230/365 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it.  I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.

230 365 Peregrine Falcon

Article: How to photograph Black Redstart

I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

166/365 Grey Heron

Another image of a Grey Heron taken with the Canon 100mm macro lens. Wanting a composition that was slightly different, I placed the heron in the bottom right of the image to show off the clouds in the background.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens


165/365 Grey Heron

Photographing birds with a shorter focal length is always difficult due to the shy nature of most species. Using a hide at water level this Grey Heron proved to be too close to photograph with a 500mm so I swapped to a 100mm macro lens just at the moment of take off.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

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.