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A Week Away in Sunny Margate

Friday, 18 April 2014

Oystercatcher - Sandwich bay, Kent
Oystercatcher - Sandwich bay, Kent
As I mentioned in an earlier post I had a weeks holiday planned (ended up being 4 days), nothing exciting, but visiting my old man in Margate (Kent), I'll be honest there wasn't a huge amount of getting out and about (normally we'd have a few days out or a few mornings at least) as our time was short and we wanted the kids to have some fun on the beach or in the arcades. Anyway here is a quick post with details about my one morning out, the moths I caught in his garden and anything else nature related (I actually didn't take my camera out for our trips to the beach as I wanted to give the kids my undivided attention for once).

Fossils A Photographic Field Guide - Review

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fossils a Photographic Field Guide - Cover image
Fossils a Photographic Field Guide - Cover image

Fossils A Photographic Field Guide by Chris and Helen Pellant |239 Pages | New Holland |Paper Back | 2013 | ISBN-978-1-78009-408-3


I’m a big believer that getting out in the fresh air is important, my first choice would always be a walk in a wild or semi wild place, where I have a chance of watching (or photographing) the birds or butterflies etc. Unfortunately teenagers don’t seem to agree with me (well my eldest son at least) yet when we visit “the grandparents” in Margate (Kent, UK) he can be convinced to wander the rock pools or visit Herne Bay and search for fossils, so when I received Fossils A Photographic Guide by Chris and Helen Pellant for review I was really pleased I had an excuse to get him out looking again.


New Holland Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Holland Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide |192 Pages | New Holland/The Wildlife Trust | Paperback| 2012 | ISBN-978-1-84773-786-1 |

I am quite lucky, my old man lives by the sea (the not so glamorous Margate, Kent) so I and my family have free (well travel expenses aside) trips to the coast pretty much when we want (assuming he isn't off on one of his world trips), what this really means is that we get to explore the nature of the rock pools and seashore (assuming we can drag the kids away from the beach or arcade for five minutes), so when we were offered a copy of the New Holland Concise Seashore Wildlife Guide we jumped at it.

New Holland Concise Pond Wildlife Guide - Review

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

New Holland Concise Pond Wildlife Guide |192 Pages | New Holland/The Wildlife Trust | Paperback| 2012 | ISBN-978-1-84773-977-3 |

You may have guessed but I am wildlife obsessed, my family are, how shall we put it, not quite at my level; but may daughter is becoming more interested (easier to convince her to go out in the summer  when it's warm and there is plenty about) and (as you can tell from this blog) we live near to a small lake and river system. So when I was approached to review the New Holland Concise Pond Wildlife Guide (that's a mouthful) I thought it would be a great book that she and I could share (I'll pass it to her fully now the review is written).


Wildlife Watching Supplies Bag Hide - Review

Monday, 7 April 2014



Light Weight, Hardwoods Green camouflage pattern bag hide | WildlifeWatching Supplies | £55.51 |


Short-Eared Owl - Milton Keynes 2010
Short-Eared Owl - Milton Keynes 2010
This is an old review that I have updated recently (it was originally posted on Fatphotographer.net in November 2010).

Once I'd received this lightweight (450g) bag hide, I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I decided to pop out to my local lake and see how it worked. Now I have never tried taking photographs from a portable hide, let alone a bag hide, so I was surprised just how easy it was to do. Simply throw the hide over you, the camera and tripod, and point the lens out through the adjustable hole. There is then a hood for your head that has a fetching scrim net to cover your face (this can be stuck out of the way with the use of the Velcro pads attached) - then sit back and wait for the action to come to you.