161/365 Misty Tufted Duck


Following on from the previous post and not wanting to miss the first appearance of the Osprey I moved around to the opposite side of the reservoir.  The mist was still apparent but no where as thick as it was.  I noticed a female Tufted Duck bathing in the water and knew that she would flap her wings after she had finished.  Setting up, it was just a matter of waiting.  She was fairly distance so opted for a more minimalistic approach to the image.

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.

160/365 Misty Mallard


Getting up early sometimes gives you the edge over images taken later in the day.  Wanting to photograph the osprey in one of the previous posts (here), I was on site about 20mins before sunrise.  Looking at the weather forecast the night before and expecting a clear blue sky (which it was), what I didn’t realise was that the reservoir was going to have a very thick layer of mist hanging over the top of it.  Within an hour this mist was gone, being burnt off by the heat of the sun.  Knowing that the best pictures would be taken through the mist towards the sun I positioned myself in the best spot and waited for the sun to come up over the horizon.   To say it was fantastic was an understatement.  I would have been more than happy just to watch this scene unfold in front of me with mysterious shapes and shadows dancing around in the mist being backlit by the rising sun.  Im just glad there was a fair bit of activity with gulls and ducks making fairly regular appearances and coming within camera range for a decent photograph.

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

156/365 Osprey


A migrant Osprey had decided to take a pit stop at Upton Warren NR in Worcestershire for over a week. Hearing about this from the local bird reports and never witnessed a fishing Osprey it was an opportunity to good to miss so I decided to set my alarm for 5.15 to be on site for just before the sun rise.  Having a fishing Osprey in front of you is an awesome site as it circles round looking for its next fish dinner and with a slight flick of its wings drops like a stone to hit the water like one, completely submerging itself in the process. It was great to witness and also fantastic to photograph.

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.

154/365 Grey Phalarope b/w


A revisited image of a Grey Phalarope that I have converter to black and white.

Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus falicarius, September, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

084/365 Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus


Todays image, number 084, is of a Lapland Bunting.  This particular individual was photographed at a well known photography hotspot known as Salthouse, where during the winter months, small numbers of Lapland’s join forces with the more numerous Snow Buntings around the coastal pools here.

Lapland Bunting, Calcarius lapponicus, Salthouse, Norfolk, December, 2007.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

081/365 Pochard against sunset


It is difficult to get sharp images of flying birds against sunsets purely due to the low light levels available. Pushing the camera ISO to 1000 I managed to get 1/1000th sec to get these Pochard silhouetted against a colourful sky.

Pochard, Aythya ferina, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

080/365 Whooper Swan on pink


Image 080, is a request off a friend who wanted an image with pink in it… so here it is… a Whooper Swan flying against a very pink wintery sky 😉 . The sun was just about to set at this point, and due to there being heavy snow clouds covering the sky, the last rays of the sun sent everything this strange ethereal pink colour. Im just glad the Whooper Swan flew past!

Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 800mm f/5.6 lens.