111/365 Reed Warbler

One of the rarer occasions when a Reed Warbler is actually on full view instead of being buried inside a deep reed bed.

Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Gailey Reservoir, Staffordshire, May, 2006.

Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II teleconverter.


110/365 Orange Tip butterfly

Well, I’m looking at the rain pouring outside of my office window and wondering when I’m going to get the next opportunity to photograph this species. This was an Orange tip I photographed last year at a local site to me.  I’ve been to the same site four times so far and had no joy in finding anything that resembles a butterfly so have came away with blank memory cards. I hope I find one soon.

Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

088/365 Long tailed Tit

One from the archive when I was shooting on a 20D!  Image 088 is of a Long tailed Tit.  One of my favourite birds and one that I really need to point my lens at again.

Long tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, Warwickshire, January, 2007.
Canon 20D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

086/365 Robin in snow Erithacus rubecula

Todays image, number 086, is of a Robin in snow. I would love to see this on the front of a Christmas Card! 😉

Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Norfolk, December, 2010.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

082/365 Avocet Recurvirosta avosetta

Todays image is completely different from yesterdays in terms of lighting. Yesterdays image was against a strong colourful backdrop producing a silhouette effect. Todays image of an Avocet was taken on a very dull, overcast day. Rather than having an image looking very flat and lifeless, I overexposed it massively to try and get a high key image and produce an image that was worthwhile keeping.

Avocet, Recurvirosta avosetta, Cley, Norfolk, September, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x extender.

081/365 Pochard against sunset

It is difficult to get sharp images of flying birds against sunsets purely due to the low light levels available. Pushing the camera ISO to 1000 I managed to get 1/1000th sec to get these Pochard silhouetted against a colourful sky.

Pochard, Aythya ferina, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

080/365 Whooper Swan on pink

Image 080, is a request off a friend who wanted an image with pink in it… so here it is… a Whooper Swan flying against a very pink wintery sky 😉 . The sun was just about to set at this point, and due to there being heavy snow clouds covering the sky, the last rays of the sun sent everything this strange ethereal pink colour. Im just glad the Whooper Swan flew past!

Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens.