Wildlife and Landscape Greeting Cards

I’ve dabbled with handmade greeting cards over the past few years for friends and family but it was about time I started to produce these on a more commercial basis.  Well it’s now happened and the first 10 greeting cards are available to buy directly from myself.  The designs are listed below:

Portraits from left to right:
IBP001 Red Fox
IBP002 Kingfisher
IBP003 Robin
IBP004 Red Kite
IBP005 Red Squirrel
IBP006 Bornean Orangutan

Landscapes from left to right
IBP007 St Michael’s Mount
IBP008 Pink-footed Geese
IBP009 Borneo Sunset
IBP010 Great Malvern Priory


Cost: £2.00 plus p&p
The front image is sized A5 (half of an A4)
Printed on thick 300gsm card with a soft silk finish and luxury white envelope.
All cards are left blank inside for your own message.
They are really excellent quality and I’m very proud to add them to my product collection. If you would like to order any of these designs either contact me directly or go to my website in the gallery section under Greeting Cards.

Fox Greeting Card

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.

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.

077/365 Snow on the hills

Todays image, no 077, is a wintery scene on the Malvern Hills. I would be interested in what my viewers think of this. I have played around with the contrast and saturation in this image to get more of a moodier image from the original.  The original was very flat and pretty boring and I thought this version was more realistic of what I saw.  Any comments on this would be appreciated.

Snow on the Malvern Hills looking south towards Worcestershire Beacon from North Hill.
Canon 40D with Canon 17-40mm.

Norfolk photography

A visit to Norfolk was on the books between 29th Nov-3rd Dec with a very good friend of mine to see what sort of natural history photographs we could add to both of our portfolios. 
First stop for two days was Welney WWT on the Ouse Washes.   A great place to be for swans in the winter and we weren’t dissapointed with around 6000 Whoopers and 2000 Bewick Swans in the fields on and around the reserve.   The two days were spent in the photography hide underneath the main observatory hide over looking the ponds where the swan feeds take place.   Some great photography was had with the snow on the ground illuminating the undersides of the flying birds.  A escaped Harris Hawk was an unusual sighting on the reserve was fun to watch as it was constantly being harrased by the local crows, Marsh Harriers and Peregrine.
One of the more notable images from the day was of a Whooper Swan preening in the snow:

Whooper Swan.

Wednesday through till Friday were spent skidding around the snowy lanes and checking the quays around high tide hoping for some roosting waders.   At one place, using the car as  a hide, we managed to get some close views of waders (mainly Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Turnstone and Dunlin) but on one of the tidal inlets we did managed to catch a glimpse of a Long-tailed Duck (one bird I haven’t seen for a few years), although not to get any images.

Grey Plover.
Turnstone at Salthouse.

Snettisham RSPB was one of the stops on the list to see the roosting Pink footed Geese.  The evening light was too overcast for any ambient light to break through for photography so the geese were only watched through binoculars but it was still a spectacular sight to see and hear thousands of geese flying over head.  Luckily, on the way to the reserve, hundreds of Grey Partridge were found so we decided to try our luck with these with some good images had.

Grey Partridge in the snow.

The approach road to the reserve were full of Curlew and Snipe aswell, all digging in the snow for food.

High key image of a snipe in the snow.

Throughout the week, a Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler (aka Humes Leaf Warbler) had been seen at Wells Wood, which is situated on the coastline of Wells-next-the-Sea.   On arrival, heavy snowfall the night before gave mixed judgement as to whether the bird had survived or not.   Luckily, the bird was feeding strongly underneath the nettles and picking out a lot of green aphids (its amazing how much food birds find especially during the winter and under 6″ of snow!).  A new bird for me, great views of this warbler were had as it fed, sometimes within a metre away.   Hopefully it will see itself through the winter and onto warmer climes.  Another added bonus in the vicinity were 4 Northern Bullfinch that been found within the woods.  I only managed to see and photography 1 female, although the male had been elsewhere and was quite elusive.  Some fantastic light for photography allowed me to get these pictures:

Humes Leaf Warbler.

Northern Bullfinch.

Wells Wood in snow.

Travelling back home I managed to find a field full of thousands of Pink-footed Geese.  Knowing that these would be flying in and out until sunset I decided to pull in and spend the rest of the day with them.  With the setting sun as a backdrop I managed to get myself into position ready for the ultimate takeoff as they headed back to roost.  Unfortunately, a dog walker prematurely flushed them so I was unable to get the shots I had visualised. Here are some that I managed to get before hand though.

Pink footed Geese flying against the setting sun. 

Pink footed Geese flock taking off.