224/365 Misty Knot Calidris canutus


Definitely a marmite shot for the viewers of my blog.  I wanted to capture the big flocks of Knot during the hide tides at Snettisham RSPB in Norfolk.  Setting the alarm for stupid o’clock in the morning I arrived on site to the sound of hundreds of thousands of Knot on the estuary.  I emphasise sound of Knots as I couldn’t see 20 metres in front of me because of a heavy sea fog that had enveloped the whole of the estuary.   Getting into position I knew the fog would lift eventually but not as soon as I would have liked. As the tide came in all those thousands of Knot, Oystercatcher, Godwits, Dunlin, all those fantastic birds I should have been photographing were pushed off the estuary where they were feeding to roost on the reserve, straight over the top of my head.  The only problem was the fog was still to thick to do anything with them.  After an hour or so, the sun started to burn off the fog and small shapes were starting to appear.  Even though you can’t make out what the birds are (unless you an expert in identifying birds’ silhouettes) I still liked the contrast and mystery of these images as the birds tried to find a place to roost.

Knot, Calidris canutus, Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk, September, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

224/365 Knot

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

148/365 Banded Demoiselle


Todays image is of a female Banded Demoiselle.  I’d noticed a number of these flitting about just on the outskirts of a shadow of a tree catching midges. Knowing that if I exposed one of these demoiselles in the sunlight against the shadows, the background would go very dark, resulting in this striking image. It was a matter of putting the wellies on and waiting next to a suitable perch. 🙂

Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens, Worcestershire, May, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS macro lens.

146/365 Fulmar


… and the last post for today… you guessed it… another Fulmar! 🙂

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.