On Sunday Colin and myself took a trip up to Ashfield near Dunblane to test out our new Cyclamatic E-bikes which we are using to bring you news stories and videos of the local wildlife around Central Scotland.
These bikes are eco friendly and have a range of 20 miles, which gives us a larger area to cover now.
On our travel we checked out the far wood for Red Kites and spotted a few Pink Footed Geese, taking a well earned rest and some food for there long journey home.
Colin then shows us a burn where he hopes to film a wild otter and in a future project film some underwater video of life beneath the surface.
We then ride up to Kinbuck to check out the rabbits on the hillside and we then come across some Canada Geeseon the river bank.
A SURE SIGN OF WINTER
It was the last day of November and the past two days the temperatures dropped dramatically, so when I got up the sun was shining and a bike ride to the pond was a must.I rode down and ignoring the winter chill made my way along the Bannockburn path to the Swans Pond.
This Acrylic painting of a Red Fox
was commissioned by Colin just recently.
” It was one my friends who commissioned it, they wanted it for a wedding anniversary gift, the lady concerned loves foxes.So I decided to look through my books for a decent and posture pose of a fox, and I decided to add a cub with it. I came up with the idea of a mother fox in a pose, reflecting on her protectively watching over it’s cub, behind a hedge near it’s den. It’s one the best fox paintings I’ve done, and my friend was well chuffed with the finished result,I hope everyone enjoys it too.”
Although it was crispy cold, it was a fantastic Autumn day, the leaves on the trees are changing colour and the paths are now like carpets of leaves.
As I approached i could see away in the far side of the field two Herons looking for food.There was no sign of any swallows or martins, where a few weeks before there had need one or two.
The pond itself was quiet I didn’t see any ducks swans at all from a distance. As I got nearer i could see feathers all along the banks and in the swans nest on the far side.
I threw some bread into the pond and at last the ducks came into view from my left. Amongst them were some young coots which was good to see.
The Swans were nowhere to be seen, and I can only speculate that they have moved to warmer climates for the winter.
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FWN Reporter Colin Statter is also an artist who paints fantastic Oil Paintings of Wildlife in Various Natural Landscapes
(IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PAINTING COMMISSIONED CONTACT HIM THROUGH OUR SITE)
Here are some of his latest commissions
(Colin’s oil paintings are framed specially by)
ROSYLAN COTTAGE FRAMING
38 Fountain Road
Bridge of Allan
‘MIDNIGHT ANGEL’ was commissioned by Colin’s mum and dad after seeing another similar painting he was working on.