5 raptors over Bilston!! Impossible….. or is it?


I’m sitting here writing this as a very happy person.

Wanting to do a bit of birdwatching this afternoon I decided to do a migration watch from the garden. The sun was quite hot so I thought it was good conditions for migratory birds of prey.  Sitting in the garden for an hour I had a single Peregrine being mobbed by a Kestrel, which I’m presuming is one from the Peregrine pair in Birmingham.  A Sparrowhawk flew through the garden made another bird of prey.  This was followed by 2 Buzzards catching a thermal but they were lost to view after about 2 minutes.  Relocating the 2 Buzzards again there was a third bird that had joined them.  This bird was slightly larger, noticeably longer winged and white underneath. An Osprey!! Grabbing my camera very quickly, I managed to get some very distant (and I mean distant!!) record shots of the individual.  Blowing the images up to 200%, I made out the slivery pattern on the upperwing and a lack of a sub terminal band on the tail making this a juvenile Osprey! Fantastic! Another tick for the garden bringing the total up to 69! I wonder what the next garden tick will be… 

154/365 Grey Phalarope b/w


A revisited image of a Grey Phalarope that I have converter to black and white.

Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus falicarius, September, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

Digital presentation / talks page added


Since I became a freelance photographer,  I have been visiting RSPB, Wildlife trusts, nature groups and camera clubs presenting my work in the form of digital slideshows.
I have just updated a new page for this blog purely for details on my talks. 
If you know of any group within the UK (or abroad) who is after any speakers for your clubs then please ask them to get in touch. They can get in touch with me directly here: http://www.ianbutlerphotography.co.uk/contact.php
Details of the talks I offer can be found on my talks page at the right hand side of the header above or if you want to go straight to the link please click here:
https://ianbutlerphotography.wordpress.com/talks/

Looking forward to hearing from you. 😉

 

122/365 Ring Ouzel


As the rain had started to slow down last night, I organised a small outing with my good friend this morning to see if the weather had brought down any migrants on to the Malvern Hills.  Meeting at half 6, we decided to do the two highest points on the Malverns (North Hill and Worcestershire Beacon) hoping something would have dropped in.  We weren’t dissapointed with great sightings of 5 Ring Ouzels, and single Wheatear and Redstart.  To celebrate, todays image is of a male Ring Ouzel I photographed on the hills two years ago in the autumn when they came back through the Malverns from their breeding grounds.

Ring Ouzel, Turdus torquatus, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, October, 2009.
Canon 7D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x teleconverter.

 

117/365 Mute Swan with cygnets


With all of the new ducklings around reservoirs and lakes at the moment I thought I would show this image of a Mute Swan with her cygnets taken in the late afternoon light.

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, Staffordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS.

 

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.