to explore! I couldn’t wait. Once all members of the convoy had […]

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Stop and Look

In our bittersweet digital age, it’s so easy to be lazy. As a photographer who has tried using film but undoubtedly prefers shooting digital, I have the ability to take thousands of photos of the same thing if I want to. Once I have a camera and hard drive, there are no other essential expenses […]

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“Drip Drip Drop Little June Downpours”

After staying indoors for several days straight – as a result of both the drizzly weather and the editing I needed to do – Kerr and I decided we should brave the rain and go for a walk somewhere. Naturally, we chose to go to the beach, specifically Bowness on Solway only half an hour’s drive […]

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Birds on the Pond

Over this year I’d heard some good stuff about Hammonds Pond in Carlisle – the otter sightings had particularly caught my interest – so Zahrah and I set off bright and early to make the most of the morning. We were immediately met by a beautiful green park with footpaths snaking off in all different directions. […]

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Carna – Day Two

Species seen: Buzzard – Buteo buteo Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos Common Seal – Phoca vitulina Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus Drinker Moth caterpillar – Euthrix potatoria Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Eurasian Rock Pipit – Anthus petrosus Great Black-Backed Gull – Larus […]

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Carna – Day One

Species seen (heard): Barn Owl – Tyto alba Common Frog – Rana temporaria Common Tern – Sterna hirundo Eurasian Otter – Lutra lutra Hooded Crow – Corvus cornix Lesser Redpoll – Acanthis cabaret Red-Breasted Merganser – Mergus serrator (Cuckoo – Cuculus canorus) (Snipe – Gallinago gallinago) (Tawny Owl – Strix aluco) From May 21st to 26th, I joined four other Wildlife Media students for […]

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Last of the Lakes

My friend George was just about to graduate from Wildlife Media, and during his time at university he wanted to visit all the lakes in the Lake District. Technically, only Bassenthwaite is considered a true lake, while all the others are classed as waters, meres and tarns. Still, we set technicalities aside. The last on […]

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Media Skills Weekend

Last weekend was brutal, but strangely rewarding. As part of our course, Wildlife and Adventure Media students attended a weekend trip to Ratlingate Scout Activity Centre to improve in all things media. On the evening of our arrival, we were set our first brief at 9pm: capture images of the night sky. This was immediately […]

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When You’re Messing About By The River

Today we visited Broad Colney Lakes Nature Reserve, Hertfordshire. I’m always scouring the net looking for somewhere I can go with both my camera and my dog, and this little corner of wildlife paradise permitted both. I wasn’t expecting to see any otters like the website advertised – maybe another time – but I still […]

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