206/365 Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus

It has been a long time waiting but the first Bewick’s Swans of the winter have finally arrived at Slimbridge WWT in Gloucestershire this morning.  To mark the arrival I thought this image of a Bewick’s Swan I photographed at the beginning of this year would fit the bill.

Bewick’s Swan, Cygnus columbianus, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire, February, 2013.

206/365 Bewicks Swan

198/365 Black Darter Sympetrum danae

Another image from the Black Darter session the other morning.  I used a shallow depth of field to emphasise the black markings (pterostigma) on the wings.

198/365 Black Darter

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197/365 Black Darter Sympetrum danae

The smallest Darters within the UK these Black Darters are also very common. Whilst out working on location I found a small colony of these and just had to go back the next morning with the macro lens.
Black Darter, Sympetrum danae, Staffordshire, August, 2013.
Canon 5D3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro, 1/800s at f/7.1 at ISO800.

197/365 Black Darter

196/365 Speckled Wood Parage aegeria

Something a bit different from my usual wildlife images. Whilst out in the garden I saw this particular individual repeatedly landing on this statue after nectaring or chasing other butterflies. On my first observation (without the camera) the butterfly had landed directly in the crease of the statues arm and it looked as if both were looking at each other. On getting my camera it never landed there again! Usually how it goes… but I’m pleased with this image. 

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, West-Midlands, August, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II, 1/320sec at f/8.0 at ISO400.

196/365 Speckled Wood

195/365 Green veined White Pieris napi

I have a love-hate relationship with my Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens. It produces stunningly sharp images but the focus is soooooo slow!! I’ve yet to try or read reviews of the new version of this lens so hopefully they have rectified this. Here is an image of a Green-veined White butterfly nectaring from a thistle head.

Green veined White, Pieris napi, Warwickshire, June, 2011.
Canon 1DIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250sec at f/7.1 at ISO400.