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

109/365 Fire in the water

With interest in yesterdays post, todays post 109, is just the reflection in the water from the willow tree. Its amazing what sort of textures and patterns you can get in the water from here. I always stop by this particular location to see what is available in the autumn.

Willow tree reflection in water.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4  L IS lens.


108/365 Mallard under willow tree

I’ve been editing some images recently and came across this one I took last autumn.  I really like this image as its so rich in textures and colours. Its of a drake Mallard and is very chilled out sitting underneath this over hanging Willow tree.

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Gloucestershire. 2011.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4  L IS lens.

As always, please click on the image to enlarge.

106/365 Eider macro

Today’s image is of a close up of a female Eider duck. This is one example where you can use a super telephoto in place of a macro lens. I’d noticed this Eider duck sleeping so decided rather than to shoot a standard portrait with my 500mm I would try and get as close as possible and fill the frame. In order to this, I had to put a 25mm extension tube between my lens and camera to reduce the minimum focus distance of the lens. What results is a frame filling abstract image of a sleeping bird.

Eider, Somateria mollissima, Gloucestershire, June, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm extension tube.

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.


Image 020 is of a small group of Pochard.  I really like this image as there were some really dark clouds looming in the distance which were being reflected in the calm water. 

Pochard, Aythya ferina, Gloucestershire, February, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.



Image 018 is of a flying Shelduck.  Its great to get the right lighting on these species as it really shows off their bottle green head and the irridescent green patch on their wing.

Sheduck, Tadorna tadorna, Gloucestershire, January, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.