Local photographer captures the beauty of The Byes with his wildlife shots

Blackbird taking a breather about the water

Blackbird taking a breather about the water - Credit: Paul Clayden

This week we take a look at a range of wildlife that can be found on our doorstep in The Byes captured by local photographer Paul Clayden.

Paul Clayden

Sidmouth-based photographer Paul Clayden - Credit: Paul Clayden

Paul is a professional photographer and also bar manager at The Radway Inn, spending more time behind his camera than behind the bar at the moment! 
He has spent fifteen years photographing in and around Sidmouth and his recent project focusing on The Byes is the subject of these glorious photos. 
 

A chance encounter with an otter

A chance encounter with an otter - Credit: Paul Clayden

Egret hunting for fish

Egret hunting for fish - Credit: Paul Clayden


The breadth of birdlife is very apparent, concentrating on the River Sid generates a quite different range of birds from those recently recorded in the Big Garden Birdwatch. 

Goldcrest about to take flight

Goldcrest about to take flight - Credit: Paul Clayden

Paul said: "Since the latest lock down I have plenty of spare time on my hands. I decided to restart my photography, and after investing in new equipment made the best of my daily exercise in The Byes, which is 100 metres from my house. We are so lucky to have this place in the town and I have shot over 25 different species of birds and wildfire, all found right under our noses." 

Ducks ready to take a swim

Ducks ready to take a swim - Credit: Paul Clayden


Paul posts daily on many Sidmouth social media sites as well as his Facebook page: Paul Clayden Photography. 
All the photos here and many more can be found on his website www.paulclayden.co.uk

Chaffinch having a drink

Chaffinch having a drink - Credit: Paul Clayden

A robin sings in the morning

A robin sings in the morning - Credit: Paul Clayden

A vocal wren

A vocal wren - Credit: Paul Clayden

Bumblebee and blossom

Bumblebee and blossom - Credit: Paul Clayden

Grey wagtail

Grey wagtail - Credit: Paul Clayden

A dipper grabs a bite to eat

A dipper grabs a bite to eat - Credit: Paul Clayden


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