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.

206/365 Bewicks Swan

163/365 Gannet


An image from South Uist when I was photographing in a force 6 gale! These gannets were mesmerising to watch as they used different flying techniques to move over the ocean. The ‘shearwater’ technique of flying was most popular to get through the gales. I found a large boulder on the beach to hunker down behind to get out of the wind and spent at least 2 hours photographing their comings and goings. This image is one of the more abstract of the series and is actually a colour image. If you look very carefully you can still the yellow colour on the head of the gannet.

Gannet, Sula bassana, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, September, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II converter.

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.

046/365 Lightning strike


To finish my small selection of Borneo images, I would like to end on a spark of electricity! Image number 046 is of a lightning strike captured during one of the most exciting storms I have ever witnessed. Capturing lightning strikes is fairly to easy to achieve settings wise, but is very difficult to plan where the lightning is going to happen. A lot of patience is required but sitting with a beer on the balcony certainly helps. Although the camera could have been moved to the left slightly, there is no way of knowing where it will strike so I was very happy with this when I previewed on the back of the LCD. If anyone wants the shooting data for this please drop me a message.

Lightning strike, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, April, 2o10.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.