2022 Highlights Part 1 – The ‘Bee Garden’

As we wave goodbye to another year and welcome in 2023, it’s the time to look back once again at my own personal highlights from the last twelve months. Top of this list just had to be the success of my ‘bee garden’, a small patch of garden which I transformed into a mini wildflower…

The coldest day

Last week in the UK we endured freezing temperatures with thermometers dropping as low as minus 10 degrees here in Wales, certainly the coldest I have known it to be in the twelve years we have lived here. Whilst it may have been uncomfortable and inconvenient for us, spare a thought for our wildlife struggling…

National Robin Day

A robin with feathers fluffed up to keep warm on a crisp, golden winter morning. Happy Robin Day! —Photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2022www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see my latest photographs. Click the ‘follow’ button on the bottom to subscribe to my blog….

A focus on frost

The UK is currently in the midst of winter, and as a cold front descends from the north temperatures have barely risen above freezing for days, dropping as low as minus 6 degrees celsius overnight here in our little welsh village. Brrr! A brief flurry of snow fell a few days ago and since then…

Starling watch resumes

After a dismal day full of driving rain and wind it looked like any hopes of a decent starling watch this evening were dashed. Fortunately as dusk approached the weather turned and a few tempting patches of blue sky began to appear. Heading out at the last minute, I arrived at the pier just in…

My favourite time of year

As the seasons change and the residual warmth and vibrant colours of autumn are replaced by the chill and bleakness of winter, these darkening days signal the start of my favourite time of year for photography. The return of Aberystwyth’s famous starling murmurations. Each winter here in Aberystwyth thousands of starlings gather in huge flocks…

Sighting: White Banded Digger Bee

Last week I took a long overdue holiday to visit family on the tiny island of Malta in the Medditeranean. Whilst much of the trip was spent enjoying quality time together (and taking lots of photos of my gorgeous nephew) I was still always ready to capture some of the natural beauty to be found…

Summer scorcher

The Botanic Gardens of Wales down in Carmarthen has become one of my favourite places for a day out. For a photographer there is always something new to discover here and the ever changing landscape of flowers never fails to disappoint and delight. My most recent visit was back in July, which also happened to…

2023 Calendars now available!

My Aberystwyth Murmuration calendars are back for another year! The 2023 edition features some brand new images as well as some old favourites, and features bilingual text in both English and Welsh! Calendars are produced by My Local Calendar company, a platform for photographers to share high quality calendars showcasing the best of their local…

Tangarreg Pools Photographic Hides

What better way to spend a Monday off work than indulging in a few hours of uninterrupted bird photography which, apart from around my own garden bird feeder has been somewhat lacking lately. On today’s agenda was a long overdue visit to Tangarreg Pools, custom built photographic hides run by local photographer and wildlife enthusiast…

New neighbours

After a frantic breeding season my red mason bees have now disappeared from the garden. Inside the bee box their larvae are concealed safe inside the nest chambers to await the arrival of next spring when they will emerge as adults and begin the cycle all over again. In their place another species of bees…

A charm of goldfinches

As work on transforming the bare garden into a wildlife friendly haven continues, the addition of a bird feeding station is the latest project which has been keeping me occupied in recent weeks. There was one bird in particular I was especially keen to entice, my favourite of all our british birds the stunning goldfinch….