Best of 2015

I hope everyone has had a wonderful time over the Christmas period.  Personally, I think I’m still full from the Christmas dinner!

Well, it’s that time of year (again!) where we all start thinking about New Years’ resolutions and how we would like to move forward into 2016…
Before I do that I would like to show you 9 images that I have photographed over 2015 that have special memories for me.
May I taken this opportunity to wish everybody a very healthy and fun filled 2016 with lots of great photographic opportunities and wildlife encounters…


Images from left to right, top to bottom:

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) in display flight
Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria) flower
Drake Garganey (Anas querquedula) against sunrise
Pair of Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) courtship display
Full Moon
Mountain Ringlet butterfly (Erebia epiphron)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Close up image of Green-barred Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus) butterfly wing
A very cheeky European Pine Marten (Martes martes)



096/365 Shocked Spur-winged Plover

Well, todays image, number 096, brings me back up to date with my 365 project, and I’m not sure who’s shocked the most, me or this Spur-winged Plover. 😉 (which is taken from a low view point! 😉 )

Spur-winged Plover (lapwing), Vanellus spinosus, Kenya.

055/365 Spur winged Plover

Todays image, 055, is of a Spur winged Plover. We found a pair of these birds nesting near a small pool by our hotel. Due to the amount of human traffic around the pool, the male was constantly trying to push people away from the sitting female. It made for great flight shots of this species. You can see the ‘spurs’ on the wing, from where it gets its name.

Spur winged Plover, Vanellus miles, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS.