Tuesday, 5 June 2012


European Roller is for me one of the most enigmatic European bird. These birds were trying to nest in amongst a dozen or so pairs of  Lesser Kestrels. The interactions between the two species were dramatic with the male of one of the two pairs doing what appeared to be totally out of control tail spins.  They were too far away for my 400mm lens and with no tripod I was forced to use a fast shutter speed to reduce camera shake. This resulted in the first shot being too dark.  The next two shots are the result of over lightening in Photoshop, but with very pleasing results. The last shot I had the correct exposure but could get no closer.  This was a favourite place a few rocks giving them a complete 360 degree view,       

Too Dark

A Pleasing Effect

Possibly more Dramatic

Their Favourite Place

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Common as Muck!  Must be easy to photograph!  Try it!!!!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Wheatear - Three Different Crops

Having spent some time trying to improve this particular shot I could not decide which cropped shot I preferred.  I have placed the three best and hope someone will help me decide.None of these have been processed other than cropping from the original.

Portrait Matches Erect Stance of the Bird

Landscape Shows Off Dead Grass Flowing like Water

Cropped to the Maximum to show Feathers

Original No Cropping

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Black Darters

It is possible to see these in September,but the weather we are having  is stopping me from improving on these shots.  There is always next year.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Emerald Damselfly

I originally went to watch the Ospreys at Foulshaw Moss, but they were too far away to keep my attention hence these photographs.

Male and Female  (Lestes sponsa)

Some one previously had been gardening to Photograph at this site

Pleased with this shot.

Saturday, 21 May 2011


Up to present I have not shown photographs of birds in the hand on this blog..  This is simply because they are never natural poses. You can see below why I decided to break this rule.

Hence The Name

Feathers on Eyelids ?

Unusual but Normal Tail Moult for Wryneck

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Brent Geese - Foulney Island 23/03/2011

These Dark-bellied Brent Geese were following the tide out of the bay to the right as you come off the causeway. There were approximately 60 of these and 100 light bellied.
Aware and Waiting for the Signal

The Ones Close go the "C" of the Click

The Tail End Charlies