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Monthly Archives: August 2013

I spent a pleasant hour photographing house sparrows interacting with man as they picked up crumbs around our breakfast table outside the motorhome. There were good numbers of adults and juveniles all as bold as brass, feeding from our hands and perching on the bikes propped up at the side. It was nice to capture […]

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Mission impossible? Almost! I spent a couple of hours trying common swift photography at the nest and it’s a hard task. By the time you think they are going to jump out of the nest and you’ve pressed the shutter, they’ve gone! Now that I know where they are nesting, I will try again next […]

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A banded demoiselle resting over a pool in the late summer sun. These creatures look like little fairies as they flutter up and down the river edge with wings that seem to beat in slow motion. Stunning!

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Today I received a phone call about an ecology survey to be carried out on a farm in Arkengarthdale, a beautiful and remote valley in the Yorkshire Dales. That got me thinking about black grouse amongst other birds of the valley and so I thought I would post a photo I took in Scotland a […]

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I love the bubbling sound of curlews on the Yorkshire moorland on a summer’s day. Now at the end of the breeding season, these birds are gathering and making their way to the coast and lower pastures

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Just got round to processing a few shots from earlier this spring. I photographed this summer plumaged turnstone on a quiet beach on the Isle of Bute in early June. There were around 9 individuals in various stages of summer plumage, presumably all heading north but likely non-breeders given the date. Also on the Isle […]

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I’ve just returned from a family holiday in Luxembourg and Holland and, although I didn’t do a great deal of photography, I did spend an evening with the Fuji X Pro 1 on the beach at sunset. These images are taken near Domburg using the Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 lens and various Lee filters and the […]

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I’ve been playing with my new Fuji X Pro 1 which I bought to use in my commercial work but it is just lovely to carry around as a day-to-day camera. Here I used a x2 close-up filter on the 35 f1/4 to capture this small copper on sea holly among sand dunes on the […]

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