Category: Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer

Fish and Frogs

No not fish and chips but fish and frogs!! Recently I have visited again local nature reserves where previously I had encounters with great crested grebes and a great white egret.They were still both around and were quite active.The great white egret w…

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Grebes…Courting and Fishing

This week I returned to watch the great crested grebes at a local nature reserve.The weather had at last settled down and it was more like Spring.The storms had gone away and conditions were calm as I arrived with camera at the ready.Ten minutes down t…

Great Crested Grebes…February 2020

That time of the year had arrived when I look forward to catching up with the Great Crested Grebes at a local Nature Reserve.About now they begin their elaborate courtship and mating rituals and can make for some interesting images.The weather recently…

Egrets…Mere Sands Wood

The weather is still very disturbed following Storm Dennis which left many parts of the country suffering from severe flooding.Lancashire escaped the worst of the weather although there has been a lot of rain and the ground is saturated.Today the sun i…

Snowdrops..Dippers and a Barn Owl

The weather recently has been very much up and down with little settled weather.There have been one or two drier and settled days and I have managed to get out with the camera.I decided to visit the Brock Valley where I hadn’t been for a few years to s…

Brexit Day..31.1.2020. Blog Update

At last Brexit has arrived as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union later today.I am just updating my blog for January 2020. It has not been good for photography this month with many days of anticyclonic gloom and I have not had many excursions …

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…