Archive for November, 2011

A Magpie coming in to land…

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

This morning I decided to spend the day on the Wirral Peninsula

Looking at the weather forecast earlier this weekend, Sunday promised high tides, strong winds and sunshine so I had hoped that the flooded marshes would be a hive of activity with large birds of prey. Unfortunately, the winds were so strong that there was little or no such action from a photographic view point.

Whilst waiting for the peak of the high tide, I practised some in flight photography with a very common bird. This image of a Magpie coming in to land was my consolation prize for the day.


A Walking Great Tit – high speed flash…

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

When the weather is dark, dull and overcast then for me there is only one option for photography – flash.

So today I arranged a perch, some bird seed, four remotely triggered flash guns and set my camera on a tripod to see what I could record. There is a lot of trial and error with this type of photography. Firstly in getting the flash lights to produce something “acceptable” and secondly, releasing the trigger at just the right point in time.

Todays attempts was not particularly productive, however, I decided to keep this image of a Great Tit as it looked like it was walking as it landed.

A Grey-headed Kingfisher

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Here is the third Kingfisher species that I was able to photograph whilst I visited Kenya last month.

The Grey-headed species proved to be the most difficult to photograph, from my very limited experience. The Malachite and Pied Kingfishers were generally a lot more accommodating of my presence as well as being more abundant than the Grey-headed variety.

This particular bird was quite timid and a lot more care was needed to approach him, once I had found him through my binoculars.


Wash the birdie! – The Sunday Mirror…

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

This weekends Sunday papers highlighted the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the availability of a book showing a collection of images from this years awards.

The Sunday Mail and Sunday Mirror both featured images from this years Exhibition in their papers. I imagine most photographers like to see their work in print so it was particularly nice for a selection of photographers work to feature in the papers this weekend. The Mirror newspaper went for the “WASH THE BIRDIE” headline showing, amongst others, my image of a Starling taking a bath.

Here is the article as printed on Sunday 6th November 2011.