I had an unusual day during the week. I went to Dumfries and Galloway to meet up with old friend Alan McFadyen who runs Scottish Photography Hides and to photograph the amazing Sparrowhawk. They can be difficult at times but the bird had just come out of molting and I was looking forward to seeing it in pristine condition and as you can see, I wasn’t disappointed. The bird is a male you will notice the piercing eye – deep yellow and very large.
I was in the hide for over ten hours before the male Sparrowhawk came along. It stayed for only one minute before it flew away. I managed a few images before its departure but I am quite pleased with the results. I hope you like them also.
British Wildlife Photographic Awards.
Its been the presentation night at the BWPA in Central London at the Mall Gallery on Monday night. It’s was a great night lots of stunning images on show. I met some old friends and I think made some new ones
I am pleased to say that my image of a Little Grebe entitled “Take Off” was highly commended by the judges. It was taken at Williestruther Loch near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.
I ran up to Williestruther Loch last night, which is to the south west of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. There was a beautiful sunset developing in the early evening. A small community of little grebes live on the loch, these are a favourite of mine and never tire of photographing them. I think they area a striking bird, quite small but with rich colours in their breeding plumage.
Here are a few of the images from my trip.
It started in March when I got a buider in to look at building a birdhide. We have a good veriety of birds comming out of the woodlands ajacent to my garden, from woodpeckers, lesser, redpols, nuthatch, blue tit, great tit,] and siskins to name a few. The hide has electricity and heating and very soon I will be able to get internet connection in there.
Its great having the facility so close to home, twenty metres away. I find myself going in at 6:00am some morning just as the sun is coming up over the horizon getting some stunning light on the birds
If you would like to come along and and take some pictures take a look at this link http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=10201
Whenever I travel to the Isle of Mull I will, if I have time stop in the harbour at Oban on Scotland’s west coast to see the very pretty black guillemot. Oban has to be the best place to see black guillemots. It’s usually just a few minutes for the visit and that has never been long enough to do these little birds justice grabbing a few pictures in the time available. So I decided to make this venue a destination rather than a passing visit to photograph the black guillemots. I spent three days there in some of the finest and hottest weather that Scotland can offer, getting burnt in the process but getting some nice behavioural images as well.
Siskins – busy collecting food for their young in the nests
After six months of feeding the birds in my garden the birds are now coming in on a regular basis, woodpecker, nuthatch, redpoll, collared dove, chaffinch, dunnock, tree creeper, blue tit great tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit in winter, spotted flycatcher, sparrowhawk. But I think one of my favourites is the beautiful little siskin. They are extrmely busy collecting food for their young.
Siskin – Male
Siskin – female at the reflection pool
Their colours are vibrant, the male has more colour than the female
Siskin – Male
Siskin – Male
I have gaind four Honerable Mentions in the International Photographer of the Year Awards
The four pictures are :-
Great Spotted Woodpecker Garden Bird Workshops
I have started the Garden Bird Workshops up again after have a state of the art hide built in my garden recently. The birds are turning up now after six months of feeding them. My favourite birds are the great spotted woodpecker and I am lucky enough to have them visiting regularly. They come in as close as ten feet from the lens giving great opportunities of getting stunning images of these exciting birds.
Her are just a few, I hope you like them.
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides Isle of Mull.
I took these pictures of the Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides on Mull Charter’s boat Lady Jane on a white-tailed eagle trip on Loch Na Keal. As with most small boats Lady Jane was getting a following of sea gulls looking for offerings from the boat. In the middle of the group of following gulls I saw the Iceland Gull competing for food, its a bit of a rarity around UK coastline so we were very please to see it.
Her are a few image, I hope you like them
Ringed Plover – Loch Na Keal, Isle of Mull.
On a recent trip to the Isle of Mull looking for otter, I came across this ringed plover on the shore of Loch Na Keal. The bird was calling incessantly to its mate. I spent some time watching the bird calling and running around in front of me and took some images of their behaviour.
The ringed plover Charadrius hiaticula is a small wading bird; it can be very difficult to see on a stony shore as it blends in so well with its habitat. It will lay its eggs on the shore in a small scrape in the pebbles. This is its best form of defence as it is very difficult to pick out on the shoreline.
Here are a few pictures from the session, I hope you like them