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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: oh deer

    Here at The Lodge today it's pretty wet, cold and generally unpleasant outside. But however wet it is where you are, you're probably not quite as damp as this red deer hind. Her calf doesn't look too impressed, either... Find more beautiful photos like this at RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: dancing newts

    It's February and while spring is still off on the horizon, the darkest days are behind us. One of my favorite sights during this month (that goes on till April) is the emergence and mating display of the smooth newt. It takes a bit of effort to see this phenomenon and you need to know the...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: winter fishing

    Winter has struggled to turn up so far but today, as an icy fog hangs over the fields, it fells like it's finally arrived. While lots of mammals take the sensible strategy of hibernating through these cold months, there's no rest for most of us including this industrious kingfisher. ...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Beautiful fog

    Waking up to the drab grey of fog doesn't immediately fill you with enthusiasm for the coming day, but this shot of a black-headed gull silhouetted against the sun shows how beautiful even this weather can be! With a week that promises more cold and fog perhaps this will inspire the budding photographers...
  • Blog Post: Amphibians in winter

    Amphibians are some of our most primitive land animals to own a backbone. Unfortunately for them one of their primitive traits is an inability to regulate body temperature which means that in the UK they have to take action before it gets freezing cold! The best way to do this is to hibernate or...
  • Blog Post: T'up yonder hill

    The Yorkshire three peaks consist of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and the circuit is based over 25 miles. The aim is to make it round in less than twelve hours which is pretty doable if you can just keep going! The Yorkshire dales are stunning even with the inevitable downpour every now...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: are we nearly there yet?

    Yesterday I think I managed to experience all the seasons in one day - there was a bit of snow, some very persistent rain, patchy fog, and the sun even shone through for a couple of glorious hours! It was hard to know whether to wrap up warm, or be thinking about putting away my winter coat for the year...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: a grey day

    I feel I should start by clarifying that I don't have anything against Mondays. In fact, I generally get on very well with them. But just occasionally they make me feel a little crotchety. But you know what? That's totally okay. Because even in moodiness it's possible to find beauty as...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 21

    For those of us not snowed in, there’s still time to get out and enjoy flocking starlings . Here are some top spots to get out and witness this wildlife spectacle for yourselves. Photo credit: David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) Brighton Pier Ham Wall Saltholme Newport Wetlands Leighton...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: enjoy the show

    With many of us getting ready to let out our best 'oohs' and 'ahhs' at a firework's display tonight, let's not forget that nature can put on a pretty spectacular display, too: Now I've never seen the Northern Lights, but by all accounts it's a mesmerizing experience...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: a break in the clouds

    The rain was pretty relentless round my way this weekend, so I spent most of it cooped up inside. But today, the skies are blue and the sun is shining. I'm just hoping that unlike the very atmospheric image below, this break in the clouds is a little more permanent. Find your break in the...
  • Blog Post: Floor flora

    We got one day, one glorious day this week when you thought 'spring... I remember that'. On that day I managed to have a walk through The Lodge reserve on a lunch break. Sitting on the edge of the old quarry among spongy plants, and looking over a distant view of train lines and pylons I felt...
  • Blog Post: It is spring, isn't it?

    I’m sure that it’s supposed to be spring by now, the county cricket season has begun, the trees are beginning to green up, but still winter is hanging on, refusing to give up. I walked in this morning with a very cold breeze cutting right through me. It is springtime, isn’t it?! Here...
  • Blog Post: Monday magic moment: frost in close-up

    Some of you further north may have already had a touch of frost this year, but as I went to my car yesterday evening and was forced to get the rough side of my squeegee out to remove the ice, it definitely felt like winter for the first time. This macro image of frost shows us the crystallisation...
  • Blog Post: Birds and beers

    In the past few weeks, as summer has finally got into its stride, I've had reason to visit various beer gardens. After a 'hard' day in the office, what's nicer than a beer garden with a glass of your favourite beverage and some good company? It just happens that beer gardens can be great...
  • Blog Post: Is anybody there?

    I'm not going to lie - the Birdwatch can be a worrying time. What biscuits will I have with my cup of tea? Can I sit in my favourite chair and still see the garden? Will the birds know I'm watching them and not turn up? Ok, so I'm being silly about the first two, but every year we get people...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: an Indian summer

    With the promise of an Indian summer this week, I'm looking forward to warm days and beautiful sunsets. I'm hoping for something as atmospheric as this image by David Osborn! As well as looking out your window, you'll also find beautiful sunsets on RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Time for a huddle?

    A cold, arctic wind is heading towards us this weekend. So, whilst we can all dust off the winter coats, dig out the scarf and gloves (hopefully finding a matching pair, although if you're anything like me you'll end up with two left handed ones!), what can the birds and wildlife do? Well...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: flapping arms and silly dancing

    The weather at the weekend was perfect for a picnic. And where there's food, there also always seems to be no shortage of wasps hoping to take advantage of it! In-between quite a bit of arm flapping and strange dancing, it's hard to find time to really look at wasps. But this image of one...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment... rain deer

    As I saw a vortex of blue descend over Scotland on the weather forecast yesterday, my mind wandered to the animals that are stuck outside there come rain or shine. The efforts of this red deer to get dry seem futile as the rain keeps streaking down. The sheer volume of water flying of this youngster’s...
  • Blog Post: What's the weather doing to our reserves?

    Now we all know that if there’s one thing us Brits like to talk about it’s the weather! So just what is going on this year? We’ve seen parts of the UK in drought and other parts in flood. But what does it all mean for our wildlife? We asked reserve staff up and down the UK what it...
  • Blog Post: Why fat is a bird's best friend

    We humans are constantly bombarded with messages that Fat Is Bad. It's less lard, more olive oil these days. And rightly so, much of the time. Now that many of us live rather sedentary lives, sitting around in heated offices and houses, fat isn't as important for us as it once was. For birds...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: I think it's raining...

    Here at RSPB HQ it's less of a magic Monday and more of a miserable Monday, weather-wise. This splendid white-tailed eagle certainly it looks as it knows that feeling... Fingers crossed for better weather soon! You can brighten your afternoon by taking a browse through RSPB Images , our very own...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...is that a damsel in distress?

    With the sunny weather looking like it's going to hang around all weekend, now is the perfect time to see if you can spot some pretty damsels at a pond or stream near you! As cold-blooded creatures, damselflies rely on the heat of the sun for energy and so are much more active and easier to see...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... down by the water

    With temperatures set to stay below freezing for some time to come, it might seem a good idea to sit it out indoors. But if you wrap up warm and venture outside, the icy weather may bring some surprises. The big freeze makes life difficult for many waterbirds. Bad news for them, but it can bring us...