Category: Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer

New Year 2020..Highlights

Belatedly some highlights from my trips out over the New Year period.The weather was a bit up and down but there were a few drier and brighter days when I could get out with the camera.It was good to get out and return to normality after the festive se…

End of Year at Martin Mere

For a change recently I have made one or two visits to Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve.There is always plenty to see at the reserve and it was good to visit the various hides again.The predominant birds present at this time of the year …

Christmas Mix…Owls,Geese and a Kestrel.

I have managed to get out with the camera recently on the few fine days in between what has been another very wet period.I went to the barn owl location where the barn owls were out early hunting field voles.On the way I had very nice views of a male k…

Winter Thrushes and a Barn Owl

My first post for December follows a similar theme to my last posting.There are still plenty of fieldfares present in the countryside gorging themselves on the abundant berry crop.On my latest trip out with the camera I found more fieldfares together w…

Fieldfares and a Woodpecker

This last week or so I have been out and about with the camera. It has been a dry week for a change with mostly cloudy conditions and a brisk easterly wind.The previous week gave more sun and was ideal for photographing fieldfares.These Scandanavian th…

Godwits Galore.

The constant and very heavy rain during October had caused problems for the farmers in the Pilling area.This part of Lancashire is famous for growing potatoes but a lot of the harvest had been lost to the weather.The flooded fields were well under wate…

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Beardies..Leighton Moss..October 2019

It had been a number of years since I had first photographed Bearded Tits at Leighton Moss.They are a very elusive bird to see and early Autumn is one of the best times to see them.In the Autumn their diet changes from insects to the seeds of the commo…

Swan Lake

The title of a very well known ballet but this last week or so I have had my own versions of Swan Lake.Following the recent persistent daily and heavy rain the fields have been like inland lakes.Particularly around the Pilling and Nateby areas.These fl…

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Leighton Moss…Waders

Around this time of the year I like to visit Leighton Moss RSPB reserve.I have found that it can be good to observe passage waders which are on their way south and call in to refuel for the long journeys ahead.One wader I particularly like to see is th…

Wheatears and a Cuckoo

Recently just up the road at Pilling an uncommon wheatear was discovered by a local birder. It was showing very well along the sea wall at Fluke Hall.It was showing daily and was observed by many birders from far and near.It was thought to be either a …