Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major


We have lift off…

I had been watching this individual very carefully and following its movements.  I knew i wanted an image of it in flight so increased my ISO to 3200 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/6400 which was enough to freeze the moment of take off. All that I needed then was to have the luck to capture a nice wing angle which this image does nicely.

Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
1/6400s at f/7.1, ISO3200

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*NEW* BIrd of Prey workshops


For all those that have missed the previous post, I am running a great day photographing birds of prey at the Barn Owl Centre, Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th October.

Please see my previous post for the details here: BIRD OF PREY WORKSHOPS

If anyone is interested please get in touch with me.

Many thanks

Ian

*NEW* Bird of Prey photography workshops


Hi everyone,

A few days ago I posted about my new bird of prey photography workshops.  For those who have expressed interest already here are the details.  If you are interested in this great workshop please contact me using this link here:  CONTACT IAN

Here is the advertisement:

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161/365 Misty Tufted Duck


Following on from the previous post and not wanting to miss the first appearance of the Osprey I moved around to the opposite side of the reservoir.  The mist was still apparent but no where as thick as it was.  I noticed a female Tufted Duck bathing in the water and knew that she would flap her wings after she had finished.  Setting up, it was just a matter of waiting.  She was fairly distance so opted for a more minimalistic approach to the image.

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.

160/365 Misty Mallard


Getting up early sometimes gives you the edge over images taken later in the day.  Wanting to photograph the osprey in one of the previous posts (here), I was on site about 20mins before sunrise.  Looking at the weather forecast the night before and expecting a clear blue sky (which it was), what I didn’t realise was that the reservoir was going to have a very thick layer of mist hanging over the top of it.  Within an hour this mist was gone, being burnt off by the heat of the sun.  Knowing that the best pictures would be taken through the mist towards the sun I positioned myself in the best spot and waited for the sun to come up over the horizon.   To say it was fantastic was an understatement.  I would have been more than happy just to watch this scene unfold in front of me with mysterious shapes and shadows dancing around in the mist being backlit by the rising sun.  Im just glad there was a fair bit of activity with gulls and ducks making fairly regular appearances and coming within camera range for a decent photograph.

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

156/365 Osprey


A migrant Osprey had decided to take a pit stop at Upton Warren NR in Worcestershire for over a week. Hearing about this from the local bird reports and never witnessed a fishing Osprey it was an opportunity to good to miss so I decided to set my alarm for 5.15 to be on site for just before the sun rise.  Having a fishing Osprey in front of you is an awesome site as it circles round looking for its next fish dinner and with a slight flick of its wings drops like a stone to hit the water like one, completely submerging itself in the process. It was great to witness and also fantastic to photograph.

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.

Mallards in snow!


After editing some images from last year I decided to give myself a break and head down to the local pond to see what I could photograph in the snow.  90% of the pool was frozen over and the other 10% was covered in roughly 150 Mallards, 1 Canada Goose, 1 captive Pintail and an assortment of feral geese type things.  After putting some grain down I concentrated on getting some pictures of the Mallards in the snow.  I quite like the Mallard flying so I will be going down there again soon when the sun comes out to play to better this picture.  There were Moorhen, Coot and a Green Woodpecker present aswell.  Here are the results: