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Autumn Half Term Activities

Autumn Half Term Activities
Autumn Half Term Activities
I'm sure many of you are thinking of what you can do with your kids in the coming autumn half term (or like in our house the half term that is already upon us, inset day today) so I have come up with a few, interesting and exciting, ideas for you to maybe try out with your kids (I say you as unfortunately I have the pleasure of working most of the holiday, so won't get to spend time doing any of these with my kids, which is a real shame). As always they are all of wildlife persuasion, and the majority are outdoor based (I think we all spend too much time inside) some may involve travel (and one may incur a fee depending on where you go). Anyway I hope you enjoy and find useful my Autumn Half Term Activities post.

In Search of Autumn

In search of Autumn
In search of Autumn
I'm trying to rest my back a little this week, so today instead of packing up all my gear in my big rucksack (or even my small shoulder bag) I decided to head out light just me, my bins and my camera with the 100mm macro lens, slung over my shoulder, oh and a flash in my pocket (to be fair the light was pretty poor anyway so wouldn't have had much luck with my long lens anyway) my aim was to try and photograph some signs of autumn, my real hope was to find some stunning fungus, toadstools or mushrooms, and so my search for Autumn began.

Red Deer Video

Red Deer in Silhouette
Red Deer in Silhouette
I've finally finished editing and uploading to Youtube the video I shot of Red Deer on Wednesday [Rutting Red Deer Photography] , firstly sorry it has taken me a week to get sorted, I'm not the greatest editor when it comes to video (in fact I'm pretty rubbish and using the most basic software out there) the sound is not the best (sorry only have the cameras internal mic) and you can hear quite a bit of my jacket rustling (I've cut out my text messages!), but whatever happens you can still hear all the bellowing (or Bloving as I believe it is called).Anyway I hope you like my Red Deer Video.

Photo of The Week #18

Red Deer, stag
Red Deer, young stag


Photo of the week #18 was always going to be a Red Deer, it was just a matter of deciding which one I would choose, this is currently my favourite, I love the natural frame created by the trees and the colours just feel like autumn.

A Quick Walk around Manor Farm

Grey Heron in Silhouette - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
Grey Heron in Silhouette - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
After cycling over 14 miles yesterday and falling off my bike for the first time since I was a child I planned only a quick walk today, the aim was to see if a Stonechat reported to me on here was still around and hoping to pick up a few winter birds for the patch list, alas there was no sign of the chat and due to some work going on at the farm (digger at West end and two large rock trucks going from one end to the other on the south side) there wasn't much about at all.

Pocket guide to wild flowers - Review

Pocket guide to wild flowers cover image
Pocket guide to wild
flowers cover image

Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers by Bob Gibbons | Paperback | Waterproof PVC cover | Mar 2013 | 192 pages | 180 colour photos | ISBN: 9781780092614 | 


Wild flowers are something I often photograph, and enjoy the look of but have absolutely no idea what I am looking at most of the time, so this guide has become one I often chuck in the bag in the summer months. Before I get into the meat of the review of this book I would like to point out one thing, and that is; when it comes to pocket guides the important thing you really have to remember is that they are not always going to be the best guide to identification the world has seen, they are designed mainly for portability and I certainly like that element of these small books, this one is easy enough to slip into any pocket and light enough to barely be noticed, if you are looking for a book that will adorn your shelves and be used as purely a reference book never leaving the house, I'd advise looking away from pocket guides, that is not what they are for. Anyway on with my review of the Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers by Bob Gibbons.