Northern Gannet Morus bassanus


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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215/365 Montezume Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma


Into the seventh week of leading photography tours in Costa Rica.  I have met a lot of superb people and the birds here are magnificent.  One of the birds that will keep you entertained is the Montezuma Oropendola.  Here is a male standing in the rain whilst keeping a close eye on the females. 

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Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, Costa Rica, January, 2014. 
Canon 5D3 and Canon 500mm f4 L IS lens and Canon 580EX II speedlite. 

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207/365 BBC Wildlife Magazine published image


It is great to see one of my images almost full page in the November issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine! Check it out on page 58.
The image is of a group of Sanderling on a very windswept beach on South Uist, Outer Hebrides taken in September last year.
The current issue is on sale now from all good newsagents. More information on the current issue can be found here:http://www.discoverwildlife.com/issue/november-2013
Here’s the image:

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205/365 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta


An image for this evening….
The last hour of sunlight known as the ‘golden hour’ is great for photographing in. I waited for this Avocet to walk through a patch of light where the setting sun would give this nice rim lighting to the bird.

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203/365 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus


Still ploughing through images and came across this Mistle Thrush at one of Bence Mate’s drinking pools in Hungary from May this year.

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195/365 Green veined White Pieris napi


I have a love-hate relationship with my Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens. It produces stunningly sharp images but the focus is soooooo slow!! I’ve yet to try or read reviews of the new version of this lens so hopefully they have rectified this. Here is an image of a Green-veined White butterfly nectaring from a thistle head.

Green veined White, Pieris napi, Warwickshire, June, 2011.
Canon 1DIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250sec at f/7.1 at ISO400.

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*NEW* Bird of Prey photography workshops


With some very recent meetings I’m pleased to announce that I am now offering Bird of Prey photography workshops in Gloucestershire.

Five hours + five species  = lots of great images.

Watch this space for more details or contact me for more information here:   CONTACT IAN

189/365 Buzzard