224/365 Misty Knot Calidris canutus


Definitely a marmite shot for the viewers of my blog.  I wanted to capture the big flocks of Knot during the hide tides at Snettisham RSPB in Norfolk.  Setting the alarm for stupid o’clock in the morning I arrived on site to the sound of hundreds of thousands of Knot on the estuary.  I emphasise sound of Knots as I couldn’t see 20 metres in front of me because of a heavy sea fog that had enveloped the whole of the estuary.   Getting into position I knew the fog would lift eventually but not as soon as I would have liked. As the tide came in all those thousands of Knot, Oystercatcher, Godwits, Dunlin, all those fantastic birds I should have been photographing were pushed off the estuary where they were feeding to roost on the reserve, straight over the top of my head.  The only problem was the fog was still to thick to do anything with them.  After an hour or so, the sun started to burn off the fog and small shapes were starting to appear.  Even though you can’t make out what the birds are (unless you an expert in identifying birds’ silhouettes) I still liked the contrast and mystery of these images as the birds tried to find a place to roost.

Knot, Calidris canutus, Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk, September, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

224/365 Knot

201/365 Kestrel Falco tinnunculus



Some images convert to black and white perfectly and for me this female Kestrel certainly does the trick.
Click on image for larger view.

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

200/365 Dunlin Calidris alpina


The small pools at Salthouse in Norfolk are a great place to photograph small wading birds at close range.  Last week was no different with a small group of juvenile Dunlin feeding between 3-10 metres away from where I was positioned. A great way to spend a morning.

200/365 Dunlin Calidris alpina

086/365 Robin in snow Erithacus rubecula


Todays image, number 086, is of a Robin in snow. I would love to see this on the front of a Christmas Card! 😉

Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Norfolk, December, 2010.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

085/365 Rowan berries in winter


Image number 085 is a very wintery scene that I took in the severe winter of 2010-2011 when a friend and I visited Norfolk. I drove past this tree hoping to find some waxwings or other thrushes feeding from the berries but luck wasn’t with me. Instead, I took this wide angle shot with my 17-40mm to make the most of the opportunity.

Rowan berries in snow, Norfolk, December, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4 L 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.

083/365 Flying Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis


Yesterdays image, number 083 is of a flying Fulmar.  The last fews pictures have been from the English county of Norfolk, so I tend to continue this theme with the next images. Fulmars are fantastic birds to watch especially over the sea, as they flide on their ‘stiff’ wings.

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Norfolk, December, 2007.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.