120/365 Orchid II


Todays image is another version of my orchid photograph from the studio session the other day.

Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox.

 

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.

118/365 Orchid


I bought some new portable studio lights last week and have just been able to start playing with them. First test subject was the ‘kitchen’ orchid. Messing around with high key images today, I really like the overall effect of this. It would look great as a canvas! Any takers?

Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox.

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!

115/365 Coot offering


On another part of the London Wetland Centre, this pair of Coots were rearing 4 chicks. The adult male was always bringing little bits of food back for the sitting female and the chicks. Occasionally it would bring back extra strips of reed as nesting material.  It would very gently hand it to the female and this is the tender moment of this offering.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

114/365 Coot


Coots are a very common and familiar species for most people and are often overlooked as photographic subjects because of this.  I saw this bird preening  from a distance so approached with the idea of capturing the reflection aswell. After preening most birds will wing stretch or flap or do something interesting so its just a matter of time and waiting patiently.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

026/365


After watching a programme about the plight of the Slow Loris in Java on BBC2 last night, image 026 is of a male Bornean Slow Loris I was lucky enough to see and photograph in a rehabilitation centre in Borneo.  Although protected by law, Slow Loris are cruelly being taken from the wild to be sold as pets in markets in the exotic pet trade.  The ‘cuteness’ of these animals is unfortunately linked to how popular they are as pets and therefore growing supply and demand of these creatures is playing a role with their rapid demise in the wild.  The Natural World programme with Dr Anna Nekaris can be seen again on BBC iPlayer here.
Unlike the Slow Loris in Java this fortunate individual will be released back into the wild.

More images of this species can be found on my agency website here: ALAMY

Bornean Slow loris, Nycticebus menagensis, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.

Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 lens.