230/365 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it.  I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.

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Article: How to photograph Black Redstart


I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

208/365 Bee-eater Merops apiaster


New locations always throw up difficulties and this new Bee-eater colony was no exception. A few sessions here provided some nice results and I can’t want to try out some new ideas next year. Here’s a pair in the last rays of the sun.
European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Hungary, 2013.

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207/365 BBC Wildlife Magazine published image


It is great to see one of my images almost full page in the November issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine! Check it out on page 58.
The image is of a group of Sanderling on a very windswept beach on South Uist, Outer Hebrides taken in September last year.
The current issue is on sale now from all good newsagents. More information on the current issue can be found here:http://www.discoverwildlife.com/issue/november-2013
Here’s the image:

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206/365 Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus


It has been a long time waiting but the first Bewick’s Swans of the winter have finally arrived at Slimbridge WWT in Gloucestershire this morning.  To mark the arrival I thought this image of a Bewick’s Swan I photographed at the beginning of this year would fit the bill.

Bewick’s Swan, Cygnus columbianus, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire, February, 2013.

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205/365 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta


An image for this evening….
The last hour of sunlight known as the ‘golden hour’ is great for photographing in. I waited for this Avocet to walk through a patch of light where the setting sun would give this nice rim lighting to the bird.

205/365 Avocet

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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