British Birds front cover!


It’s always a great feeling when you see your images in print but even better when they are used as a front cover! The British Birds journal has used my Stonechat image for their May issue.  This is such a great informative journal on all things avian and is a must read for any one with an interest.  For more information on the contents of this issue click here: http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/article/british-birds-may-2015/

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178/365 Hovering Stonechat


I’ve just returned from an interesting trip to the centre of Hungary co-leading a group over there. Setting up a hide for a Marsh Harrier we noticed that there was a pair of Stonechat feeding young within 15m of the hide. It was great to watch both the male and female Stonechats flying in with all manner of food including this Silver Y moth. Hovering before plunging into the grass to feed the young, it certainly put my camera techniques to the test trying to lock on to these fast moving birds.

Stonechat, Saxicola torquata, Hungary, May, 2013.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with 1.4x III converter. 1/1600sec @ f/5.6 at ISO1600.

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White Britain


Sorry about the lack of postings over the last few weeks but its been a bit mad leading up to and through Christmas and New Year.  I shall do my best to update this blog every weeek from now on. 
With all this wonderful wintry weather we are having at the moment I can say I’m enjoying every second of it.  The winter light is superb anyway but with the touch of snow on the ground just adds to the magic.  After trying to get out to remote places in the car (and sliding about!!) I decided to do some local photography and walk up around the North Hill section of the Malvern Hills.  The views were amazing.  Some of the photographs below are a male Blackbird sitting in a snow laden tree, a close up macro photograph of ice crystals, the priory church from North Hill, and a female Stonechat sitting in a spindly rose bush.