Saturday, 27 September 2014
The egrets make great subjects for the camera as they fly and feed.Being large birds it is not difficult to obtain correct focus and I tend to underexpose when taking images so as not to burn out the white plumage of the birds.Hopefully I have succeeded with the images shown above of some of the action from Leighton Moss. The Great Whites are the first group of images with the little egrets bringing up the rear.Hope you enjoy my efforts and in my next posting I will show some of the many waders currently enjoying the muddy conditions at the Eric Morecambe hide.Thanks for looking in and enjoy the weekend.
Friday, 26 September 2014
One of the best places to see pink footed geese is at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Martin Mere. I have made a couple of visits recently and have been treated to some spectacular views of the large flocks arriving and settling in for a long stay through the winter months. I think some of the geese use Martin Mere as a staging post before flying on to Norfolk and other parts further south.
I have shown above a few images of the geese as they arrived and flew around the reserve.It is indeed a spectacular sight to see many thousands of geese in the air together.Another wonderful aspect is the sounds the geese make as they communicate coming into land.It is difficult to convey in words and images and you really have to be there to experience what is one of nature's memorable and exciting events. If you can I recommend a visit to Martin Mere to witness this annual spectacle.Thanks for looking in and more from Lancashire's wildlife soon.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
I was approached by Carnegie to see if they could use one of my pictures of red deer at Leighton Moss on the cover of the book.I was obviously very pleased and readily granted permission.
I have shown above an image of the cover of the book.The cover image is a clever combination of two images.The silhouetted marsh harrier was photographed by Ben Locke a freelance who often works with BBC Springwatch.My image is of running red deer taken from the Grisedale Hide in 2011.Ben's image is shown above in full and is a lovely image in glorious light of a marsh harrier over Leighton's reedbed .I have also shown my image in full and was one of a series taken as a number of red deer charged across in front of the Grisedale Hide in August 2011.
I have been invited to the book launch next Saturday at Leighton Moss by the publishers and look forward very much to meeting the author and of course to seeing my image in print. If you visit Leighton Moss in the coming weeks look out for this very interesting new publication.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more of Lancashire's wildlife.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
On the day of my visit the tide was over nine metres and was backed by a strong westerly wind which all helped to push the birds towards the waiting camera.There were indeed thousands of waders present consisting of knot,dunlin,godwits, sanderling and oystercatchers.I was kept busy with two lenses,the 500mm for close up shots and the 70-200 for flight and group shots.Many of the birds,particularly the knot and bar tailed godwits still had hints of bright breeding plumage on show and looked fine in the warm afternoon sunshine.
At one point a peregrine falcon appeared to harass the flocks.I didn't see it take any prey but it did force the birds into tight formation flocks to try and avoid capture.I have shown above some scenes from the beach but nothing can compare with actually being there to witness this spectacular display.I now eagerly await the next series of high tides when I will once again be at one of my favourite wildlife locations.Thanks for looking in and hope to be back soon with more of Lancashire's wonderful wildlife.
Friday, 29 August 2014
The kingfisher did fly past me a few times but never stopped in the area where I had set up camp.I knew when it was in the vicinity when I heard it's sharp call.The best opportunity arose when I went to talk to a nearby fisherman and the kingfisher flew in and perched directly opposite the camera.I was too slow and the bird flew into a nearby willow bush overhanging the water.It was obscured by vegetation but I did manage a few shots before it departed.
Despite waiting for five hours or so this was to be my only opportunity.This however is wildlife photography and I will be back to this delightful spot on the Wyre to catch up with the kingfisher
A few images are shown above from the afternoon,certainly not my best shots of a kingfisher but I know next time I will hopefully get those wonderful close ups in good light.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
I duly arrived and visited Tony Disley at the In Focus shop.Tony had obtained some recent video of the kingfishers and later I caught up with Susan and Peter Wilson who had just been watching and photographing the kingfishers.They were therefore still showing well and I was to spend the next couple of hours or so at the Ron Barker Hide.
It was a very pleasant afternoon and from time to time the kingfishers would put in an appearance perching alongside the ditch in front of the hide.I managed some reasonable images and a selection are shown above.It was nice to see these lovely birds again and it was a very enjoyable with good weather and good company and everyone enjoyed the sightings of these special birds.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more of Lancashire's wildlife.