Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography: Blog http://www.charliebishop.com/blog en-us (C) Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:11:00 GMT Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:11:00 GMT http://www.charliebishop.com/img/s/v-5/u777705254-o820967158-50.jpg Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography: Blog http://www.charliebishop.com/blog 120 120 Spamming my Guestbook http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/10/spamming-my-guestbook Sadly, I've had to delete my "Guestbook Page".

It was constantly being spammed and I just could not keep going back to delete these dreadful entries.

I imagine there must be some auto spamming program.

I'm sorry but I suppose that it's a sign of the times.

 

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/10/spamming-my-guestbook Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:11:10 GMT
May Kingfisher update. http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/5/may-kingfisher-update Sadly the birds have paired up late this year and as of 3rd May still had still not constructed a nest.  Add to this the six weeks required for incubation and fledging, then May is no longer a viable option for guaranteed photography.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/5/may-kingfisher-update Thu, 04 May 2017 15:36:34 GMT
Kingfisher Update http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/4/kingfisher-update I've been down the river several times this year to see how things are progressing.  In February I noticed that the main perch was gone and that there was much flood debris along the river caught up in low hanging branches.  So on the 10th April I had a "Big Gardening Day!"   In my trusty chest waders (what a sight) I set about clearing the debris and giving the area a good check-over.  With a bow saw I removed the branches which were choking the river's flow leaving a much clearer expanse for the Kingfishers to dive into.  I returned again yesterday (19th April) and sat back for an hour to see if there was any activity.  A truly beautiful female kingfishers flew on to the newly erected perch for a minute or two.  She then flew several metres down river close to last year's nest and after another few minutes departed.  Sadly I was without my camera but I will return next week and hopefully I can post a couple of images. 

Thing are looking promising .... I'll keep you posted.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses nature photographic courses wildlife http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/4/kingfisher-update Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:53:25 GMT
It's Duck Season http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/2/its-duck-season As we sit staring out of the window, waiting for the rain to ease, the ducks are having a great time.  Their numbers seem greater than ever, and, there are good photographic opportunities out there.  This Wigeon was photographed at RSPB Greylake but there are loads of other lakes and ponds with our winter wildlife.  So go on, put on your hat and gloves and get out there.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Charlie Bishop RSPB Greylake Wigeon duck in-flight nature wildlife http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/2/its-duck-season Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:26:48 GMT
Happy New Year http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/1/happy-new-year Well 2017 is upon us.  I went to Blashford Nature Reserve yesterday and had some smashing views of this Water Rail.  Sadly he stayed in the shadows but well worth some images.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Blashford Water Rail nature wildlife http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2017/1/happy-new-year Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:13:27 GMT
Kingfisher update. http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/9/kingfisher-update Well sadly I have to finish the 2016 courses on the river.  I had hoped that the late summer/early autumn might provide opportunities for those who I had to cancel due to the flooding earlier this year.  Rest assured I will be back on the river in the spring of 2017.  Here's a shot of this year's male, let's hope he makes it through the winter.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Bishop Charlie Kingfisher courses kingfisher photographic photography http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/9/kingfisher-update Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:33:47 GMT
Summer in the garden http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/7/summer-in-the-garden Nature truly can be cruel, but hey, Sparrow Hawk chicks need feeding too.  If you have a popular bird table I'm sure this beautiful predator must visit at time to time.  If you're into wildlife photography its not all about long lenses.  This was shot with a 70-200!

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Sparrow Hawk http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/7/summer-in-the-garden Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:40:51 GMT
River level reaches nest and nest abandoned. http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/6/river-level-reaches-nest-and-nest-abandoned It is with much regret that the Kingfisher nest on my local river has been abandoned following the excessive rains we have recently experienced.  Over two days there has been no activity at the nest with the water level being just an inch or two below the nest entrance.

Sadly this has no doubt been replicated at dozens of other nest across the south of England underlining the vulnerability of these little birds.

Of course this pair will probably make another nest and hopefully have another clutch of eggs.

So, with fingers crossed, and incubation taking between 19 and 21 days, and a further 23 to 27 days to fledge there could still be the pitter patter of young Kingfishers mid to late August.

But this river also suffers from duck weed towards the end of summer, which forces the birds to fish elsewhere.

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope they raise a brood.

 

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/6/river-level-reaches-nest-and-nest-abandoned Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:23:36 GMT
Under New Management http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/5/under-new-management Well sadly "Flash", the male that has held this territory of the last 4 years, is no longer with us.

