123/365 Carrion Crow


Crows are probably the hardest to photograph as they are very intelligent and don’t really like being within close proximity to people.  I got lucky with this individual and managed to get a full frame photograph.  To bring out the most of a crows plumage overcast conditions are the best as it really shows off all of the feather details.

Carrion Crow, Corvus corone, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, September, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

105/365 Black-headed Gull


 

This image of a winter plumaged Black headed Gull goes against pretty much all of the rules of photography; the bird is flying out of the frame, both wing tips are cut off, no room for the subject to go into.
Despite all of these, I really like this image, particularly the backlighting which highlights all of the feather details around the wings and the tail, and the water droplets dripping off its plumage aswell.
With photography I always think…. rules are there to be broken! 😉

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, West-Midlands, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

104/365 Wood White butterfly Leptidea sinapis


After being involved in a research project for two years studying these little gems, I have to say that these Wood White butterflies have to be one of my favourite insects.  Very similar to the Green-veined White (in my post yesterday)  but the top wing is a lot more rounded  in the Wood White compared to the quite angled edge to the other ‘white’ butterflies.

Wood White, Leptidea sinapis, Herefordshire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

All purpled out!


I’ve been living in the Malvern Hills area in Worcestershire for about 3 years.  Whilst driving around, I noticed this large patch of Devil’s Bit Scabious in flower with around 10 Small Tortoiseshells nectaring on them.  Not missing an opportunity in perfect light, I grabbed the camera and got snapping away.  2 and a half  hours later and almost 8gb of memory in the bag, I packed up and went home hoping that I’d made the most of the opportunities.  This is the first time I’ve photographed Small Tortoiseshell butterflies so I was very pleased with the results.  Here’s some of the edited images.  Enjoy!

 

Small Tortoiseshell on Devils Bit Scabious, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Small Tortoiseshell on Devils Bit Scabious, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Backlit Small Tortoiseshell on Devils Bit Scabious, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire