British Birds front cover!


It’s always a great feeling when you see your images in print but even better when they are used as a front cover! The British Birds journal has used my Stonechat image for their May issue.  This is such a great informative journal on all things avian and is a must read for any one with an interest.  For more information on the contents of this issue click here: http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/article/british-birds-may-2015/

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217/365 Mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta Palliata


Which way is up? 😉

It was great fun watching these Mantled Howler Monkey’s and their babies getting up to all sorts of things in the forest canopy.  Whilst the rest of the group were resting and sleeping, this little baby was more interested in seeing what I was doing.  As I was trying to find the best position to photograph between the branches to get the clearest shot. this individual was trying to find the best position to watch me.. which in the end seemed to be… upside down! 😉

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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171/365 Crested Tit


An image of a Crested Tit taken on a trip to the Cairngorms in January. Although the weather conditions were far from ideal the 5D3 made good use of what was available. As you can imagine with such a fast, small bird and with shutter speeds of 1/160th at ISO800, there was a very small percentage of sharp shots amongst the very high percentage of blurry ones. That little red eye would have been nice in some sun! An excuse for another trip there I think!

Crested Tit, Lophophanes cristatus, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
5D3 with Canon 500mm f4L, 1/160th, f4, ISO800.

171/365 Crested Tit

168/365 Red footed Falcon


Another image like the Turtle Dove here showing the technique where the background is lit and the subject is in shade. This time the subject is a female Red footed Falcon.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Hortobagy, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.