Article: How to photograph Black Redstart


I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

227/365 Hoopoe Upupa epops


Often referring to this bird as looking like a ‘pick-axe’, in my opinion the Hoopoe has got to have one of the best latin names in the bird world… Upupa epops!
After successfully raising the first brood this little gift was for the female for the start of the second brood.

Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Hungary, June, 2014
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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199/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.

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195/365 Green veined White Pieris napi


I have a love-hate relationship with my Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens. It produces stunningly sharp images but the focus is soooooo slow!! I’ve yet to try or read reviews of the new version of this lens so hopefully they have rectified this. Here is an image of a Green-veined White butterfly nectaring from a thistle head.

Green veined White, Pieris napi, Warwickshire, June, 2011.
Canon 1DIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250sec at f/7.1 at ISO400.

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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.

147/365 Large Skipper butterfly


As it was forecast to be dry (at last!) and fairly calm last night, I decided to go out and try and find some butterflies.  Within about 5 minutes I found this Large Skipper on a Self-heal flower.

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus, Herefordshire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and flash setup.