Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Big Day at Bempton....Tree Sparrows

Sunday began at 3am with my alarm going off, i must've been mental! I have done any photography/birding away from my home counties of Herts and Beds for a few months and with the action around here getting a little quiet had hatched a plan to go find some sea birds. Picked Matt up at 3.30 and by 6.30 we were pulling into the car park at RSPB Bempton Cliffs with the main aim to photograph Gannets in flight and hopefully get a really close encounter with one and possible a full on head shot!

It was an absolute scorcher of a day with temperatures reaching around 28 degrees and the sun shone all day, we began around the then un-opened visitor centre with the regular Tree Sparrows, many people probably walk straight past them but we spent some decent time with them. They mainly kept to the visitor centre roof which meant you were looking up at them so being creative and patient was required to get any decent images but occasionaly they did perch in more natural surroundings which was pleasing, here's the Sparrows with more photos to come later....













Monday, 27 June 2011

Shifty Graveyard Shenanigans

2 of my local churchyard's have once again held breeding pairs of Spotted Flycatchers, both pairs have successfully fledged young....it all happens so fast and i almost missed my chance to spend some time with them but didn't managed and evening and a morning resulting in these images....













Friday, 24 June 2011

Cruel Nature

More time spent with the local Heron's, many of the young are still around where they were born and are still learning to feed themselves properly.

One particular youngster was observed gobbling up 2 ducklings within 5 minutes of each other much to the horror of the various pram pushers, dog walkers and general common folk strolling past.one lady even lambasted me for taking photos of the event and tried to chase the Heron off so he didn't eat anymore....strange behaviour as this bird is simply doing what comes naturally to him and ensuring he survives, that's nature, and sometimes nature can be cruel...











Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Micro World

Just a few of my favourite Macro images that i have taken this week, all taken with the Nikon 105mm F2.8 lens.

















Monday, 13 June 2011

Heron 1 Brown Trout 0

My local Herony has been successful again, with a visit last week i saw 2 adults and 4 juveniles all milling around some of the fishing within feet of pushchairs and cyclists in the stream. This is not an uncommon sight but i never realised the stream yieled larger fish like Brown Trout and this adult bird certainly made the most of this opportunity, it was a real commotion and took me by suprise and was great to watch!

















Thursday, 9 June 2011

Confiding Hare...

This young Hare or Leveret as they are known ran straight out in front of me whilst at my local dung pile, that is usually the best you can hope for as they sit and look at the car for a while before running off but this chap rounded the car and sat right next to me having his breakfast, couldn't believe my luck! The light was tricky as it was coming in from the side casting shadows but i daren't start the engine or try and move in case i scared him off!











Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Farmland Fun!

At the moment i am doing my best to grab whatever photographic opportunities i can, especially with such changeable weather....good amounts of sun seem quite sporadic at the moment!

The local farmland birds are still proving to be enjoyable to photograph and with time at a premium are only a quick journey from my house and are definitely always there which definitely helps! I do want to turn my attentions to other things such as insects (personally would love to live near a seabird colony at this time of the year....but i dont!) but for now these chaps are so enjoyable and i will continue to visit them!