As the rain had started to slow down last night, I organised a small outing with my good friend this morning to see if the weather had brought down any migrants on to the Malvern Hills. Meeting at half 6, we decided to do the two highest points on the Malverns (North Hill and Worcestershire Beacon) hoping something would have dropped in. We weren’t dissapointed with great sightings of 5 Ring Ouzels, and single Wheatear and Redstart. To celebrate, todays image is of a male Ring Ouzel I photographed on the hills two years ago in the autumn when they came back through the Malverns from their breeding grounds.
Ring Ouzel, Turdus torquatus, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, October, 2009.
Canon 7D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x teleconverter.
At last I’ve finally been able to point my lens at an Orange Tip butterfly. It has been driving me crazy not being able to find any butterflies. Despite the windy conditions and intermittent rain I managed to find one! Although far from ideal conditions I whittled down the blurry images to reveal a few keepers. Its amazing what weather conditions these insects go through to survive. I hope its starts to warm up soon though as I’m not sure how long butterflies survive without being able to fly and feed due to the weather.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2012
Canon 1d MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Well, I’m looking at the rain pouring outside of my office window and wondering when I’m going to get the next opportunity to photograph this species. This was an Orange tip I photographed last year at a local site to me. I’ve been to the same site four times so far and had no joy in finding anything that resembles a butterfly so have came away with blank memory cards. I hope I find one soon.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Todays image, no 077, is a wintery scene on the Malvern Hills. I would be interested in what my viewers think of this. I have played around with the contrast and saturation in this image to get more of a moodier image from the original. The original was very flat and pretty boring and I thought this version was more realistic of what I saw. Any comments on this would be appreciated.
Snow on the Malvern Hills looking south towards Worcestershire Beacon from North Hill.
Canon 40D with Canon 17-40mm.
I really like the lighting on this one. It was coming to the end of the day, and the sun had disappeared behind some thin clouds. I had followed this juvenile Wheatear around for some time. It is the same individual as the bird in Image 006, (here). The background of this image is the Herefordshire county some distance below the Malvern Hills. I really like the soft pastel colours in this. It won’t be long now before this species starts appearing back on the hills, heading north on their return migration. I can’t wait.
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, October, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Image no 075 is of a view you have from the Malvern Hills when looking west at sunset. The main hill at the top of the image is Hay Bluff, part of the Black Mountain landscape in Wales. It is approximately 60miles from the Malvern Hills. On clear days it is a prominent feature on the horizon.
Well, to catch up to todays images, I am posting two together; the difference between night and day.
Both are taken looking north from British Camp. The first with a 24-70m (at 51mm) and the second is taken with a 17-40mm (at 17mm). Click both to view a larger version.
The bottom image with the stars was taken with an exposure of 61secs but is still a working progress. There is too much light pollution coming from Worcester to get any decent star trails so I think im going to have to spend a night up there shooting 40-60 exposures and blending them altogether to get what I have in my head. Wish me luck! 😉