199/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.

199/365 Marbled White

128/365 Bathing Tufted Duck


Another image from the London Wetland Centre, this time a male Tufted Duck enjoying a brief moment of sun.

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.

127/365 High key Ring necked Parakeet


Todays image is of Ring necked Parakeet at the London Wetland Centre. Since the sun wasn’t playing ball and the sky was very overcast I decided to overexpose the image by +3 stops causing the white clouds to become completely bleached out, but rendering the bird the correct exposure, leading to this high contrast image.

Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II

126/365 Grey Heron and Coots


I flushed this heron whilst walking around the reserve and unfortunately for the heron it flew straight towards a coot nest.  The adult coots then proceeded to launch a full scale attack on the heron for being too close to the nest.  The heron then had to change direction quickly, which ultimately lead to the heron slowing down and landing about a foot away from the coots nest, which lead the coots to become even more aggresive because of this.  In the end the heron flew past me instead of the coots which in my opinion was the safest option in the first place! Whether the heron thought that the coots would be more concerned about me and tried to take one of the coot chicks or whether it was just an honest mistake I dont know.  It happened extremely quickly and this is the one of the images of the pair of coots scolding the heron! 😉

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea and Coot Fulica atra, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 and 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.

125/365 Mute Swan on nest


Image 125 is a female Mute Swan on her nest.  With the torrential rain we’ve had recently I hope this nest has survived as she was sitting on 4 eggs whilst I was there.

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5D mk3 with 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.

119/365 Orange Tip (finally!)


At last I’ve finally been able to point my lens at an Orange Tip butterfly.  It has been driving me crazy not being able to find any butterflies. Despite the windy conditions and intermittent rain I managed to find one! Although far from ideal conditions I whittled down the blurry images to reveal a few keepers.  Its amazing what weather conditions these insects go through to survive.  I hope its starts to warm up soon though as I’m not sure how long butterflies survive without being able to fly and feed due to the weather.

Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2012
Canon 1d MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.

116/365 Coot on nest displayed on Canon stand


This image was taken a few years ago but I was absolutely delighted to see it printed large as the backdrop to the Canon stand at the London Wild Bird Watch event at the London Wetland Centre over the weekend.  The image itself was around 4m x 2.5m so was fantastic to see it that large. A great pleasure and honour having my image displayed like this! Thank you Canon!!

and the actual image on the stand (taken with my IPhone!)

and a very happy me!