23
Jan-2015

What a wild and wonderful start to the New Year. Exploring winter trees with children from two Bristol schools, a magical starling murmuration for the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and working with Wildlife Skills trainees to develop photography skills for future employment.

And being upstaged by a kingfisher!

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A seahorse of starlings on the Somerset Levels – murmuration magic. And then the starling cloud flew right in front of us .

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Through the autumn and winter I’ve been working with two schools in Bristol exploring the trees & wildlife in their school grounds. So many beautiful images & discoveries by the children during our autumn session – would winter offer as much inspiration?

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Well it was certainly cold, but that didn’t stop the children’s observation, exploration & creativity. Discovering the textures, tones, colours and sounds of winter and even a few ladybirds and two frogs! Wood & foliage photos by children

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Exquisite observation of winter colours by pupil (aged 9)

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Branching Out in Bristol – A little tree-ativity to end our Wild Wonder session

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Then I was upstaged by a kingfisher!

Working with the Devon, Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust I was delivering a photography tuition session to the 20 Wildlife Skills trainees (a year-long bursary to equip trainees with skills needed to gain employment in conservation). Mid flow in my introductory talk, a bird ringer walked in and announced they had just caught a kingfisher – did we want to see it?

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Close-up experiences like this don’t come along too often!

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Moments later, the kingfisher was ready for release.  Wow – such a beautiful encounter.

How do you follow that!  Exposure compensation!

A huge thanks to everyone at Waycroft & Wansdyke Schools, everyone at Wildlife Skills (below in silly hats!) and PTES  for a wild & wonderful start to 2015

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