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This site includes my Blog, Wildlife Photography, Quiz and Reviews which can be accessed in the menu.

As a challenge, I have included a few wildlife quizzes: I will add and make changes to these over time.

(All photos on this website are taken by me unless said otherwise. If you would like to use any photos on this website then please ask for permission by contacting me).

About Me:

My name is Michael Sinclair and I’m a 14 year old amateur photographer from Scotland with a passion for wildlife and nature conservation.

My main interests at the moment are:

Conservation Volunteering

Throughout 2018 I have been volunteering at one of my local parks (Linn Park) with a group called Friends of Linn Park. (have a look at the link to see the different projects we get involved in).

Volunteer day! moving tree off path
Friends of Linn Park Volunteers (here, we cut a tree branch into manageable pieces and moved it off the path to create a new wildlife habitat)

Wildlife Photography

I am Glasgow based but also include photographs from trips in the UK and abroad. Most of my pictures have been taken using my Canon 7D Mark II with a 70-300mm lens,  my dad’s Canon 80D with a 100-400mm MKII lens or a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX 300.

In 2016 I had three photographs shortlisted for one of the ‘Young Peoples’ categories in the British Wildlife Photography Awards with one of my images (shown below) making it into the published book!

Scarlet Elf Cup Fungi (Sarcoscypha coccinea)
Scarlet Elf Cup Fungi (Sarcoscypha coccinea)

Bird Ringing

I am a T-permit (trainee) ringer with the Clyde Ringing Group. One of our long-term  projects involves tracking movements of Jack Snipe using a Geo-locator. Last winter we managed to recapture one bird with a tracker and the data showed it had been to Russia and Scandinavia before returning to Glasgow! This story was featured on Winterwatch 2018.

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Goldfinches/ European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)
European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)

Moth Trapping

In June 2018 I got a 20W Actinic Skinner Trap for my birthday. I try to record species in my garden on a regular basis. I also take my trap on holiday or short trips away to see what different species I can catch. All moths caught are recorded for scientific purposes and released unharmed into their habitat. Results are sent to a local moth recorder.

Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)
Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)

Bat Detecting

For Christmas I was lucky enough to get a bat detector (echo meter touch 2). This plugs into my i-pad and identifies bat species by picking up their echolocation signals and converting them into a frequency humans can hear. It also displays a sonogram which can be saved to my i-pad allowing me to review my recordings.

Wildlife Recording

An important part of being a Naturalist is to accurately record as much wildlife possible. I use apps like BirdTrack and irecord to put my wildlife findings on.

Nest Finding

Along with all the bird box monitoring, I find naturally occurring bird nests and record them.

Nest Box Challenge 

At the end of 2017 I started a 100 nest box challenge to build and sell 100 bird boxes to raise money for the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT). By mid-February 2018 I had completed the challenge and raised over £1000 for these charities with boxes being purchased by over 70 people across the UK.

Me & Boxes
Me With Some Nest Boxes (photo credit: Callum Sinclair)

As part of the challenge 13 boxes were put up in Linn Park. During Spring/ Summer 2018 these were monitored as part of the nest record scheme run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). We were delighted that 47 chicks successfully fledged from the boxes. Due to popular demand a further 20 + boxes will be put up in time for 2019!

Me up ladder
Me up ladder (photo credit: George Wilson)

 

Shop?

Recently I’ve been thinking about setting up an online shop. To help me promote this I thought a logo would be useful. My friend Charlotte O’Neill very kindly spent some time designing this waxwing logo.

Mike's Nature Logo

I asked her to design this for me as she is very talented in graphic design! Please check her out!

Twitter – @Howlingflames1

Instagram – @howlingflames

YouTube – howling flames

Website –  https://sharlartblog.wordpress.com

For more information, questions or anything related please message me via the contact page. Alternatively, you can contact me through Instagram or Twitter.

17 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Great work Michael, I hope many other young people follow your excellent example. We need their enthusiasm and commitment if our wildlife in Scotland is to thrive in the future. All best wishes.

    1. Thank you Jimmy! Hope to see you again and I’ll definitely email you about the nest boxes in Linn Park and let you know if nuthatches nest in 2019!

  2. Congratulations Michael. An excellent blog. Well done. You are one talented young man – and your passion shows!

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Young Wildlife Enthusiast, Volunteer, Blogger & Photographer.