Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

We have lift off…

I had been watching this individual very carefully and following its movements.  I knew i wanted an image of it in flight so increased my ISO to 3200 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/6400 which was enough to freeze the moment of take off. All that I needed then was to have the luck to capture a nice wing angle which this image does nicely.

Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
1/6400s at f/7.1, ISO3200


049/365 Arctic Terns

Being a wildlife photographer, I am always striving to capture images of interaction between subjects or to get a behavioural shot of a subject. In image 049, these pair of Arctic Tern are showing both! I was ecstatic when I saw this on my computer screen. I had seen it on the LCD screen on the day and it looked good. I wanted to make sure it was sharp enough for publication before getting really excited, and I wasnt dissapointed.

Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea, Northumberland, July, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.