More wildlife adventures with my camera


Mum and chick A big 'Hi' to all,

Thanks as always for reading my last blog and your kind replies – I didn't get a definitive answer on the the mystery bird, so I'll have to get a better photo next time!
It's so difficult to get a decent photo of wildlife and it more often for us amateurs it's a lot of luck – right place right time – oh and a camera ready to shoot!
When you watch the nature programmes that follow the professional photographers you realise the painstaking amount of time, effort and patience they put in for "that" picture or film clip. I've taken most of my wildlife photos using a digital SLR camera with quite a powerful zoom but to be honest I think I could have got the same or even better shots using a quality 'bridge' camera like the Casio EXFH25 (yes this is the camera being used when I put on a blonde wig to show off the slo-mo feature!!).

It's priced at an Introductory Price of £349.92 and has a fantastic 20 x zoom and records HD video, which my SLR can't. It's been well reviewed gaining 4.5 / 5.0 from 13 reviews at the time of posting this.
However, if you don't want to take pictures but just get closer to the action why not try the Sunagor Compact Binoculars that have an amazing 15 – 70 High Power zoom? I haven't had a chance to try them myself, but it could be worth trying them out under our 30-day money-back guarantee.

A roe deer I know I showed a picture of a roe buck last week but I'm including another taken this week as the buck in question has been injured down its flank; my guess is that it may have been caused during rutting, but who knows? The good news is he's looking very healthy despite his scrape.

Couldn't resist including the mother and chick song thrush either!

Till next week,
Dale x


  1. valerie blake June 16, 2010 at 9:28 am -  Reply

    hi dale
    what wonderful pictures,especially mummy and baby thrush,we are lucky to live overlooking fields,and we have house martins nest just above us so we can watch progress of chicks every year,such a delight,looking forward to more pictures

  2. Gail June 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, just watching Springwatch and thought, “Oh, must look on Dale’s blog to see if he has posted any more lovely photos of the local wildlife” and, yes, you had – great!
    You seriously do take some lovely photos and I’m very envious that you have lovely deer in your ‘back yard’ so to speak.
    Did you really work with Elephants? Working for QVC must be lovely and I absolutely love QVC, but for me the elephants would win every time, sorry QVC.
    Yes, I do remember the blonde wig moment to demonstrate the slow motion feature of the camera – very funny. I also saw the lovely Simon demonstrating the same thing on another programme.
    Hope all is well with you and the family and the lovely Toby.
    Love Gail xx

  3. Dale Franklin June 23, 2010 at 1:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Valerie and Gail, thanks very much, as always for your responses. I’m particularly chuffed with the Thrush Mum and Chick photo – but I did have a captive subject and luckily I didn’t have to get too close and bother them – I’m pleased to report that the chick fledged successfully!
    Yes I really did work with elephants for 2 summer holidays back in the 70’S – I think I’ll save it up for my next blog and tell all. Dale x

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