Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Skylarks

One of my projects through April was to photograph Skylarks. My main aim was to try and get some good shots of them in flight, something I hadn't done properly before. Although tricky, I managed to do quite well with them and was really pleased with the results. Here are a few of the 25 I have uploaded to my main website.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Moorland Species

Back in March I spent a long day up on the Yorkshire moors. My target bird was Golden Plover, which, in my experience is a difficult species to photograph. My luck was in this time, with a pair coming very close and giving me plenty of time to get some decent shots.
A day on the moors wouldn't be complete without getting a few photographs of the resident Red Grouse. They were in prime plumage, as they displayed and called from the highest points they could find. I have also included some Curlew shots, taken locally, to add to the theme.

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Golden Plover

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Golden Plover

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Golden Plover

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Golden Plover

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Red Grouse

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Red Grouse

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Red Grouse

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Red Grouse

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Red Grouse

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Curlew

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Curlew

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Curlew

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Curlew

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Brown Hares Getting Frisky

I have been photographing these Brown Hares for over 12 years now. I have shots of them in most poses, from running, chasing each other, resting, some boxing and a few of the very cute leverets. With each visit it gets harder to find something different to capture of them. It would be nice to have more shots of them boxing, but it is very difficult to be in the right place at the right time and often this is over in seconds.

Having spent so much time with them over the years, you learn the signs of a possible action shot. A few weeks ago, a male was giving a female a lot of attention. He was following her around closely, at first she kept running away a little and I thought I might be in with a chance of some boxing shots, as she fended him off. This didn't happen, she accepted his advances and I was rewarded with my first photographs of a pair mating.

I now have 140 Brown Hare images on my main website -  Steven Round Bird photography


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Friday, 6 March 2015

Session with a Kestrel

I was recently invited by Austin Thomas to photograph a female Kestrel.  It is a wild bird that has become very confiding in him, as he has been feeding it for some time now.  He recently won the award of Birdguides photo of the year with a shot of the bird running towards him.

When we arrived at the site the Kestrel obviously recognised Austin's car, as it flew in and perched up nearby.  I got set up, lying on the ground, and in no time at all the bird had flown down onto the track.  This low angle produced some weird and wonderful images.  As it would run towards us, it's feet were at times completely off the ground, and with the track sloping away, the only thing in focus would be the bird.  It was great fun and I managed a good variety of shots in a relatively short session.

Many thanks to Austin for the invite.  I am very grateful to be invited to share, in reaping the rewards of the many hours he has put in, to be able achieve such images.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Winter Thrushes

I have done a few sessions recently photographing Fieldfare and Redwing. I really enjoy working with these colourful species. They can be quite a challenge though, especially the Redwing, which are extremely twitchy. This makes it all the more rewarding when I achieve some good shots. You can tell they are a popular subject, with 137 Fieldfare and 74 Redwing images now on my main website.

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Fieldfare

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Redwing

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Redwing

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Redwing

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Redwing
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