I caught this one on my back decking peering in through my patio window before it decided to jump on top of the fence.
Now … where did I put that cheese? Ah-ha … I have sniffed it and now I spy it! Yum-yum in my tum … … but I think I prefer the seed the feathered things drop from above …. squeak! Here I have tried to capture a few moments in the life of a House… Read More Something Cheesy
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) October 2017, local wood, Staffordshire, England.
This cheeky one was sitting on my garden fence until I poked my camera in its direction and it promptly jumped into my neighbour’s garden amongst their lights fitments. Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), September 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
Early this morning as I got up for work I looked out my bedroom window. What should I see on my garage roof? A beautiful young fox. I barely managed to open the blinds enough to get a reasonable few shots in, and dared not open the window, so these were taken through glass. It… Read More Morning Fox On The Roof
Even from a distance one can spot the goats which roam wild on the rugged headland of the Great Orme. I am always amazed how none of them slip off over the edge of the perilous high cliffs as they wander near the edges to fall to their deaths. We came across a small group… Read More The Great Orme Goats
A little further along the Great Orme coastal path this little one bounded out of the scrub. It allowed me a brief few moments into its life in the wild before it hopped out of view. Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales. April 2017
No, not cheese on toast, but a bunny from Llandudno with a beautiful seaview home who was just so chilled out on his front porch he didn’t want to move even though I was but a stone’s throw away snapping my camera and saying how cute he was. Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales.… Read More Welsh Rabbit
This was taken some years ago when I had the most fortunate experience of having this extraordinary badger visit me over a fairly long period. I often wonder what ever became of him, but cherish these once in a lifetime moments. You can learn more of my experience through my Badger Diary. You can learn… Read More Mr Badger Pays a Visit
Photograph of Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), taken December 2016, local woods, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
I love the way the afternoon lowering winter sun turns everything into a golden glow. On my walk this afternoon I heard the squirrels calling across the woods, then spotted this one bathed in gold. Photograph of Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), taken December 2016, local woods, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200,… Read More Golden Light On A Grey Squirrel
This is probably the very last photograph of the badger who used to regularly come and pay me a visit during 2012 and 2014. Photograph of European Badger (Meles meles), taken August 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.
Photograph of Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), taken August 2013, urban park, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.
About an hour ago I had a wonderful visitor who looked wet through to the bone after a heavy night’s rainfall, and looked a little worse for wear with what looks like a dirty cobweb strewn across his or her nose. I photographs this young Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) through the glass of my bedroom… Read More Fox Upon The Roof #2
Photographs of Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), taken August 2016, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Dorset. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
European Badger (Meles meles) The image above was my very first encounter with a real life badger, and the very first photograph I took one late night back in the summer of 2012 in my own backyard. I was so unbelievably excited I dared not open the sliding patio door for fear the noise would… Read More More of Mr Badger
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) I observed these rats come out of undergrowth to feed on bird seed which had been dislodged from a feeding point on a nature reserve. I was surprised how many there was, and all appearing in an orderly fashion, some following one behind the other. Also called the ‘Common Rat’ or… Read More Not For The Squeamish
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Some years ago I discovered foxes favoured my garage roof to relax. I would look out of my bedroom window, and to my surprise I would see them just chilling out and warming themselves in the golden rays of sunlight. This was rather unusual to see as the foxes around here… Read More Fox Upon The Roof
Myodes glareolus I came across this little vole on the bank of a local canal as I looked over an aged, arched bridge. And there it was, nibbling on bits of bread which folk had put out for the birds. The Bank Vole is one of Britain’s smallest voles. It has a reddish-chestnut coloured coat… Read More Bank Vole
Sciurus carolinensis There are many of these Grey Squirrels living in the local woods, and I have seen a squirrel carrying a bunch of leaves in its mouth (see photo below) which it had gathered to build a nest with. As the name suggests, the Grey Squirrel mainly has grey fur, but it can also… Read More Grey Squirrel
Although I live near woodland, oddly enough I do not get many visits from squirrels in the garden as I thought I might. However, on this occasion, I did get a visit from a Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) which did quite a balancing act to get at the peanuts I had left for the birds… Read More Acrobatic Squirrel
Meles meles I first discovered I had this very special visitor to my garden in July 2012. The badger is a fascinating animal to watch, and I count myself most fortunate to have experienced these most amazing encounters. I would lay out some peanuts and grapes on my patio, and wait patiently for it to… Read More European Badger
Microtus agrestis I was getting some excercise and walking along the margin of a local farmer’s field when I caught a glimpse of this lovley little Field Vole dart across my path. How I managed to keep my eyes on it I don’t know, but I tracked it into the field to get this single… Read More Field Vole
Mus musculus House mice have grey-brown fur, large pink ears, and a hairless tail which is as long as its head and body. Compared to similar mice, they have narrower heads and small eyes. Head and body length 6-10cm. Tail length as long as the head and body. The female House Mouse has five to… Read More House Mouse