David has been taking some macro images in the last couple of days.  There are some incredible colours and shapes in the natural world, but these subjects are very small, for example the matchstick lichens below stand about half an inch tall.  Here we have the coral slime mould; amethyst deceiver (a fungus); matchstick lichen; common liverwort (complete with spore releasing bodies).  All these images were taken with a dedicated macro lens, the matchstick lichen was also focus-stacked to get sufficient depth of field whilst being able to blur the background to make them stand out.
David promised more photos of the fox photographed in the summer.  He has left it until now because he didn't want to attract attention to the specific location but the fox has now stopped visiting so it is safe to do so.  It's really the location and the behaviour of the fox that made it worth photographing so David has lots of photos of the fox with cars, people, food etc.  Here are just four.
David and Sarah have just had a trip in their van.  They went to Norfolk and Suffolk to write about their travels and take photos of the wildlife and landscapes.  Here are a few photos.  From top left: avocet; bearded tit (juvenile); Burnham Overy Staithe windmill; Cley-next-the-Sea windmill; Norwich Cathedral; Blakeney Quay; Willy Lott's House (Flatford Mill); Framlingham Castle.
David has had two articles published on Nature TTL in the last week or so.  One is about how to photograph rabbits:
the other is the start of a series of articles looking at what to photograph in the natural world through the seasons, this starts with autumn and focuses, in part, on thrushes:
Below are a couple of the photos used in the articles.  One shows a rabbit amongst thrift, the other a redwing on holly.  To read about how David took these photos have a look at the articles.
Here are a couple of photos from recent trips out in the evening.  On the left is St Michael's Mount photographed using the mouth of the Red River as foreground.  Unusually the river is completely blocked off from the sea, probably because there hasn't been much rain.  The reflection would have been better but it was a little windy so David used a 10-stop ND filter to smooth the water slightly, hence the moving clouds.  On the right is Porth Nanven, Cot Valley, at sunset.  There is more sand on the beach than there used to be, which is probably great for beach-lovers but not so good for photographers, but it is still a great place for a sunset.
It seems that rabbits are on the decline, nationally, but David and Sarah have more than their fair share.  A female recently spent the morning collecting long, dry grass for making a nest in a burrow in the garden wall.  This can mean only one thing!
A moth-trapping session this week brought a few opportunities for photography.  Luckily a bird had left a dropping on the milk churn allowing David to show the wonderful mimicry of the 'Chinese character' moth (can you tell which is which?).  The other photo shows an 'early thorn' moth amongst lavender.
David's mum is staying with David and Sarah for a few weeks, luckily she likes to watch sunsets!  Last night they went to watch the sun go down at Pendeen and David took a few pics.
David has spent a couple of nights photographing a fox.  This is a vixen.  She has clearly had cubs but they are yet to show themselves.  More on this project in weeks to come!
David's latest article for Nature TTL has just been published, this is:  'How to Photograph Water Voles'.  To have a look click on this link:
David has recently returned from a week in Somerset.  One of the targets of his visit was to photograph a white admiral butterfly which you can see below along with a photograph of Shapwick Church looking rather lovely; a pair of blue-tailed damselflies, incredibly numerous on all of the nature reserves on The Levels, and a preening great white egret (it would seem that your feathers have to look worse before they can look better!).
This week has been good weather for moth-trapping: the nights have been mild, calm and often cloudy.  David had a good selection to photogaph and below are two examples.  These are on the left a 'scorched wing moth' and on the right a 'peppered moth', both photographed amongst the oxeye daisies.
David and Sarah have had a couple of weeks away in Sussex, calling in on Hampshire on the way back.  David is writing an article about wildlife in the area and was focussing on butterflies, orchids and birds.  Photos below from top left show: Knepp Estate (re-wilding) where they saw turtle doves, white storks and nightingales; the house and garden of Gilbert White (18th Century naturalist) in Selborne; brimstone butterfly; greater butterfly orchid; cuckoo; burnt orchid; redstart; a view of the Wilmington Long Man (a chalk figure).
Last autumn David installed a huge number of nest boxes around the smallholding.  There are now over sixty.  In a bid to attract some new species he included three boxes designed for great spotted woodpeckers and you'll never guess what happened....a pair moved in!
It's spring and the bluebells are in full flower.  David has been lucky enough to capture a couple of species of wildlife amongst the bluebells on his smallholding in the last few days.  Below are a roe deer and an orange-tip butterfly (male).
