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WiLDiMAGES - Andy Young Photography

I am an evolutionary biologist seeking to capture something of the world.

My research frequently takes me to Africa's wild places, but much of my photography involves hunting for peculiar mammals on other continents. I have a particular interest in camera trapping and noctural photography. My two primary subjects are Humans and The Wild.

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Otter family

Within the first couple of weeks, the Bushnell units have turned up footage of badgers, fox, roe deer, wood mouse, squirrel, and rabbits, but the highlight came when I gathered the SD cards in yesterday from the river; an otter family - presumably mother and two cubs. I forgot to set the date on the camera, but the times are right. Now I just need to finish building the full SLR camera trap rig, industrially waterproof it against water level changes, buy some waders, deploy and hope for the best!

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Kennall camera trap project

I've recently started a new photography project close to home in Cornwall. With a view to capturing some environmental portraits of elusive local mammals, I'm building a dSLR camera trap, using a great guide by Emmanuel Rondeau here. While I amass the necessary bits and bobs and break out the soldering iron and sealant gun, I've been deploying all-in-one Bushnell camera traps across some promising wild sites nearby to find the best areas for deploying the real deal once its finished. Fingers crossed...

 

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Truro Lantern Festival

Headed up to Truro for the evening to take in the annual lantern festival for the first time. It was amazing! Towering lit paper kings and queens wound through the streets to the banging of samba drums. Go and see it next year!

Jackdaws down the chimney

Its weird coming downstairs to find a jackdaw tapping on the window of the wood burner, from the inside. They’re busy nesting again this year and clearly haven’t got used to the footing on the chimney pot yet. Though its great to see them up close, its clearly time to get a chimney cover - come the autumn.

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Spring has sprung...

A rare clear day in a month of Cornish rain spurred a sluggish emergence of insects. The hive of bees that has mined into a gap under the render of our cottage was showing its first signs of life for a while. Returning loaded with pollen and lethargic in the cool air, the workers provided a nice opportunity for some macro work.

The frogs laid quite a bit of spawn earlier in the year but the weed has taken over and I couldn’t see any sign of it this evening. This little lady was hunkered down in the corner though, so hopefully something is still going on.

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Silver studded blues are out

Headed up to Perran Sands to look for silver studded blues. Spent a beautiful afternoon trying to keep the dog away from cool insects. We found two clusters of emerging blues - tiny little beasts warming up in the grass.

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Fly and bracken unfurled