Friday, 9 January 2009

A private Nature Reserve

Yesterday afternoon just after I had finished work for the day and was about to resume building the kitchen there was a bang om the door. It was a friend of mine who lives around the other side of the village. Chris has 2 big interests in life, aircraft and wildlife, he produces DVD's of historic aircraft for the collectors market but it his interest in wildlife which brought us together.

Last summer I set a quiz for the village in which they had to identify local wildlife from my photo's. Chris saw this and came to see me to ask me if I would like to photograph a Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus nesting in his garden (silly question!!). Having checked that it was legal to photograph the bird on the nest with English nature I went round to his garden. Well his garden is several acres which he has converted into a nature reserve, there is woodland, a couple of ponds, one with a small reedbed and purpose built wooden hides. The bird was nesting about 10m from one of the hides in a pine tree.

As you can see the results were pretty good.

The reason Chris came to see me yesterday was to tell me he is building a tower hide ( a builders scaffold tower with camouflage netting) near the nest site so hopefully this year he can get film and I can get photos looking down into the nest, I can't wait.