Overlooked animals

I recommend getting a good pair of binoculars and spending a little time looking at the animals and birds that are common wherever you are. You can usually get very close and seeing creatures you assume you know pretty well, through a pair of binoculars, opens up a whole new world.

Just take a look at the impossible feet and the beak of a pigeon. It’s enough to make you think of Star Wars.

But in an urban farm in the middle of Leeds there is a small collection of rare breeds of sheep. I thought this was a White Faced Woodlands, but after being directed to a couple of guides, I see it is a Herdwick, beloved of Beatrix Potter – and whatever breed she is, she very handsome is her coat.

Nikon D200 and Nikon 70-200mm VR lens

And here is a crop of her fleece – click on the image to see it larger – and to luxuriate in the wool. Anyone who has seen Gene Wilder in “All you ever wanted to know..”, can derive an extra level of pleasure from this.


  1. mahafreed says:

    Wow! That’s a beautiful insight. I particularly like the legs… they remind me of my feet in socks. Cute!


  2. David says:

    Glad you like it!

    You can catch me on twitter as photographworks. I’ve just ‘followed’ you.


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