About Hagbourne Wildlife

A year or so ago I got my hands on a small “ultra-zoom” digital camera (A Minolta Z1 – later replaced with a Panasonic FZ30) for holiday photos. I soon found other uses for it, and began to try to document the diverse wildlife in and around our small garden. The family obliged by installing a bird-table, and we soon had over a dozen species of wild birds visiting regularly. I’m not much of a photographer, but I’m gradually acquiring the skills (and equipment) for the job.

This certainly isn’t the “Natural History of Selborne”, but I hope it will be a record of the biodiversity of a small patch of Oxfordshire under threat from an ever-expanding Didcot just to the North.

Hagbourne Wildlife is a broad enough title to include the whole of East and West Hagbourne, though so far it’s all been East H.; all the Flickr photos are geotagged.

Birds seen so far include blackbird, blue- great- and long-tailed tits, house-sparrow, dunnock, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch and bullfinch, rook and jackdaw, collared dove, woodpigeon and a solitary racing pigeon, starling, song thrush, red kite, sparrowhawk, robin, swift, swallow and house-martin in or above our own garden, and pied wagtail, reed warbler and green woodpecker outside it. There are kestrels, tawny owls and others around, but there’s a bit of work still to do – and of course there are butterflies, bumble bees, sawflies, frogs, hedgehogs…

25 March 2008

10 Responses to “About Hagbourne Wildlife”

  1. Hi. I loved your blog. In many ways it’s similar to mine at Corfe Mullen, Dorset. We are being affected by urban sprawl as well. However we still have some gorgeous wildlife which I try to show on my blog, and we have set up a community project at http://www.naturewatched.org to record it all. I will be back to see what else you find! Jane

  2. Thanks, Jane. We’re especially lucky to have the red kites, which (being scavengers) are at home in urban and rural settings. I’ve added a link to your blog – good luck with the project.

  3. Thanks Bramble!

  4. Found your blog very interesting with some excellent photo’s, is your camera a fixed lens or do you attach a lens if so which do you use?

    Perhaps you would like to exchange links, my website is at http://www.natureinfocus-ra.com

    look forward to your reply

  5. Hi Richard, thanks for dropping by and for your comments – I’ll add a link to your site. I use a Panasonic FZ-30 which doesn’t have interchangeable lenses, but for macro work I add a clip-on Raynox macro lens: usually a DCR-150, but (if I can get close enough) a DCR-250. At night I also have an LED lamp so I can see what I’m aiming at – see this post



  6. thanks for sharing your interesting wildlife. I love your blog as a window into England which we visited in 2007 and dream of visiting again. Meanwhile we watch our wildlife at home in South Texas USA. I’m using your blog as a great example as I explore this new world of blogging–and explore my little corner of the world as well. Kay at http://arroyocoloradoriverblog.blogspot.com

  7. Hi Bob,

    Like Richard Ashbee’s comment above, I was wondering if there was any chance you might consider linking to my nature blog (http://www.thenatureblog.com)? Let me know what you think…

    All the best,

  8. Hi Richard, thanks for visiting: your site is super, with lots of (much better than my!) photos – I’ve included a link. Thanks too for the reminder about International Dawn Chorus day, though I doubt if the local rooks will let me forget it!

  9. Hi,

    I am currently updating the membership records for the ‘UK & Eire Natural History Bloggers’ network. Would you mind getting in touch please?



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