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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Headed down to Derbyshire to try for water voles for the second time this year and, after not having much luck last time, it was nice to score with these adorable cretaures and capture them on film. The Nikon D4 at 1600ISO had no problems in getting me the images and I have to say […]

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The hedgerows are full of birdsong at the moment in this very mild spell we’re having. Migrants are arriving daily and the residents have all taken up song, like this dapper yellowhammer belting out his ‘little bit of bread and no cheese’ chorus. Shot from the car in harsh light so only a record shot, […]

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One of my favourites of Gyrfalcon in flight over heather covered cliffs. I really like the way the  purple heather provides a complimentary contrast to the grey bird.  The gyrfalcon (Falco rusticola) is a much stockier bird than the peregrine and bigger too, a very impressive species. Nikon D3, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 ISO400 1/1600 @ f/5.6 […]

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I took the brand new D4 for its first outing to see what it was capable of and, as always when I test a new camera body, I went along to Gigrin Farm in Wales to photograph red kites because I know that these magnificent birds will be a) plentiful and b) very fast and […]

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Headed off to Scarborough today for a tour of the harbour in search of any divers or grebes that might be present in the area. However, before hitting the harbour, we detoured to the boating lake in the town where we caught up with the most obliging male garganey which was resting in the scruffy, […]

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Another fairly fruitless foray out of the county, this time to Lancashire to try for the obliging bitterns we’d heard so much about. Unfortunately, our luck wasn’t in and although we did see bittern briefly, we were unable to photograph it or the short-eared owls we’d been tipped off about!! Oh, well! We made a […]

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Today we ventured over the borders and into Derbyshire for a scout of the narrow guage canals in search of water voles but our luck wasn’t in! We did see one of these chubby little mammals at one site but drew a blank on all the other regular haunts we know of. Maybe numbers are […]

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