Last weekend was supposed to be a weekend of fast action and quick reflexes with a boat trip booked to photograph the diving gannets from the sea at Bempton Cliffs. Unfortunately, the 30mph westerly winds put a quick stop to that and the boat trip was cancelled for safety reasons. Up to the top of the cliffs it was then!
With Bempton Cliffs being an extremely popular location with photographers, I wanted to take some more unusual images and this is one I really liked of two Gannets in a courtship display against the rising sun.
Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
Canon 1Dx with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x converter.
1/4000s at f/8 at ISO200
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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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Photographers often say that the best photographs are taken close to home and I have to agree with this.
I would really like to describe how I trekked miles in to a remote ancient woodland and fought off three bears for this image but it would be far from the truth as the location was in the garden. The garden is very wildlife friendly and a section of it in the spring is covered by a yellow carpet of Lesser Celandine. The celandine is from the Ranunculus family which holds around 600 species including the buttercups. I particularly liked this image with the composition and depth of field.
Canon 5D Mk3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens with angle finder.
Handheld. 1/250s, f/4 at ISO400.
It’s great when everything comes together for an image. This Green Sandpiper had spent most of the time feeding against a muddy bank offering limited photo opportunities. I was lucky that the light was really nice when it walked into this clear area of water and started to preen itself.
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Definitely a marmite shot for the viewers of my blog. I wanted to capture the big flocks of Knot during the hide tides at Snettisham RSPB in Norfolk. Setting the alarm for stupid o’clock in the morning I arrived on site to the sound of hundreds of thousands of Knot on the estuary. I emphasise sound of Knots as I couldn’t see 20 metres in front of me because of a heavy sea fog that had enveloped the whole of the estuary. Getting into position I knew the fog would lift eventually but not as soon as I would have liked. As the tide came in all those thousands of Knot, Oystercatcher, Godwits, Dunlin, all those fantastic birds I should have been photographing were pushed off the estuary where they were feeding to roost on the reserve, straight over the top of my head. The only problem was the fog was still to thick to do anything with them. After an hour or so, the sun started to burn off the fog and small shapes were starting to appear. Even though you can’t make out what the birds are (unless you an expert in identifying birds’ silhouettes) I still liked the contrast and mystery of these images as the birds tried to find a place to roost.
Knot, Calidris canutus, Snettisham RSPB, Norfolk, September, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Which way is up? 😉
It was great fun watching these Mantled Howler Monkey’s and their babies getting up to all sorts of things in the forest canopy. Whilst the rest of the group were resting and sleeping, this little baby was more interested in seeing what I was doing. As I was trying to find the best position to photograph between the branches to get the clearest shot. this individual was trying to find the best position to watch me.. which in the end seemed to be… upside down! 😉
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
New locations always throw up difficulties and this new Bee-eater colony was no exception. A few sessions here provided some nice results and I can’t want to try out some new ideas next year. Here’s a pair in the last rays of the sun.
European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Hungary, 2013.