Being around 6 years old, I imaging he didn't make it through the winter.

But let's not forget the numerous youngsters that he's raised.

However, there is a new guy on the river (see photo) and last week he's found a partner.

I saw them mating a couple of times, so with a little luck we may have the pitter patter of little Kingfishers in early July.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2016/5/under-new-management Mon, 16 May 2016 11:57:11 GMT
Duck Weed http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/10/duck-weed Sadly this year's courses were cut short due to the invasion of this dreadful Duck Weed.

Made up of tiny leaves, it has floated down and covered most of the river.

This forced the Kingfishers to temporarily move off down river.  It happens every year but during 2015 it was earlier than usual.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/10/duck-weed Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:47:41 GMT
Juvenile Kingfishers everywhere! http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/7/juvenile-kingfishers-everywhere Down the river today with Ben and Keith after a few weeks away.

Sadly no sign of adults but there were 6 juveniles.

Four I believe were from the first brood and two were somewhat older.

Perhaps these had been driven downriver by their parents.

Still it was a joy to watch them squabble!

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/7/juvenile-kingfishers-everywhere Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:16:40 GMT
Dad's still busy ........ http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/dads-still-busy Dave and Andy joined me today for another great day on the river.  Sadly the juveniles are being fed out of site but the adult female, also likes a free meal, provided by here ever loyal partner.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/dads-still-busy Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:47:13 GMT
Yes at last they've fledged. http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/yes-at-last-theyve-fledged Two yesterday and two today but at last they've made the leap of faith.  I only had my camcorder with me today but here's a "Still" from it.  Isn't he handsome and it's his very first day in the big wide world.
 

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/yes-at-last-theyve-fledged Sat, 06 Jun 2015 16:08:23 GMT
Having a quiet preen http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/having-a-quiet-preen Another successful day on the river.  Andy came along and here's one of his more unusual images.  Thankfully the female had a better day's fishing and I'm sure those chicks are all the better for it!

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/having-a-quiet-preen Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:35:46 GMT
At last the weather's on the turn http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/azt-last-the-weathers-on-the-turn Another great day for images on the river.  However, I'm a little concerned regarding the female's "willingness" to feed the chicks, which are still in the nest.  In the six hours Nigel and I were there, we only saw her take one fish to the nest, whereas the male took around thirty!  Come on girl, knuckle down.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/6/azt-last-the-weathers-on-the-turn Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:26:19 GMT
No chicks, but the sun's back. http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/no-chicks-but-the-suns-back After yesterday's downpour the sun returned.  Noel had a great day and here's one of his favourites.  Those chicks still haven't fledged.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/no-chicks-but-the-suns-back Sat, 30 May 2015 15:07:37 GMT
And then it rained! http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/and-then-it-rained Rained, it chucked it down.  Luckily Jean Parry and I, had cover in the Dome Hides (I never knew that they were that water proof).  Sadly the poor male was soaked.  But with chicks to feed, he soldiered on.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/and-then-it-rained Fri, 29 May 2015 18:14:27 GMT
They are "Still" in there http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/they-are-still-in-there When will those little darlings fledge?

Regardless, Ken and Bob still had a great day's photography.

Ken was brave enough to use the river platform for this outstanding image.

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/they-are-still-in-there Wed, 27 May 2015 18:08:01 GMT
Still haven't fledged http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/still-havent-fledged A great on the river today with Carol Dyer. 

The weather could have been kinder but Carol still took some outstanding images.

When will those chicks fledge!

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/still-havent-fledged Sun, 24 May 2015 16:15:11 GMT
The latest from the river http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/the-lates-from-the-river I Popped down to the river yesterday, for a couple of hours.

After replenishing the feeding station with ten normal sized minnows, the male was soon fishing from it.

It was emptied within 30 minutes, taking 9 to the nest and eating the tenth.

I restocked again with normal size minnows, and once more it was emptied in next to no time.

The chicks should be almost fully grown so they will be fledging very soon.

How exciting!

 

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charlie@charliebishop.com (Charlie Bishop Wildlife Photography) Bird Charlie Bishop Kingfisher photography kingfisher kingfisher photography courses photographic courses http://www.charliebishop.com/blog/2015/5/the-lates-from-the-river Thu, 21 May 2015 08:52:51 GMT