Canon EOS 1D Mk4 and Canon ET 1000 N3 extension cable for sale

Hi all,

I have for sale my trusted Canon EOS 1D Mk4 for sale. it is in excellent condition and has been extremely very well looked after as it has looked after me.  It has 110,000 on its shutter life and sensor is perfectly clean.

Details of it are here:


Also, I have a canon ET 1000 N3 10m extension lead in perfect condition that is for sale:


if anybody is interested, please either pass these links on or please get in touch with me.


Project: Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia

Project: Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia

Just a quick blog to show what I’ve up to today.
A friend of mine tipped me off to a site in Gloucestershire where there has been a mass emergence of Marsh Fritillaries.   An hours drive away from my home in Malvern, I set out at 6.15am to get there before the temperature started rising.  Well… I arrived on site and it was 3 degrees above freezing with a light layer of frost on the ground.  Couldn’t believe I had to wear my gloves!
Due to the temperatures plummeting and the wind still quite strong, it was an hour and a half before I found the first Fritillary as they were well tucked into the long grass.
With the temperatures warming up, luckily for me they showed extremely well and I got some great photographs for my portfolio.  I counted at least 70 on site within a smallish area.  The warden had said there has been up to 120 counted in the last few days and a possible 500 estimated over the entire site! I think its going to be a very good year for this little butterfly.
The image below was taken with my usual macro setup; Canon 1D mk4 and Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.   I’d noticed this individual basking on this grass stem and after shooting with the sun behind me to get the usual front on image, I decided to shoot with the sun in front of me to get this backlit shot. The background is a distance woodland partly in sun giving this very camouflage type pattern.
Settings for those interested:
1/250sec at f/7.1, -2/3 exposure compensation, ISO400
Subject distance- 43cm
More to follow as I process them so please keep checking back for more pics.


Norfolk photography

A visit to Norfolk was on the books between 29th Nov-3rd Dec with a very good friend of mine to see what sort of natural history photographs we could add to both of our portfolios. 
First stop for two days was Welney WWT on the Ouse Washes.   A great place to be for swans in the winter and we weren’t dissapointed with around 6000 Whoopers and 2000 Bewick Swans in the fields on and around the reserve.   The two days were spent in the photography hide underneath the main observatory hide over looking the ponds where the swan feeds take place.   Some great photography was had with the snow on the ground illuminating the undersides of the flying birds.  A escaped Harris Hawk was an unusual sighting on the reserve was fun to watch as it was constantly being harrased by the local crows, Marsh Harriers and Peregrine.
One of the more notable images from the day was of a Whooper Swan preening in the snow:

Whooper Swan.

Wednesday through till Friday were spent skidding around the snowy lanes and checking the quays around high tide hoping for some roosting waders.   At one place, using the car as  a hide, we managed to get some close views of waders (mainly Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Turnstone and Dunlin) but on one of the tidal inlets we did managed to catch a glimpse of a Long-tailed Duck (one bird I haven’t seen for a few years), although not to get any images.

Grey Plover.
Turnstone at Salthouse.

Snettisham RSPB was one of the stops on the list to see the roosting Pink footed Geese.  The evening light was too overcast for any ambient light to break through for photography so the geese were only watched through binoculars but it was still a spectacular sight to see and hear thousands of geese flying over head.  Luckily, on the way to the reserve, hundreds of Grey Partridge were found so we decided to try our luck with these with some good images had.

Grey Partridge in the snow.

The approach road to the reserve were full of Curlew and Snipe aswell, all digging in the snow for food.

High key image of a snipe in the snow.

Throughout the week, a Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler (aka Humes Leaf Warbler) had been seen at Wells Wood, which is situated on the coastline of Wells-next-the-Sea.   On arrival, heavy snowfall the night before gave mixed judgement as to whether the bird had survived or not.   Luckily, the bird was feeding strongly underneath the nettles and picking out a lot of green aphids (its amazing how much food birds find especially during the winter and under 6″ of snow!).  A new bird for me, great views of this warbler were had as it fed, sometimes within a metre away.   Hopefully it will see itself through the winter and onto warmer climes.  Another added bonus in the vicinity were 4 Northern Bullfinch that been found within the woods.  I only managed to see and photography 1 female, although the male had been elsewhere and was quite elusive.  Some fantastic light for photography allowed me to get these pictures:

Humes Leaf Warbler.

Northern Bullfinch.

Wells Wood in snow.

Travelling back home I managed to find a field full of thousands of Pink-footed Geese.  Knowing that these would be flying in and out until sunset I decided to pull in and spend the rest of the day with them.  With the setting sun as a backdrop I managed to get myself into position ready for the ultimate takeoff as they headed back to roost.  Unfortunately, a dog walker prematurely flushed them so I was unable to get the shots I had visualised. Here are some that I managed to get before hand though.

Pink footed Geese flying against the setting sun. 

Pink footed Geese flock taking off.