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

173/365 Black-headed Gull feeding


Whilst down at the coast yesterday I decided to have a short mini project on Black headed Gulls.  I learnt a lot about their feeding behaviour and how to utilise this to gain better photographs.  It was putting the autofocus system of the 5D mk3 to the test and I can honestly say it coped extremely well.  It is certainly a project that I will be continuing. Here is one of the best from the day.  Not perfect but I like the way the water is trickling down from the bird as it rises from the water.

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Glamorgan, Wales, February, 2013.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

173/365 Black headed Gull