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

170/365 Red Squirrel


Another Red Squirrel taken from a great setup with a reflection pool.

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Dumfries and Galloways, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS, 1/400s @ f/4, ISO 1250.

170/365 Red Squirrel

169/365 Red Squirrel


Hi all,

Its been a long time posting on this blog but work has had to take precedence unfortunately.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and had many great parties for the New Year celebrations!
To kick start the year off I had a trip up to Scotland to photograph some of the Scottish species.  First of all is the Red Squirrel.  A very iconic species and great fun to photograph even though they are a bit quick.  This image was taken at ISO8000 (yes, you read right, 8000!!) as the light was extremely poor.  There was no snow so had to improvise…so….this is what rain drops look like at 1/2500th sec shutter speed.  It looks like snow.  I think another trip to here is needed to get the real wintry conditions.

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Cairngorms, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS, 1/2500s @ f/4, ISO 8000.

162/365 Rainbow


Another quiet period on the blog due to me visiting South Uist in the Outer Hebrides for 10 days.  Although the wildlife there was very difficult to capture due to 60mph+ high winds and being on migration, I did manage to get this image of a storm passing through the islands with just one tiny hole in the clouds allowing this rainbow to form over this farm in the rain.  I really like this image as it could convey a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people.

South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.

Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus in Worcestershire


With all the frame filling photographs I’d seen on various websites and forums I decided that a trip should be planned to go and see the winter plumage Slavonian Grebe that had taken up residence in Grimley, Worcestershire.  This little bird didnt dissapoint.  Being able to shoot from ground level aswell around this small fishing pool was an added bonus and gave the intimate shots that I wanted to get.   This is a cracking species in both winter and summer plumage and that red eye is just mesmorising!!