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My Castle Cary Wildlife Photos- May 2022

Updated: Jul 19

Here are my favourite photos of wildlife captured in May around Castle Cary, Somerset.


This month I managed to see my first kingfisher and get a photo of it at the same time. As well as this I also saw plenty of wildlife including barn owls, bats, rabbits, foxes, deer and buzzards to name a few! Unfortunately, I can't always get a photograph of them all. For example, I watched a fox sneak up and chase rabbits but the grass was too long to get a clear photograph. It was still amazing to watch the fox in action as it chased the leaping rabbits trying to live another day. I didn't see the outcome of this hunt as they ran into a hedge and I lost sight. I never know if I want the rabbits to survive or the fox to eat. In moments like this I really feel connected with the natural world around and am grateful for the opportunity to witness these sights first-hand!


 

Kingfisher

Kingfisher at Carymoor Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Wildlife and Bird photography
Kingfisher at Carymoor Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography.

Here is my first photograph of a kingfisher. I am so happy I managed to get a photograph and see one of these beautiful birds as it has been on my list for a long time. I was walking along a footpath through Carymoor early one morning and out of the corner of my eye saw a flash of orange. I couldn't believe it when I realised it was a kingfisher. I very quickly grabbed my camera and managed to take a few photos before it flew off out of sight. I hope to see another one down there again soon and capture more photographs of this beautiful and rarely seen bird.


 

Barn Owl

Barn Owl at Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Wildlife and Bird Photography
Barn Owl at Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography.

This is my best photo of a barn owl to date. I have seen the owl a few times at Carymarsh but never managed to get a good photograph of it. Being so quiet and being able to blend into the trees so well, they are easy to miss. I just managed to spot a flash of white, fly from one branch to another. Even then it took me a minute of peering through the leaves to see it. It was amazing to watch it as it sat still watching my every move. I would have loved to have taken a photograph of it in flight, but there were too many trees in the way this time. Now I know where to look, I have seen it regularly and hope to capture more photographs over time.



 

Deer

Deer, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Wildlife photography Castle Cary
Roe Deer, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

Deer, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography Wildlife photography
Deer, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography


Deer, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography, Castle Cary Wildlife
Roe Deer laying down at Carymarsh nature Reserve by R.A.Wood Photography

This month I saw a lot more deer around than I normally do. It is always such a special sight to see these magnificent creatures roaming the wilderness. I often see them on my way to the reserve too, jumping across the roadways or grazing in the surrounding fields. Last summer I was also treated to a clear view of a mother with her young, one by one they simultaneously poked their heads up into a field, full of sunflowers, until all three were watching me on a summer's evening. Perhaps the deer in the pictures above are the same ones, grown-up or even ready to produce their own young.


 

Great Tits

Great Tit, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Bird and Wildlife Photography Castle Cary.
Great Tit, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

Great Tit, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Bird and Wildlife Photography Castle Cary
Great Tit, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

Great tits as well as blue tits are dominant in the trees and hedgerows currently. I even see them on my bird feeder at home now too.

 

Common Chaffinch

Common Chaffinch, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography. Bird and Wildlife Photography
Common Chaffinch, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

I love hearing the Common Chaffinch sing and chirping when I am out and about. I also love seeing the bright colours of their plumage. This is my favourite photo I have taken so far of one as it was looking for food on the floor. Here is a link to the Wildlife World YouTube channel to hear the chaffinch singing and chirping.

 

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary Somerset. R.A.Wood Photography. Wildlife Photography
Grey Squirrel, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary Somerset. R.A.Wood Photography

Here's a grey squirrel nibbling away on some of the wild bird seed, left by another visitor to the reserve. I can often hear the squirrels dashing through the trees or calling to each other. Have you ever heard a squirrel cry? It is a very unique and somewhat daunting sound, until you realise the source! They are very inquisitive creatures, also currently visiting my bird feeder at home!

 

Heron


Heron Refection, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography
Heron Refection, Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary, Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

Heron flying at Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle CARY Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography Wildlife and Bird Photography
Heron flying at Carymarsh Nature Reserve, Castle Cary Somerset by R.A.Wood Photography

I nearly always see a heron or two down the reserve, not always to take a photo of but every now and again I manage to get one. These creatures always look as though they belong to a different age with a prehistoric grace about them! I often see them fishing at the side of the pond, waiting to make their move.


 

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All the photos were captured using my Canon EOS R and Sigma 150-600mm (c) lens.


Carymoor Environmental Trust

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