Friday, 3 November 2017

Turtle Dove

During our trip to Extremadura in Spain, one the hides we had booked was for Hoopoe. This was a one person hide and Rich was the first to use it, one day before myself. I was quite jealous when he texted me to say he had just had a Turtle Dove in front of his lens. A very scarce bird in the UK nowadays. Later on Rich told the owner of the hides about the Dove, who was suprised and said he had never seen one there.
The next day it was my turn in the hide. Whilst photographing the Hoopoe I noticed a bird feeding on the ground. Yes, it was the Turtle Dove, too distant for any decent shots, but I hoped it would come closer. To be honest, I was more interested in the Dove than the Hoopoe. Anyway it did come closer, to perfect range. It even perched up on the tree that the Hoopoes were nesting in. It's not very often that such luck occurs like this and I was very pleased.
Funnily enough the Dove wasn't seen again. Here's a few images of it.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Black-winged Stilts

A few Black-winged Stilt images from my trip to Spain in April. The low sun and camera angle made for some great light and we were lucky enough to have a mating pair, right in front of us.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Common Snipe

More waders from my Mallorca trip back in April. This time Common Snipe in some lovely calm blue water. It is very satisfying to be able to photograph the birds in these perfect conditions.

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bird, nature, wildlife

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Wood Sandpipers

Another Sandpiper I photographed in Mallorca was the Wood Sandpiper. Yet again a very obliging subject, right in front of the hide. It was worth the trip just to get the shots of the three Sandpiper species.

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bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

Friday, 2 June 2017

Green Sandpipers

Another Sandpiper I photographed in Mallorca was the Green Sandpiper. I had seen them here in the past, but this time the conditions were perfect. With calm blue water and the birds right in front of the hide, I managed some lovely reflective shots.

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bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Marsh Sandpiper

It's been a few months since my last post. During April and May I have been away on photography trips. I spent 8 days in Mallorca and then 10 days in Extremadura, Spain, and I have just returned from 14 days on the Uists, in the Outer Hebrides. This has added 12000 new images to my back log, so it looks like I will be spending quite a bit of time on the computer in the coming months.

Back to my trip in Mallorca. A nice suprise was a Marsh Sandpiper that was at the S'Albufera reserve for a few days while I was there. Quite a rare bird in the UK and Mallorca, so a nice addition to my list of species photographed.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sanderlings

I have finally finished processing and updating my Sanderling images. I have added 67 new images to my website. I had many shots of winter plumaged birds taken locally on the Wirral and North Wales. Then I had images of breeding plumaged birds, taken on the Outer Hebrides, back in 2013. It's hard to believe it is the same species when you compare the two plumages. Both very stunning in the right light and conditions.

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