I been quiet on here of late, the reason being is that I've been building a new website with a different provider. The aim is to be able to supply images directly from the site to different customers. Uploading high res images is taking it's time with the slow internet speed we have up here in rural Wales, I have however got a new blog up and running along with portfolio's and galleries. Soon I will also add a page for a few one to one workshops I'll be running starting in the spring as well as a page for our holiday cottage in the heart of Snowdonia.
The new website is http://www.richardbowlerwildlifephotography.com this page will now become dormant, hope to see you on the new website.
Many thanks for visiting.
Richard
 
 
 Sorry for the lack of updates recently, we've been having a nightmare with BT that has only just been resolved meaning we only had intermittent internet connection. On top of this I have been building a new website for my photography, I will keep this blog updated with progress. Other ways to follow me are on twitter @RichardBowler1 and yesterday I started a Facebook page dedicated for my photography https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Bowler-Wildlife-Photography/216653118514528 which I hope you can follow.
 Anyway back to business, recently most of my photography has focused on my reflection pool, with some of my images getting fairly good coverage in the national press. The reflection pool is constructed from a sheet of plywood with a 2" lip, the far end of the pool has been dug into the bank to provide a background. Below are a selection of images taken over the past week or two.
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The Blue tit bathing images have gone down quite well in the press.
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Even when it's frozen you can get some images.
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It's not just birds.
 Next year I hope to start running a few workshops up at the property, I have some nice ideas up my sleeve. In the meantime should anyone wish to hire out the reflection pool during the winter I will be charging £40 per person, max 2 people for non commercial use, a lens around 300mm will be fine. I will be on hand to supply warm drinks, move branches and help if required. Anyone interested can contact me by email richardbowler@easy.com Should you wish to use the pool for a commercial shoot please email me with your request.
 
 
 This autumn we seem to be getting a lot of fungi ( mushrooms and toadstools) growing in our woodland. Our smallholding is on the side of the Berwyn mountains and as such it has a lot of springs running through it, not only is it good for the fungi it also supplies us with our water (no water bills). 
 I'm no expert in fungi but the other day I noticed a couple of rather large Parasol mushrooms growing, waiting for the right light I went off into the woods to photograph them. To get the best shots you need to get down low, usually laying on your belly, anyway while I was rolling around on the floor I must have disturbed a frog from his home so the photo shoot turned into a frog and fungi shoot hope you enjoy the pictures.
 
 
 Last week we had a guest staying at our holiday cottage that was a keen photographer, I was asked if I could see if I could sort out a bit of wildlife photography for him one afternoon.
 At present the heather is in flower up on the Berwyn's in North Wales so I thought we could start off up there photographing a buzzard in the heather. As mentioned in an earlier blog my good friend Neill Carden has rescued some captive birds of prey that had bad homes, Neill has done an excellent job getting the buzzard back to health, her previous home was in a box. I think our guest was more than pleased with some of the shots we managed to get.
 We finished the day photographing the harvest mice and some of the mushrooms that are starting to appear in our woodland, being a wet woodland it didn't take long to find a toad to photograph as well.
 
 
 Over the past couple of weeks I've finally finished building Rosie's new enclosure, now that she is the same size as Maddy, the vegetable and patio area wasn't really big enough for them to really burn off their energy. The original idea was to allow them free run in the paddock area, but with the amount of hunting and snaring that goes on all around us and the negative view so many of the locals have about foxes, we decided in the end to build a large enclosure. We used 8' fence posts and 2" fox proof mesh that is buried into the  ground and over hung the top to stop her climbing out. The enclosure has enclosed an area of bracken and will soon be planted with various  plants  to attract insects and a few fruit trees.
 Maddy and Rosie have enjoyed their first ventures into the enclosure with Rosie stealing anything that Maddy has (usually a stone) being the favourite game.
 Hope you enjoy the pictures.
 
 
 Earlier this week we welcomed a couple of new family members to the house, Basil and Babs the Harvest mice (Helen named them). Being Europe's smallest rodent's they would prove extremely hard to photograph in the wild. These two are captive bred and well use to being handled and have enabled me to start a new project photographing the species during the change of season from summer to autumn. So far we've only had one brief photographic session and below are the results.
 
 
 After photographing the swallow fledglings being fed at the weekend in lovely sunlight, monday turned into a washout. The fledgling swallows who had roosted in the stables decided that they weren't coming out in such awful weather and so lined up on the stable door demanding to be fed by the poor parents. I quietly moved our car into position to allow me to use it as a hide and spent an hour getting some lovely shots of the young, the light was too poor to get any action shots as the parents arrived so I just focused on the young ones. 
 
 
 Each year I look forward to the arrival of the swallows and since moving up to North Wales, having several pairs nest in the stables has been a complete joy. In an earlier blog I showed some pictures of my attempts at photographing the parent birds entering and leaving the stables using high speed flash. Now the young have fledged and families of swallows can be seen around the small holding being fed by the parents. A favourite spot is on the telephone line outside our bedroom window, great for photographs not so great when they demand to be fed at 4am. Yesterday evening we had some nice light so I spent an hour hanging out of the window photographing them being fed, to give you an idea how close and confiding they are all the pictures were taken with a 100mm macro lens.
 
 
 Over the last few weeks I've been enjoying photographing my friend Neill's birds of prey. First a few dis-claimers, all of the birds are captive bred and have been rescued by Neill from bad homes, in fact the kestrel and the barn owl used to live in what was virtually a budgie cage. They have been photographed in a way to hide the jesses and ring or the ring has been cloned out. Also the buzzard is sitting on a road kill pheasant so gamekeepers please don't shoot buzzards because of the picture, we were told it would have been better if we had shot a rabbit to use though instead amazing. 
 That over with first up is Molly the kestrel, she came over to my woodland feeding station to enjoy a bath in the reflection pool during the recent heatwave below are a few pictures 
 Next up Tito the barn owl came over one evening and we photographed her around the small holding, we were lucky with some beautiful light.
Next up is Neill's buzzard again please note the pheasant is road kill and if your an animal activist please note the birds were captive bred and rescued from bad homes, please do not make up stories to whip people up into a frenzy, look what happend when you thought you knew best and released mink. Also if your a internet troll please be aware that my website is not a democracy and I have a delete button.
 As I touched on in the last post, Neill Carden and I are setting up a fishing and photography business in North Wales near Bala, the website "Wild Bala" will hopefully go live shortly, but if anyone is interested in photographing these birds drop me an email.          
 
 
 It's been a long time since I've done a blog post about fishing and to be honest since moving up to North Wales fishing has taken a bit of a back seat. When I have got out I've really enjoyed fishing the dry fly for Grayling on the river Dee with friend and fellow photographer Neill Carden, he has got access to a very private stretch of the river Dee and we have both enjoyed some terrific action with Neill catching Grayling to 3-02 so far this year on the dry fly.
 Neill and myself are setting up a photography and fishing business together and we were pleased to find out the other day from the land owner that we now have permission to take guests onto the stretch a couple of times a week. As well as fly fishing for the Grayling, Brown trout and salmon we will be allowing trotting for the Grayling once the river cools down as well as worm and spin fishing for the salmon. It will be on a strict catch and release basis with either Neill or myself guiding our guests.
 We are in the process of developing our website "Wild Bala .co.uk" which should go live sometime this week. Below are a few pictures I took following Neill with the camera for an hour last week at our stretch.