Northern Gannet Morus bassanus


Last weekend was supposed to be a weekend of fast action and quick reflexes with a boat trip booked to photograph the diving gannets from the sea at Bempton Cliffs. Unfortunately, the 30mph westerly winds put a quick stop to that and the boat trip was cancelled for safety reasons. Up to the top of the cliffs it was then!

With Bempton Cliffs being an extremely popular location with photographers, I wanted to take some more unusual images and this is one I really liked of two Gannets in a courtship display against the rising sun.

Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
Canon 1Dx with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x converter.
1/4000s at f/8 at ISO200

Please click below for larger image.

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Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla


There’s a phrase in Hungary which is spelt ‘nem jó’, pronounced ‘nem yo’ and means ‘no good’.  In this recent trip to Hungary I was it a lot when asked how the wryneck photography was going.  I have never been so frustrated in all my photography years.
Wryneck in the UK are a regular passage migrant but you have to be very lucky to find one.  With one or two breeding every few years in the UK, they are all but extinct as a UK breeder and are highly protected when they do so photography is out of the question.
To hear the news that a wryneck was nesting in the garden of where I was staying in Hungary you can imagine how excited I was.  My imagination was running wild with all sorts of images I was going to achieve of this very elusive species. To cut a 7 day story short, the image I had in my head didn’t materialise.  What I wanted to achieve was the image below but in much better light.  This particular photograph was taken at 10.22, 5 hours after sunrise. The background light hitting a distant tree is extremely harsh even though the bird itself was shaded by a large vertical stump of the tree where the nest box was.  The balance between bird and background was just too much.  Had it had been overcast it may have worked better.  I planned another 4 sessions in the morning and late afternoon but this male didn’t want to play fairly.  I ended up getting on the plane with no images of this species in great light which should have been fairly easy given the circumstances.  It has certainly been a learning curve and one that has left me inspired, although extremely frustrated at the time. Patience was certainly a virtue.  Although I didn’t get the image I had planned it was fantastic to see such a beautiful bird every day and I’m glad that I achieved this image to show you all.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, 1/400s, f10, ISO1600, on remote setup (hence the ISO1600).

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British Birds front cover!


It’s always a great feeling when you see your images in print but even better when they are used as a front cover! The British Birds journal has used my Stonechat image for their May issue.  This is such a great informative journal on all things avian and is a must read for any one with an interest.  For more information on the contents of this issue click here: http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/article/british-birds-may-2015/

Please click on the image to view a larger version.

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Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra


I’m in Hungary at the moment and as the weather is raining with 25mph winds I have stayed in to go through the images from the last few days of photography. On the first day I used the car as a hide and drove around the country lanes to see what i could find.  Different birds react in varying ways when approached slowly by car but Corn Bunting are quite easy to get close to.  This Corn Bunting was the first bird of the day and just minutes after the sun had appeared along the horizon.  i like how the pink hues are still in the sky and the low sun is rim lighting the bird. Worthwhile getting up early for.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x III converter.  Car as hide.
1/160s, f/5.6 @ ISO800.
Please click on image to enlarge.

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Christmas Gifts just for you!


As Christmas is just around the corner I have some great gift ideas for you.
Here are some high quality mounted prints.

They are selling fast so choose yours whilst they last!!

The 8″x8″ mounted prints are £8 each or 3 for £20.

The 16″x12″ mounted prints are @12 each or 3 for £30.

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In the above image they are 5″x5″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

White Ibis in flight
Scintillant Hummingbird
King Vulture
Collared Aracari
Brown hooded Parrot
Red legged Honeycreeper
Orange Tip butterfly
Sunflower
Red Squirrel
European Roller feather detail
Speckled Wood on statue
Puffin with sandeels

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In the above image they are 6″x6″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

European Bee-eater
Wing stretching Dunlin
Whiskered Tern carrying nesting material
Rufous tailed Hummingbird in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
Gannet over sea
White necked Jacobin in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
LIzard Orchid
Tree Frog silhouette

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In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the portrait collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Scintillant Hummingbird
Eurasian Hoopoe
Atlantic Puffin
Orange Tip butterfly
Specked Wood butterfly on statue
“Reg” the Orangutan

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In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the landscape collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Red Squirrel
Pink footed Geese against sunset
Cottage in the Scottish Highlands
St Michaels Mount, Cornwall at sunset
White Ibis
Borneo sunset

Please contact me if you would like to buy one or all! 

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

Many thanks

Ian