My hide is at a particular location to get pictures of Red Squirrels so I see them all year around. At this time of the year I am looking to see if the ear tufts are present. There's a little bit of variation; I think that the adults have fuller and earlier ear tuft production but its hard to be sure. The ear tuft season is generally November until March. The squirrels are still coming to grab my food offerings then beating a hasty retreat. They seem bent on thwarting my efforts in getting a picture, however this day one relented. I had, what I call, moved the furniture around a bit so it was initially a bit confused. As a result it went to the end of the branch and swished its tail to indicate displeasure. Nevertheless it got the food and I got a pleasing picture. Result all round.
Autumn is nearly over and winter is approaching; the temperatures are falling. Autumn pictures are usually about Thrushes eating berries, preferably red ones. Little did I think that I could get one from our house. Outside is a Whitebeam and it produces a rich crop of berries that has been appreciated by the Thrushes but also by a small party of four Bullfinches. They are a rare bird in town but perhaps appearing more frequently. By taking down the sash window and wrapping up well I was able to enjoy the birds at eye level. The Whitebeam gave a very pleasing range of earth and autumnal colours and is a first - a pleasing picture taken from inside the house.
Eric & Lesley McCabe Perth, Scotland. Having both worked in the computer industry for a number of years we now have time to devote to our passion, namely wildlife photography. We like all subjects but usually concentrate on birds throughout the year, buttterflies and Dragonflies in the warmer months and moths sporadically.