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.
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.
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
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With some very recent meetings I’m pleased to announce that I am now offering Bird of Prey photography workshops in Gloucestershire.
Five hours + five species = lots of great images.
Watch this space for more details or contact me for more information here: CONTACT IAN
I’ve just added a new page on my blog about one-to-one photography courses I am running.
Perfect for any level of experience or as a gift for someone.
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Today’s image is of a close up of a female Eider duck. This is one example where you can use a super telephoto in place of a macro lens. I’d noticed this Eider duck sleeping so decided rather than to shoot a standard portrait with my 500mm I would try and get as close as possible and fill the frame. In order to this, I had to put a 25mm extension tube between my lens and camera to reduce the minimum focus distance of the lens. What results is a frame filling abstract image of a sleeping bird.
Eider, Somateria mollissima, Gloucestershire, June, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm extension tube.
Image 080, is a request off a friend who wanted an image with pink in it… so here it is… a Whooper Swan flying against a very pink wintery sky 😉 . The sun was just about to set at this point, and due to there being heavy snow clouds covering the sky, the last rays of the sun sent everything this strange ethereal pink colour. Im just glad the Whooper Swan flew past!
Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens.