Joy in Autumn

‘The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment‘ – Robert Falcon Scott A lovely sunny day at the height of autumn a few weeks ago, perfect for a little walk over in the nearby park Plascrug, a beautiful little gem of nature right in the heart of Aberystwyth. Usually a great little…

Starlings, sunsets and silhouettes

It’s been a long two weeks as we endured a second lockdown here in Wales and as predicted the weather for the first week was pretty dire and miserable, not great for lifting the mood. Fortunately as we entered the second week the weather smiled down on us once more and I was ready and…

Monday motivation

There’s nothing like capturing an image you have wanted to achieve all year, to provide a bit of Monday Motivation! I’ve spent a lot of time watching the house sparrows this summer, and seen my fair share of courtship and mating behaviour, but capturing that crucial moment has always proved illusive. The birds are often…

Beebombs

At the start of lockdown some months ago, finding myself with a lot more free time on my hands (how I long for that now!) I finally got around to planting my ‘beebombs’. Beebombs are wildflower seedballs designed to be scattered on open ground or in gardens to replicate a wildflower meadow. With such habitats…

Happy Fathers’ Day!

This male house sparrow looks rather weary and fed up of his youngster’s constant demands. I’m sure there are many human fathers out there that can sympathise at the moment! — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2020 http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see…

You can take a dog to water…

…but as we discovered, you can’t always persuade it to swim! Our little mongrel dog Kaiya has never really been a fan of water, despite her part poodle  genetics. In the last few weeks however whilst we’ve been baking in the sunniest May on record, she finally realised that playing the sea can be great…

The secret lives of sparrows

During my daily ‘exercise’ (or rather, sitting down with camera poised), my aim over the past week has been to capture the daily antics of a rather overlooked bird, the humble house sparrow. Not spectacularly coloured or great songsters but fascinating in their own right, they have always one of my favourites British birds and…

Corvid not covid

Sunday March 29th: Isolation Day 6 Almost a week into our new life of uncertainty and restriction and the boredom and monotony is beginning to set in. Fortunately the sun is still shining enabling me to get out briefly each day for my daily dose of nature therapy. Whilst being limited to just one small…

Lifeforms Art review

This Christmas rather than heading out to the crowded high street and buying extravagant presents for your loved ones why not support your local independent business, crafter or artist instead? This #indieweek I’ll be promoting some of these creatives and their products to give you a little Christmas inspiration. If you are looking for a…

World Kindness Day

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi As today is World Kindness Day what better way to spend the morning than to spread a little kindness myself by feeding the local bird population. I have a particular affection for the…

Light and texture

Autumn for many birds is the season to moult, replacing old worn out feathers after a tough summer of breeding. At this time of year many birds become rather elusive, hiding away whilst they are at this vulnerable stage of life. Whilst there aren’t a great deal of birds around to photograph at the moment,…

A helping hand

I am a great believer that you can find nature everywhere, providing you take the time to look for it. Sometimes however nature quite literally turns up on your doorstep, like this minuscule damselfly which found itself trapped inside my front porch a few days ago. It was a blue-tailed damselfly, a common species which…