172/365 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Photographing in local towns and cities is something I tend not to do on a regular basis.  Sometimes though, a particular scene catches your eye and you think, giving the right situations, the possibility for a special image is there.  Most major cities will have their own local colony of Lesser Black backed Gulls.  This is the same for Worcester.  Passing the River that runs parallel to Worcester on several occasions I noticed that at certain times of day some of these gulls would have their daily preening session.  I’d also noticed the reflections of the buildings on the opposite side of the river.  I planned the photography to be done during the best weather conditions to make the most of the situation.  The image below is one of my favourites from the session.  Its definitely a place I will be going again as there are plenty of possibilities to be had here.

Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus, Worcester, Worcestershire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm F/4 L IS lens.

172/365 Lbbgull

Malvern Hills Queens Jubilee Bonfire Beacon

I was lucky to cover the event of the lighting of the Malvern Hills Beacon for the Queens Jubilee last night.  A fantastic event to be part of and a massive crowd turned up to watch it.

Here are some of the images I took last night during the event after the beacon had been lit.


All about Malvern front cover and article

After writing an article on ‘Where to watch Wildlife on the Malvern Hills’ for the All About Malvern Oct/Nov issue it was a nice surprise when it came through my letter box to see the team had used my Ring Ouzel image as the front cover.  The web version is now online and can be viewed at: http://issuu.com/allaboutmagazines/docs/malvern/1 
where you can view and enjoy my article on page 18 and of course my front cover! 🙂

Malvern Hills guided walk 26/7/11

Henley-in-Arden Wildlife Society contacted me and asked if I could take their group on a guided wildlife walk on the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. 
Worcestershire Beacon followed by North Hill was the plan for the morning walk and then British Camp and Swinyard was programmed in after lunch.  17 people turned up on what was a great day for walking and being outdoors and also for observing wildlife.
Some great birds were seen including Pied Flycatchers chasing Redstarts around a hawthorn tree, two migrant Wheatears, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a very close flyby from a juvenile Sparrowhawk, hovering behviour from both Kestrel and Buzzard (although I think the Kestrel wins feathers down!) Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Stonechat feeding their young, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Linnet and juvenile Whitethroat to name but a few.
A great line up from the insect world were seen aswell including Small Heath, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and excellent views of Grayling (a Malvern speciality), Cinnabar moth caterpillars, a single Vapourer moth caterpillar, Violet Ground Beetle, Wolf spider, and Funnel Web Spiders.
A great day with great company was had by all and the ice cream at the end just finished it off nicely! 😉
If you are a trust or society leader and would like to find out more about the guided walks I offer please get in touch either by email or by phone and I can discuss the options in more detail.

Lapland Bunting, Malvern Hills

Wow, well after the Snow Bunting from last year on Worcestershire Beacon on the Malvern Hills, who would have thought that I would be pointing my lens at five Lapland Buntings!! Amazing! Five of these lovely chestnut and brown migrants were located on the 20th September at around 10am.  Although I’ve photographed this species before on the Scilly Isles and in Norfolk in previous years,  to have 5 less than 1/2mile from your doorstep surely has to be the best excuse to go and pay them a visit.  This small group seemed to be made up of a family group as there was a well marked adult male, and then some juveniles judging by the pale fringes to the feathers and also their pointed tail feathers. 
Although quite tame they spent a lot of time in the long grass feeding on seed heads so they could be quite elusive.  After spending three hours up there I managed some reasonable shots, one of which can be seen below.  More images can be seen on my website here: http://www.ianbutlerphotography.co.uk/gallery.php?pgid=natural history

Facemediagroup business cards

A shameless plug to Facemediagroup for the fantastic printing and service from their company.  I’ve used this company twice now and they have never failed to impress me with their level of service and quality of the end product.  I have just received a batch of business cards (see attached pic) that come in boxes of 50.  Perfect for keeping them in your bag or in the car to save them getting dirty or creased and therefore easy to give to potential clients too.  I would definately recommend Facemedia without hesitating and cant wait to use them again! Their website is www.facemediagroup.co.uk and the business cards can be found at http://www.facemediagroup.co.uk/?page=business.cards.