Archive for August, 2011

A juvenile Iguana on the island of Grand Cayman.

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Here is a picture of a juvenile Iguana taken recently on Grand Cayman.

I showed an adult Iguana a couple of posts ago and mentioned that when mature, Iguanas are somewhat drab in colour when compared to the juvenile of the species. Well here is a young Iguana for comparison and personally speaking I wouldn’t describe this young reptile as “drab”.

I photographed it climbing onto a wall alongside a coral sand beach, a place they visited regularly.

Silver and Bronze medals in the Royal Photographic Society International Nature Exhibition

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

This evening I received a very nice email from the Royal Photographic Society informing me that I had been awarded Silver and Bronze medals in the Nature section of their 2011 International Exhibition.

I was particularly pleased because both images were of british birds. I have had success in exhibitions before but more often than not with images of mammals, typically from Africa. Over the last six months I have been concentrating a lot more on photographing birds. To get two awards, with images of birds taken in the last six months, was a very pleasant surprise.

Here is the Silver Medal winning image.



and here is the Bronze Medal winning image.

An Iguana on the Island of Grand Cayman

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Here is a picture of an Iguana, my first ever encounter with this species in the wild.

It was taken last month on the Island of Grand Cayman in the Western Caribbean. This is an adult and apart from its larger size, its colour was relatively drab when compared to the juvenile Iguanas that I encountered. There was no shortage of Iguanas on the island. I often saw them crossing the road in front of the car.

The Iguana here was on coarse coral sand found on the beaches in the Cayman Isles. They also like to climb up, down and over walls, something that they do with incredible ease.

An Atlantic Ghost Crab…

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Here is what I believe to be an Atlantic Ghost Crab. I am no expert on marine life so please contact me if you think I have identified this crab incorrectly.

It was taken in Haiti last month as part of a family holiday in the Western Caribbean Islands. I didn’t take my normal “long” lenses on holiday as luggage space was a premium, so this was taken using a 300mm lens with a 1.4x converter attached. That lens combination gave me adequate optical reach and also allowed me to take some clothes for the holiday outings!

The crab had been keeping out of the sea water, but at this moment, the surf caught up with him whilst he was pre occupied looking for food.

The Little Owl says, he went that way..

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Here is a recent Little Owl image that caught my eye.

There are many occasions when I think I have got an image in the camera only to find that I later reject it on closer inspection. Often there is something “not natural” about the subject even though the picture is a true representation of the event. Typically an eye is half closed or the body or wing is twisted in an awkward and unusual manner. Such images quickly find themselves heading towards the recycle bin.

This image roughly falls into that “not natural” category, with only one wing being visible, however the comical element ensured I clicked save and not delete.