On the 28th July I visited Dean Mason’s Windows on Wildlife to photograph Harvest Mice for a couple of hours. Dean had a cancellation and I decided a little therapy watching these lovely little characters was just what I needed. They love to climb and are very quick so you have to be ready to take a picture as they don’t stay still for very long! I wasn’t sure on the lens combination I would require I took a couple of options but ended up with my 40-150mm f2.8 zoom lens and it was ideal for the job. Dean puts the mice in a large perspex box with of course food and water and then adds various bits of vegetation for them to climb above the box, so you are outdoors and great for natural backgrounds and the mice can’t escape, all you have to do is wait for them them climb.
As always Dean was on hand to change the props and bring in more Mice as some got tired!
Dean is licensed by DEFRA to do photographic workshops, the mice are never handled, they climb into a plastic bird feeder to be moved and some of them he breeds are put back into the wild.
A great time spent indulging myself with these lovely little creatures!