A selection of photos I have taken and videos recorded.  The videos are a mix of trailcam and CCTV all set up in our garden.  You’ll need to click on the links within the text to view the videos….a new window will open for you.  Otherwise, the slide viewer will show you a range of photos….just click the left or right arrow within either of the the photo frames.

(The logo/favicon on this site- the sparrowhawk- is a photo I took when sparrowhawk landed on our patio table.)

From our current home:

Hitchcock would have been proud! We have a large flock of sparrows coming to the bird-feeders on the patio

Taken from our back door one evening

Wigtown Bay in the distance. Deer in the field.

The Galloway Hills in winter

We get to see great sunrises and sunsets. We are on a bird (especially geese) migration route.

Galloway Hills with fog over Wigtown Bay. Another picture taken from our back garden.

Big skies viewed from the back garden

Edge of our garden

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From our previous home in Moray:

Buzzard waiting

Hare

A Story: Buzzard sees hare.....

....Hare makes a run for it....

...Buzzard flies off...(Hare did survive. This time)

Heron in a neighbour's tree

Waxwing in front garden hedge

Geese resting on the hillside opposite our home. En route to Findhorn Bay.

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We have a range of wildlife visit our garden.  Some is a bit more welcome than others.  For example, there have been times when, looking out of the window first thing in the morning, we have seen several large mole-hills.  I tried being nice to mole.  When I asked them to leave they refused.  They came across as being very aggressive.  I then asked them to keep to the edges of the lawn, where they would be less obtrusive and not so damaging.  This has worked to some extent- but now and again they either forget or a “stranger mole” comes along and doesn’t know the rules.  Whatever the case, I now have a natural ally- badger.  Badger in the garden overnight usually means no, or certainly fewer, molehills.  We have also had fox in the garden.  We have had fox and badger in the garden at the same time….no problem.  We have had two badgers in the garden at the same time….big problem.
Bunny enjoys the garden– sometimes a bit too much.  And has managed to avoid fox- so far.
Pheasant also visits regularly- often scavenging from what falls out of the bird-feeders.
We often hear owl in the surrounding woods.  I tried filming owl but had no idea where s/he would perch.  Then one day- it was actually my mother’s birthday (though she had died a couple of years previously)- I looked out of a bedroom window one evening…and there was owl perched on a fence post.  So I set up a trailcam pointing in that direction.  For months I filmed the occasional corvid- usually crow- many a sparrow, pigeon, blue tit etc…but no owl.  Then, one day I checked the camera- and there s/he was.  On the fence post where s/he had been seen before.  And the day I filmed owl was my own birthday.  And I have never been able to film owl since….though I have picked up owl pellets in the patio and still hear owl occasionally.
Finally, I have some admiration and respect for the courage and survival instincts of this wee jumpy beastie.  S/he is often to be seen leaping across the lawn- even shortly after badger or fox have left.
I now have an occasional  livestream video of the garden so anyone can watch the badgers in real time.
Here is a video of five badgers on our lawn.  I think it is Mum, triplet “cubs” (pretty grown now) from this year, plus a male.