Archive for October, 2012

Bird of Prey Workshop – Czech Republic

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I’m running a Bird of Prey workshop for Tatra Photography in the Czech Republic next month. Two groups will be joining us for some fantastic opportunities. A wide range of raptors will be available including golden eagle, sea eagle, peregrine falcon and a variety of owls, both in-flight and posed in stunning, natural settings.

There are a couple of spaces left on the first workshop which runs from 6th – 8th November, if you are interested in booking a place, please visit www.tatraphotographyworkshop.com 

 

 

Water vole images in BBC Wildlife magazine

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I’m very pleased to have another double page spread in the current issue of the prestigious BBC Wildlife magazine, along with a full page image of a watervole and its young.

Here’s a link to the BBC Wildlife website: http://www.discoverwildlife.com/ Current issue: http://www.discoverwildlife.com/issue/november-2012

 

 

The Algarve (Sagres Birdwatching Festival)

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

I’ve just retuned from spending 6 days in The Algarve. I was invited on a press trip to the Sagres Birdwatching festival on behalf of Wild Travel magazine to do a feature for them about the bird photography opportunities in Portugal.

The trip was timed to coincide with the Autumn migration so there was plenty to see and photograph. Over 20 different species of raptor fly over Sagres each year during their migration South, including eagles, falcons, kites, vultures, harriers and sparrowhawks. Sagres is also a great place to photograph seabirds. The pelagic boat trip was in fact one of the highlights of the trip for me, giving opportunities to photograph one of the most endangered seabirds in the world, the balearic shearwater.

Another of my favourite places was Logoa dos Salgados. This small lagoon offers great opportunities for photographing waders, flamingos, marsh harriers and a variety of passerines.

The Ria Formosa is another fantastic area. It is a huge wetland with a string of sandy barrier islands to protect it from the sea. It stretches for almost 60 km and harbours an amazing diversity of bird life due to the variety of habitats including reefs, saltmarshes, sandbanks, salt pans, fresh and brakish water lagoons, reedbeds, farmland and woodland. More than 300 bird species have been recorded here including several that are internationally endangered.

As enjoyable as it was, being part of a group made photography difficult and I didn’t come away with a huge number of images as I may have done if I was on my own, but I’m very happy with the shots I managed to get. I had my doubts about the sharpness of the shearwater images – photographing birds in flight from a small boat in a large swell is difficult to say the least! But I’m delighted to get several that are pin sharp. All in all it was a great trip. The locations, accommodation, food and company were all excellent and I’m already planning a return trip in Spring.

Special thanks go to Ana Vargues for organising such a great trip and of course the Portuguese guides who worked with us.

Here are some favourites…

Flamingos in flight at last light

Black-winged stilt

Fan-tailed warbler in evening light

Cory’s shearwater in flight against stormy sky

Cory’s shearwater in flight

 Cory’s shearwater in flight

 Sanderling stretching

Sanderling

Spoonbills in flight at dusk

Dunlin in flight

Willow warbler silhouetted at dusk

Bar-tailed godwits in flight

Black-winged stilts in flight

Female red-veined darter backlit

Female stonechat

Female pied flycatcher in evening light

Ringed plover

Willow warbler backlit

Red Deer Workshop

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

My red deer workshop is fully booked this year but as I’m still getting enquires I’ve decided to do a second one on either Friday October 19th or Thursday 25th. This will be taking place in Cheshire and as usual will be a full day of tuition in the field with lots of opportunities for action shots of the rut. If anyone is interested, please drop me an email. Many thanks!