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Female Pied Flycatcher photographed on Exmoor

Pied Flycatcher Painting – Part 1

Back in 2013 we were very fortunate to be helping a licensed bird ringer monitor and maintain his bird boxes in a wood near Exmoor. He was particularly hoping to encourage Pied Flycatchers to his boxes. Aware…

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Watercolour wren painting lillustration by Paul Hopkinson

All About the British Wren

The Eurasian Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes our popular British garden wren. This scientific name bears reference to their tendency to disappear into crevices and cavities in search of food or a suitable roosting spot. The Wren is…

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Original watercolor bird painting

Our Great Tit Family – Part 5

Are you following the ups and downs of the little family from our gate post bird box? Hopefully if you are you will want to know if the Great Tit chicks have fledged! Our little chicks are no longer quite…

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Watercolour illustration of a Great Tit bird

Our Great Tit Family – Part 4

Things are moving on with our little family. Should you have missed their story so far, here are the links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. We think the Great Tit chicks are now nearly ready to fledge.
It can take…

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Wildlife artist bird illustrations, this one is a Great Tit

Our Great Tit Family – Part 3

Are you following the lives of the Great Tit family in the bird box on our gate post? Here is the next instalment in their little lives. Without a doubt the Great Tit chicks are getting bigger. Indeed it is amazing the changes…

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Garden bird watercolour painting by Paul Hopkinson

Our Great Tit Family – Part 2

I am hoping that you enjoyed the first part of our Great Tit family’s saga. Should you have missed it, check the previous blog post out here. We have of course spent this week watching our garden nest box. So I thought I…

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Great Tit using a tennis ball as her nest lining

Our Great Tit Family – Part 1

A few years ago I was making a few bird boxes and selling them to neighbours. I therefore put up a box on our gate post to advertise the fact. We were much amused to see that a Great Tit took up residence…

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Blackbird eggs

Nest Recording for the BTO

You may already be aware of the volunteer work that Jo and myself undertake for the BTO Nest Record Scheme. Jo is a registered nest recorder and each year we try to find and monitor nests within our local area. With…

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Photograph of a swift

Fitting Swift Boxes to our House

For a couple of years now Jo and myself have been thinking about making and fitting swift boxes to our house. We have breeding swifts in our village and felt that boxes may be successful. Unfortunately…

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Installing a barn owl box in a Devon village, step 3

Putting up a Barn Owl Box

I have always loved painting barn owls, they are stunning birds with such beautiful colouration in their feathers – particularly on their wings. These ramblings are about making and putting up a barn owl box…

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Paul Hopkinson taking bird photos at Slimbridge wetlands

How to Photograph Wildlife Close Up

I’ve always really wanted to take my own photographs of wildlife to use for reference photos for my paintings. But how to photograph wildlife close up on a budget, that was the question? Unfortunately…

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