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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bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

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

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

bird, nature, wildlife
Fieldfare

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Redwing

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Redwing

bird, nature, wildlife
Redwing

bird, nature, wildlife
Redwing

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Shore Lark

A shore Lark has been on the beach at Rossall Point in Lancashire for several months now. At the end of  December I took a trip to try and photograph it. Fortunately when I arrived there were some birdwatchers and photographers watching the bird. This saved me, what could have been hours, searching for such a small bird on a long stretch of coastline.
I moved in and settled down on the beach, It was foraging for food on the tide line and soon headed towards me. With some good light I was able to get the best shots I have achieved of this species. A Shore Lark on the shore.

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bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife



Thursday, 27 November 2014

Robins and Calendars

I have just added next years A4 calendars for sale on my website. There are two to choose from, these being Birds and Mammals. They were very popular last year and make great Christmas gifts at £10 each inc p&p. Here's the link to the page - Steven Round Bird Photography A4 Calendars

Recently I have added 150 new Robin images to my website, making a total of 250. With a great assortment, many are in frost and snow and I even have them skating on ice. I will do a festive post featuring some of them nearer Christmas.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Photos of the Day - Bathing Sparrowhawk

A few years ago this male Sparrowhawk would bathe in our garden pond, almost daily. On this occasion I was in my hide photographing smaller birds when it turned up. The lens I was using was far to big to fit all of the bird in and get shots of it bathing. So I literally crawled out of my hide and managed to get to the house, collected my 300mm lens , crawled back, swopped the lenses and the job was done. Who says you can't outwit a bird of prey.

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bird, nature, wildlife

Monday, 10 November 2014

Garden Coal Tits

Other birds that has been foraging in the garden pine trees are Coal Tits. Several pairs have been feeding on the seeds over the last month. They are a lot easier to photograph than the Goldcrests, especially when they hang off the pine cones.

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bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

bird, nature, wildlife

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