British Birds front cover!

It’s always a great feeling when you see your images in print but even better when they are used as a front cover! The British Birds journal has used my Stonechat image for their May issue.  This is such a great informative journal on all things avian and is a must read for any one with an interest.  For more information on the contents of this issue click here:

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184/365 Whiskered Tern … Chlidonias hybrida

Hi folks. Its been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been to Hungary visiting lots of new sites for running photographic tours next year. The first processed image is that of a pair of Whiskered Terns. I’m glad I didn’t have the converter on! There were so many Whiskered Terns flying around it was hard to concentrate on which one to photograph. Luckily this pair dropped in to this perch in front of the hide. 

If any body would like any information on forthcoming trips please contact me and I will add you to the mailing list. 

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, Hungary, June, 2013.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, 1/1600 at f/4.5 at ISO1600.

184/365 Whiskered Tern

178/365 Hovering Stonechat

I’ve just returned from an interesting trip to the centre of Hungary co-leading a group over there. Setting up a hide for a Marsh Harrier we noticed that there was a pair of Stonechat feeding young within 15m of the hide. It was great to watch both the male and female Stonechats flying in with all manner of food including this Silver Y moth. Hovering before plunging into the grass to feed the young, it certainly put my camera techniques to the test trying to lock on to these fast moving birds.

Stonechat, Saxicola torquata, Hungary, May, 2013.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with 1.4x III converter. 1/1600sec @ f/5.6 at ISO1600.

180/365 Stonechat

168/365 Red footed Falcon

Another image like the Turtle Dove here showing the technique where the background is lit and the subject is in shade. This time the subject is a female Red footed Falcon.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Hortobagy, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

167/365 Turtle Dove

A technique I’ve been using more and more recently is where the conditions in the background are bright and the subject is in shadow. Here is an image of a Turtle Dove in such conditions.

Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens and Canon 1.4x III converter.

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