Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Harlequin Ducks from Iceland

I'm still fighting a losing battle with my backlog of images, but aim to have a real push at clearing a good chunk of them throughout the winter. Hopefully, plenty of blog posts will follow over the next few months.
I start with a few of the 44 Harlequin Duck images I have added to my site. These were taken in Iceland last year. This is one of the main species that birders go to Iceland to see. They spend the summer on fast flowing rivers which makes them tricky, but fun to photograph. Especially when they disappear in the rapids to come up 50m or more downstream.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Great Crested Grebes

Here are a few images of Great Crested Grebes, taken back in March. It's often difficult to get right down to water level to get the shots that I like to achieve, but this site allowed me to do that. With the distant reedbed giving a lovely contrasting colour to the deep blue water, these shots are just what I wanted.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mallorcan Waders


Back in April I spent a week on the island of Mallorca in Spain. Having been there quite a few times, I had a few species that I wanted to get better shots of. At that time of year you never know what you could find, with migration in full swing from Africa.
I spent quite a bit of time at the S'Albufera Marsh, in the north east of the island. It's a very large reserve with a great amount of birds. No two days are ever the same here, with something different to see on each visit. This post will show some of the wading birds I saw at the reserve.

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Little Ringed Plover
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Little Ringed Plover
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Black-winged Silt

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Black-winged Stilt

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Green Sandpiper

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Greenshank

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Purple Gallinule

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Purple Gallinule

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Common Snipe

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Spotted Redshank

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Chatting on the Moors

I have spent some time recently on the moors in North Wales. Two of the typical moorland species I've been photographing are Stonechat and Whinchat. This is an ongoing project with lots more images to come, here are a few taken so far.


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Male Stonechat

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Male Stonechat

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Female Stonechat

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Female Stonechat

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Female Stonechat

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Male Whinchat

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Male Whinchat

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Male Whinchat

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Female Whinchat
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Female Whinchat

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Female Whinchat

Friday, 1 April 2016

Marsh Tits

The Marsh Tit is a difficult bird to find and photograph in the north west of England. A few weeks ago I spent a day at a location I have been to a few times over the years, trying to photograph them. There only seemed to be one pair, but that is all I needed to get some decent shots. Now I need to get the same results with Willow Tits.

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Mountain Hares

A few weeks ago my friend Richard and I made an early start to try and photograph Mountain Hares. As the name suggests they live at high altitudes so the weather plays a big part in the success of a trip. We wanted shots of them in their white, winter coats. So trying to find a day when the conditions would be good enough wasn't as easy as you would think. The main problem being low cloud, then the strong winds and snow. Richard had been several times before but this was my first visit.

After a good walk to the hills through patches of snow and having to cross a waterfall, we split up and slowly combed the area. You would expect that they would be easy to spot with their white coats against the heather and grass, but they tend to hide in hollows and behind rocks. I flushed several that I hadn't even seen as I walked up the hillside. I quickly realised I needed to change my plan of attack, I had to try and spot them from a greater distance. After a while I did find one sitting out in the open, It was too far away to get a decent photograph so I would have to stalk it. I started to crawl towards it, getting a few shots as I got closer. Eventually after crawling what must have been 50 metres I was at a range for full frame shots. Over the next few hours I used the same technique to photograph a few more and came home pleased with the results. Hopefully I will be able to get back to them soon.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Short-eared Owls

Back in November I had a good session with some Short-eared Owls. I did think that it would be an ongoing project through the winter, although the weather has put paid to that so far. Hopefully there will be some more opportunities before they move off to their breeding grounds.


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