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Clumber Park in Autumn

November 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Our intention was to head for Lincoln on a steam train photography trip but we thought it would be well worthwhile to call in at the National Trust property in Clumber Park. It’s a good location for a bit of wildlife photography down by Clumber Lake where the swans, ducks and geese gather hoping for easy pickings from any visitors.

Clumber ParkClumber ParkCanada Geese

There’s also a pleasant walk back through the woods to the visitor centre. Old tree stumps are covered with bird seed tempting a variety of  woodland birds down from the surrounding trees to take advantage of some easy food. Of course the resident grey squirrels don’t mind helping themselves too.

Clumber ParkClumber ParkAutumn

The bright autumn sunshine made for some excellent photographic conditions and a few that were just downright difficult.

Clumber ParkClumber ParkOur visit on 09 November 2014 Cormorants

Our full set of photographs can be found here.

A Short Visit to The East Lancashire Railway

October 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We decided on making a second visit to the East Lancashire Railway. Last year we visited their autumn steam gala on a rather wet Saturday afternoon. This year the forecast wasn’t much better but we hoped the rain would stay away.

We were looking for some different views away from the station at Ramsbottom where most of our shots were taken last year. As a compromise we decided to start at Ramsbottom then move on to Summerseat and finally visit Burrs Country Park. The rain arrived by mid afternoon and we headed for home.

Our portfolio of pictures can be found here.

Autumn Steam Gala 19 Oct 2014Autumn Steam Gala 19 Oct 2014Burrs Country Park

Visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings - 16 October 2014

October 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A break in the previous dew days of miserable weather gave us a lovely sunny afternoon. 

It was just perfect to tempt us into paying a visit to our nearest  RSPb reserve at Fairburn Ings.

It was very picturesque in the autumn sunshine and as usual we left with lots of photos to sort through. Our favourites are posted here.

RSPB Fairburn IngsRSPB Fairburn Ings

An October Visit to RSPB Old Moor

October 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Our photos of our visit to RSPB Old Moor have now been added to our portfolio.

Old Moor 10-Oct-2014Old Moor 10-Oct-2014

Golden Plovers had arrived in their hundreds but kept well out of close up camera range so all our photos of them were taken on maximum zoom.


In Search of Some Reds

September 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
On Thursday we visited the National Trust property at Formby in Lancashire. Visiting our local RSPB reserves we normally end up photographing grey squirrels as these photogenic little creatures make the most of the free food on offer. Formby has the much rarer red squirrels and we decided on a visit to see if we could spot some.
Pine WoodlandPine WoodlandNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
The squirrels have their own walk “Formby Red Squirrel Walk” but the property has walks through the woodland and sand dunes down to the sea. Our walk took us through the pine woodlands planted up in the 1800’s and past small fields where asparagus was once cultivated. The woods turn from pine to deciduous woodland known as Nicotine Wood. In the 1950’s and 1960’s thousands of tonnes of tobacco leaf waste were dumped here. 
Nicotine WoodNicotine WoodNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
The woodlands give way to more open ground before reaching the sand dunes and eventually views of the beach and the Irish Sea.
Irish SeaIrish SeaNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
After a walk along the beach we headed back to the main “Red Squirrel Walk”. There were lots of reds about but they don’t sit still for long and you have to be very quick on the shutter release button if you don’t want a blur of red fur as you chosen subject heads up the nearest pine tree. 
Red SquirrelRed SquirrelNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire