This is massively self-indulgent, so I hope you will forgive me. Feel free to ignore in fact. But these are my favourite ten photos that I took last year.Every year I make a wildlife calendar for family and friends. I do it because it’s fun looking back through the pictures you have taken, remembering the highlights, and because they genuinely seem to like it. I’m not so vain as to ever consider it’d be something to sell, but it’s a pleasurable activity.
So, this year I thought I’d share a few of the pictures I enjoy most, my personal top ten. So in chronological order:
- Nacreous clouds over York
Why? Because it’s a phenomena not seen often away from the poles, something I’ve seen twice in my life at this sort of level. The sky was like a rainbow oil slick.
2. Great-crested Grebe with Perch
Why? When he popped up with the fish I was sure he’d be straight off. Instead he stayed beneath me while he turned and ultimately swallowed the unlucky fish.
3. Car park Kestrel
Why? Because he was such a regular sight in the first few months of the year, never cared that I watched him, yet never gave up his nest.
4. Steely-eyed Jackdaw
Why? Just look at him. That’s why.
5. Glossy Rook
Why? A bird that is often dismissed as ugly, here showing his sheen, and also looking back with all the intelligence a corvid can bring.