David's latest book has just been published.  'Walks in West Cornwall' picks out a selection of walks in the area which are good for wildlife.  These are shorter walks making them accessible to a wider range of people and allowing more time to stand and watch the birds and bees along the way.  Most are focussed on places that you might be visiting anyway but this guide will enable you to get more from your visit.
This book is packed with colourful images and has an attractive, lively design, making it a great gift idea.
See the books page of this website for more details.  (retail price: 6.99)
David and Sarah have had a week away in Dorset.  One of the reasons for their visit was to see the early spider orchids at Dancing Ledge, near Swanage.  David has written an article for MMM (motorhome magazine) about this trip.  Below are photos of Wareham; Swanage Railway at Corfe Castle; early spider orchids; Foreland Point (Old Harry Rocks).
Spring is definitely in the air with birds claiming nest boxes.  This great tit has claimed a nest box which was being prepared by a nuthatch, hence the mud plastered around the eaves.  Luckily the nuthatch has moved next door to another vacant nest box.  Despite it being spring we are still having frosts, even down here in Cornwall, the photo to the right shows a cowslip in frost.
Moth-trapping season has started again in the Chapman household.  Mild, cloudy calm nights are ideal and though there isn't the volume of moths that might be expected in June it's always interesting to see what is flying around at night.  This is an early thorn moth.
It isn't just the rabbits that have been getting amorous.  The cock pheasant has been busy trying to impress a selection of females.  Here he uses a few clusters of daffodils to make himself look even more colourful. 
This photo demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, why David and Sarah have so much trouble with rabbits in their garden.  They are overrun with them and have to fence off flowerbeds to prevent them being devastated by their furry friends.  Looking on the bright side, there is never a dull moment on the lawn!
Sarah bought some wild tulip bulbs last year, despite David not being convinced by the idea!  This spring they are looking beautiful.  Below are two shots of the same tulip taken a few days apart and from opposite directions.  Both photos were taken with a 300mm lens from a very low angle and with a very wide aperture to blur the background and foreground.
David has some relatively tame pheasants visiting his smallholding at the moment so he is providing some extra seed for them.  If he disturbs them they have two options for getting away: running or flying!
David and Sarah have 'planted' some mistletoe seeds this spring.  To do this you need some ripe berries.  You then squeeze the seed out of the gooey berries and press the seed onto a host tree.  Mistletoe has a lot of hosts with apple being a common one.  This photo shows a mistletoe seed after rain had created droplets of water on the branch.  If you want to see how things develop you'll have to come back!
This is a photo of a swarm of winter gnats.  David has been seeing a lot of these swarms throughout the winter on his land.  The swarms are formed by male gnats as it is they who fly around waiting for females to come along.  A bit like a group of lekking male grouse, they try to impress a female so they can mate with her.
Maybe it's a sign of spring.  David spotted these earthworms mating on the lawn.  They are hermaphrodites, so they have both male and female organs.  Twice the fun!
  Snowdrops are now fully in flower.  David photographed these from a very low angle.  If you want to see more about snowdrop photography read David's article for the on-line photography magazine, Nature TTL:
How to Photograph Snowdrops | Nature TTL
David has been photographing buzzards in his garden, using a very wide-angle lens and a remote release with the camera very close to the buzzard.  There appear to be two buzzards which are tame enough to come into this relatively small space, though they are unpredictable and a little nervous.  Part of his aim has been to show the house in the background but he has also done some close-up shots.  Two photos from his growing catalogue are shown below.
David has been working on filming a buzzard in his garden.  He has been using a wide angle lens on a camera controlled remotely.  He's having trouble getting the right weather for stills but to have a look at a video he has just put together see his facebook page.
David Chapman on Facebook
This is a photograph of a nuthatch, but not any nuthatch, this is the first nuthatch that David has photographed on his smallholding in 26 years!  Nuthatches have always nested just half a mile away but have never been regularly spotted by David or Sarah on their smallholding until last autumn when this one took up residence.  David has now installed over 60 nest boxes around the land and provides a permanent supply of seed, fat balls and peanuts; if that isn't enough to tempt this nuthatch to stay and nest then there is no justice!
You might think this is a perfectly normal blue tit but look more carefully and you will see it is hanging by one leg.  Lots of birds stand on one leg for periods of time so David didn't think this was particularly strange but he followed it and its second leg never materialised.  It might have a secong leg which it cannot use, it might have been born without a leg or it might have lost a leg for some reason but it seems to be a perfectly healthy bird in other respects, in fact its plumage is incredibly beautiful.