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Richmond Park Deers 2014

Richmond Park London in the Autumn is a stunning place to visit to witness the rutting Red Deers. The magnificant beasts bellow and battle in the cold misty mornings. All these conditions add up to make it an ideal location for wildlife and nature photography.

 

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Skomer Island 2014

Following my visit to Skomer Island in 2013, I just had to return for a couple of nights this year. Skomer is an island off the coast of Pembrokeshire in southwestern Wales. It is well known for its wildlife: around half the world’s population of Manx Shearwaters nest on the island, the Atlantic Puffin colony is the largest in southern Britain. Overnight stays give you a great chance to see the Puffins at sunset, something you cannot see doing a day trip as the boats leave to early.  Here are a selection of my photos, more can be viewed on my Flickr Photostream

Puffin with Sand Eels Skomer Island 2014

Flying Puffin - Skomer 2014

Skomer Island Puffin 2014

Puffin Skomer Island Wales 2014

Puffins Skomer Island - Wales 2014

Flying Puffin - Skomer Island Wales 2014

Puffin Skomer Island 2014

Flying Puffin Skomer Island Wales 2014

Puffin with Sandeels Skomer Island 2014

Flying Puffin Skomer Island 2014

Marsh Harriers at Elmley Nature Reserve

Elmley Nature reserve is well worth a visit for Marsh Harriers, Waders and Reed Warblers. More images can be viewed in higher resolution on my Flickr Photostream.

Marsh Harrier Patrolling

Marsh Harrier and an OysterCatcher

Marsh Harrier and an OysterCatcher

Marsh Harrier Elmley Marshes

Reed Bunting, Elmley Marshes

Little Owls and Kestrel

Following on from my Kingfisher day I decided to head back to Droitwich and photograph some wild Little Owls and Kestrels.

I hired a 500mm for the day which was ideal for these photos. More photos from this day on my flickr

Little Owl and Great Spotted Woodpecker Fight

Little Owls

Little Owls

Little Owl

Little Owl

Little Owl

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

Skomer Island Blog

I was lucky enough to get a last minute place to stay on Skomer Island for 2 nights. The weather wasn’t great on the first day but really picked up at sunset then the 2nd day it was glorious sunshine with the added bonus it was a Monday and no boats come over so it was like having the island to yourself. The Puffins mainly gather at the Wick, there are thousands so you cannot miss them. As I stayed over night this allowed me to get up around midnight and head out for a walk in the dark to hear and see the thousands of Manx Shearwaters that comes back to the island once the sun has set. Amazing to hear the noise and see the masses flock back.

So on with the photos, here are a selection, there are more on my flickr photostream

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Puffin with Mouth Full of SandEels

Oi Thats my landing Spot!

Puffin Landing on Skomer Island

Rockstar Puffin

Puffin Skomer Island Wales

Puffin Flying with Sand Eels in Mouth

Backlit Puffin on Skomer

Puffin - Skomer Island

Puffin Evening Landing

He's Behind You!!

Puffin Landing with Red Campion on Skomer Island

Kingfisher Photography Day

I recently took part in a Kingfisher Workshop Day in Droitwich Spa which enabled me to get very close to wild Kingfishers feeding on the river. Using a combination of a Canon 1Dx with 70-200mm F2.8 IS L, 300mm F2.8 IS L for the diving shots and a Canon 5D3 with the new Canon 500mm F4 IS L MKII with x1.4 MKIII for the perching shots.

The day was very overcast for the majority of the time but towards the end of the day we got some nice golden light which complimented these stunning birds.

The day began around 9:30 when we entered the hide, firstly lining up for the diving shots using the 300mm. As you can imagine this type of photography is very pot luck as there are so many factors you cannot control. Lucky for use we were treated to some early visits by the birds however the dives were not ideal for the classic photo poses. We carried on until after lunch before we changed the set up for the low water level shots using the 70-200mm.  Again very pot luck on where the bird exits the water, but I came out with some great shots in the end, which made it a good day all round.

My photos made the Daily Mailonline and also BBC Springwatch Unsprung on 30 May 2013 with this first photo.

Large version of all these images can be viewed on my Flickr Photostream

 

 

Wild Snakes in Surrey

I had heard about the location of some Adders in Surrey and having never seem a wild snake in the UK before I thought I’d go and explore to see it I could photograph these amazing reptiles which are the UK’s only native venomous snake.

Wild Adder Snake - Surrey

Wild Adder Snake – Surrey

 

Wild Adder Snake Surrey

Wild Adder Snake – Surrey

Wild Adder Snake - Surrey

Wild Adder Snake – Surrey

All photos were taken on a Canon 1Dx and a 300mm F2.8 IS L with either a x1.4 or x2 TC

Spring is Here!

Spring in the UK finally arrived this week. All the flowers were blooming and the bugs were starting to appear from their winter slumber. These photos show some of the varied flora and insects that visit my garden.

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Richmond Park – An Early Winters Morning Sunrise

It was 7am and pitch black when I rolled up to the locked gates at Richmond Parks Sheen Gate entrance. I waited for 20mins or so for the wardens to open the gates and drove in and parked my car. I decided to park in the Sheen car park and walk over to the Pen Ponds, which seemed a good idea at the time, great when full of energy in the morning but not when you have finished and have a trek back.

The sun was rising slowly as I got to the Ponds, a low mist had formed across the lower pond with the sunrise behind. I rattled off a few photos and then headed off in the direction of the sunrise. The best place to park for the sunrise photos is the centre car park. I found a lot of photographers had gathered here for the sunrise and also very kindly some Deers had decided that wanted to be in the photos. As you can see below, one had even took the time to wear some bracken 😉

I spent around 2hrs in the park before taking the long walk back to the car, a well worth while trip out, enjoy the photos below.

Deer at Sunrise

Deer at Sunrise

Richmond Park, Misty Morning Sunrise

Richmond Park, Misty Morning Sunrise

Richmond Park Sunrise over Pen Ponds

Deer Flare Richmond Park

Kingfishers

Today was a Kingfisher hunt, managed to photograph a male and a female bird.

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