226/365 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

It’s great when everything comes together for an image.  This Green Sandpiper had spent most of the time feeding against a muddy bank offering limited photo opportunities.  I was lucky that the light was really nice when it walked into this clear area of water and started to preen itself.

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

226/365 GreenSand

117/365 Mute Swan with cygnets

With all of the new ducklings around reservoirs and lakes at the moment I thought I would show this image of a Mute Swan with her cygnets taken in the late afternoon light.

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, Staffordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS.


115/365 Coot offering

On another part of the London Wetland Centre, this pair of Coots were rearing 4 chicks. The adult male was always bringing little bits of food back for the sitting female and the chicks. Occasionally it would bring back extra strips of reed as nesting material.  It would very gently hand it to the female and this is the tender moment of this offering.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

114/365 Coot

Coots are a very common and familiar species for most people and are often overlooked as photographic subjects because of this.  I saw this bird preening  from a distance so approached with the idea of capturing the reflection aswell. After preening most birds will wing stretch or flap or do something interesting so its just a matter of time and waiting patiently.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.


113/365 Little Grebe

I’ve been photographing/working over the weekend at the London Wetland Centre as they had a big event there called London Wild Bird Watch. Its a great place for photography and the next couple of posts will show some of my favourite images.

First of all is this Little Grebe.

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.


112/365 Great Crested Grebe

Image 112 was taken when the sun had just dipped below the horizon giving this very peaceful reflected light on the waters surface.  The great crested grebe was an added bonus as it paused momentarily in the reeds.

Great crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus, Gailey Reservoir, Staffordshire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.


095/365 African Jacana

Image 095, is an African Jacana. and what a cool looking bird.  Its legs and feet are huge and because of this evolutionary trait spends most of its time walking across the top of floating water vegetation such as Lily’s (where it gets its local name from of Lily-trotter!)

African Jacana, Actophilornis africanus, Kenya.