Archive for February, 2013

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife Front Cover = Lancashire Little Owl…

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I am delighted to announce my first Front Cover of 2013.

This is not only my first Front Cover of the year, it is also the magazines first EVER Front Cover. The first edition of Lancashire Walks and Wildlife will be on the newsstands in March 2013. This brand new magazine is looking to encourage people to get the most from their region’s countryside. The publication will showcase countryside walks and explore local wildlife, while also offering advice, reviews and competitions.

Although I have lived in this region for over forty years, I still find myself visiting the same old favourite locations week after week. I am certainly looking forward to reading about new walks and locations that I have overlooked in the past.

Lancashire Walks and Wildlife are offering attractive subscription rates which can be found on the Walks and Wildlife website

Here is the Front Cover featuring one of Lancashires Little Owls…


A White-necked Jacobin hummingbird in flight…

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Firstly apologies for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. I have spent the last three weeks with my cameras in Ecuador and then the Galapagos Islands.

To kick start this series of posts I have chosen this White-necked Jacobin hummingbird that I photographed in Ecuador. When I planned the Galapagos trip I decided to give myself several days in and around Quito before the final flight on to the islands. It was partly a safety measure in case any of my flights were delayed but also an opportunity to see the rain forests and have a go at photographing hummingbirds. The ultimate small bird in flight.

My “small bird in flight” project that I have been running in the UK for over a year now certainly gave me a good understanding of the basic skills needed to record these beautiful birds in flight. In an ideal world I would have liked a lot more equipment with me to really freeze the movement in the wings of these very fast moving birds.

With the limited equipment I had available I gave it my best shot.