Archive for March, 2013

A Land Iguana running on the coral sand…

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

One of the first species that sprung into my mind when I was planning a trip to the Galapagos was the Iguana.

It is fair to say that it wasn’t very long before I came across Marine and Land Iguanas. In fact, I saw both species on my very first landing…

Of the two I prefer the Land Iguana given the more extensive colour palette. The Marine Iguanas were more abundant but were mainly lacking in colour and spent their time amongst the dark volcanic rocks. The lack of colour made for some great monochrome images but when given the choice which Iguana to photograph I nearly always opted for the Land variety.

Here is one photographed on the Island of Seymour in the Galapagos.


Canon 300mm F2.8 L IS lens – THIS LENS IS NOW SOLD

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

It is time to sell my Canon 300mm F2.8 L IS lens.

I have owned the lens from new and reluctantly I am now offering it for sale. This lens is in excellent condition with just one or two very minor scratches in the usual places. The lens has spent the majority of its life inside a protective camouflaged cover which has kept it very clean and tidy.

I say “reluctantly” for sale because this lens has been without doubt my fastest and sharpest piece of glass. A good proportion of my large birds in flight images were taken with this lens as were a good number of my mammal pictures as well.

I will only sell this lens to a photographer in the UK. The lens is being sold complete with the front and rear cover, the rigid travel case, the manual and the carry strap that were supplied when the lens was new. If you have any questions then please contact me via the CONTACT section of my website.

The lens is FOR SALE at £2900 plus and post any packing costs.THIS LENS IS NOW SOLD.


“Wot no voles…” A Short Eared Owl hiding in the rocks

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

One subject I wasn’t expecting to photograph in the Galapagos was the Short Eared Owl.

I have spent a lot of wasted hours this winter sitting and waiting for the Short Eared Owls to appear at their normal hunting grounds close to my home. Compared to the previous winters it was a washout with very few good sightings and even less pictures. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find this accommodating Owl on Genovesa Island, Galapagos last month.

The Owl had sunk itself down in between some volcanic rock. With a bit of careful re-positioning I was able to get myself down between the rocks allowing me to photograph the Owl at eye level. I wasn’t very comfortable but when I saw the resulting images I was pleased with the result.

It reminded me a little bit of the “Wot no …” cartoons that I used to scribble on my text books…