223/365 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia


The lighting was difficult to control on this one but checking the histogram kept me from burning out the highlights on the setting sun through the white feathers of this Spoonbill.

Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, Hungary, May, 2013.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x converter.

223/365 Spoonbill

222/365 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea


I know I’ve got a big appetite but this fish even made me feel full.  Its amazing the size of the fish that these Grey Herons can swallow.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

222/365 Grey Heron

207/365 BBC Wildlife Magazine published image


It is great to see one of my images almost full page in the November issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine! Check it out on page 58.
The image is of a group of Sanderling on a very windswept beach on South Uist, Outer Hebrides taken in September last year.
The current issue is on sale now from all good newsagents. More information on the current issue can be found here:http://www.discoverwildlife.com/issue/november-2013
Here’s the image:

207/365 Sanderling

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173/365 Black-headed Gull feeding


Whilst down at the coast yesterday I decided to have a short mini project on Black headed Gulls.  I learnt a lot about their feeding behaviour and how to utilise this to gain better photographs.  It was putting the autofocus system of the 5D mk3 to the test and I can honestly say it coped extremely well.  It is certainly a project that I will be continuing. Here is one of the best from the day.  Not perfect but I like the way the water is trickling down from the bird as it rises from the water.

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Glamorgan, Wales, February, 2013.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

173/365 Black headed Gull

158/365 Chaffinch bathing


Spending some time at a drinking pool can give you all sorts of imagery.  All birds will at some point come down to drink and bathe, more so than others.  The smaller garden birds such as the finches and tits will come down regularly where there is a constant water source.  Here a male Chaffinch is bathing in the shallow water.

Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs, Putstazer, Hungary, June, 2012
Canon 5d mK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

Malvern Hills Queens Jubilee Bonfire Beacon


I was lucky to cover the event of the lighting of the Malvern Hills Beacon for the Queens Jubilee last night.  A fantastic event to be part of and a massive crowd turned up to watch it.

Here are some of the images I took last night during the event after the beacon had been lit.