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.
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.
To finish my small selection of Borneo images, I would like to end on a spark of electricity! Image number 046 is of a lightning strike captured during one of the most exciting storms I have ever witnessed. Capturing lightning strikes is fairly to easy to achieve settings wise, but is very difficult to plan where the lightning is going to happen. A lot of patience is required but sitting with a beer on the balcony certainly helps. Although the camera could have been moved to the left slightly, there is no way of knowing where it will strike so I was very happy with this when I previewed on the back of the LCD. If anyone wants the shooting data for this please drop me a message.
Lightning strike, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, April, 2o10.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.
Todays post, number 045, is a Oriental Magpie Robin. A very beautiful bird completely different to the robin you would expect to see in Europe with the red breast. These were very common around the hotel where we were staying. This was taken on one of the early morning reccy’s to see what I could find.
Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d MKIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Image 044 is of a Purple Heron bringing in a large branch to its nest. You will often find that species that are rare to photograph in the UK are very common abroad and it is these situations that I make the most of. On the golf course from yesterdays post, there was a lake with an island in the middle. On the island there was a henronry being occupied by at least 5 species of heron and egret, with the Purple Heron and Little Egret being the most abundant. It was just a matter of figuring out the best location for the sunrise and waiting for the adults to start becoming active.
Purple Heron, Ardea purperea, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, April, 2010>
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.