Monday, 19 September 2011

Grey Day but not weather wise!

Had a superb morning at Grafham Water on Sunday. Met some really nice birders who were really helpful when it came to finding the beautiful Grey Phalarope. Myself and Matt observed it running around the shoreline feeding not worried by the crowd of onlookers or the fishermen, some walking right past it! People always say these birds are tame and this one certainly was!

We asked permission to go down to the shoreline for some photographs which we were granted and the low angle really improved the photography, the beautiful sunny morning helped too! Once down on the shoreline myself and Matt laid a good distance away from the bird, we don't have massive lenses so just hoped that the Phalarope would walk towards, it began to head in our direction which was amazing, it clearly was not phased by human presence and wasn't disturbed by us being there, soon it was only feet away feeding and swimming and then it swam right alongside us, it was too close to focus for my camera so this was a real opportunity to look up and watch the bird properly, making eye contact with it you really appreciate how amazing looking they are and this beat any distant view through a scope, this was getting close to nature but still respecting the animal, it wasn't in the least bit disturbed and we got some amazing shots.

The bird moved past us and carried on feeding down the shoreline, we took this opportunity to move away and leave it alone, amazing!



















Sunday, 18 September 2011

Macro Inverts

Wouldn't normally put images of captive wildlife on here but took this macro images over the weekend of some captive bred insects and thought they had a bit of character about them, just a bit of fun! Enjoy...

Horse Head Grasshopper










Griffin Mantis



Friday, 16 September 2011

Norfolk for Waders...

Visited Norfolk with Adam and his Dad this week, our local patches are beginning to dry up a bit as birds are moving around, it should pick up again as winter approaches but for now we wanted some close encounters with waders and Norfolk is close by, easy to navigate and can always guarantee birds! Most of these images were taken on the shingle at Snettisham RSPB with a few at Titchwell RSPB. We were lucky with a nice sunny morning and a high tide of 7.2, unfortunately the optimum time is to arrive an hour before high tide to see all the waders moving and swirling around but an hour before high tide was 6am and was still dark! Ah well! Enjoy the images!

Sanderling




Knot







Northern Wheatear





Ringed Plover (Juvenile)









Black Headed Gull





Monday, 12 September 2011

Dragons

A few images of a Dragonfly using my macro lens, bit of debate whether it's a Southern or Migrant Hawker, answers on a postcard!













Thursday, 8 September 2011

Proud!

I am very proud to say that today i received the news that my image of a Grey Heron catching a Brown Trout at Verulamium Park, St Albans has been awarded the overall winner of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust 2011 Photography Competition. It will displayed on the cover of their 2012 calender and feature inside on 1 of the months, it should be in their October magazine and may also feature in some local media.

The image was taken on a rather dull day when myself and Erin (my better half) decided to get out of the house and have a walk. I would love to say it took me hours of preparation and patience but in reality we just visited the park and i knew that the Heron's here are particulary tame and so stood a good chance of photographing something. What i didn't expect was the size of fish this adult would pull out as they are usually much smaller at this site, the action happened very fast...i sat down opposite the Heron as he stared into the river, he did this for ages and in the end i began to lower my camera out of boredom thinking he was never going to fish. Suddenly he plunged and i reacted as quick as i could! I must've fired off aroundd 10 shots of the actual moment of fishing and around 4 of them were decent, this one being my favourite.

It's a bit of weird of angle but i just reacted and hoped something came out that wasn't blurred, in the end it was exactly the shot i could've hoped for, hope you like it!