Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay, very shy bird.

The Eurasian jay is on of my favourite woodland birds, highly intelligent with lots of character but it is very shy and nervous, which makes i difficult to gat images off. It’s a member of the crow family

Its usual call is the alarm call, which is a harsh, rasping screech, and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a tawny owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as goshawks and peregrines during the day.

 

Wildlife Photography Workshops

Wildlife Photography Workshops

I run a number of workshops to photograph some really special species of wildlife in Scotland and in Northern Sweden from the simple woodland birds from my hide near my home in the Borders to the golden eagle very close at seven metres up in the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden

My group sizes are very small; it’s difficult to photograph wildlife with large numbers of people wielding cameras. Because of these small groups I can give people individual attention

On the workshops we will look at cameras setting, compensation average white balance and take a close look at depth of field and magic triangle you need to understand to achieve the depth of field you are looking for. The magic triangle is the correlation between shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO. Which ever you alter, it has an effect the others.

If you are interested in coming on any of my workshops or just want information, Please click on one of the links in the menu on the left of this page. That will take you to the workshop page and give you the information you require. If you require further information please contact me via email of phone.

Email   ron@wildlife-photography.uk.com

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Phone 01450 870044 office – 07802236740 mobile


 

Common Redpoll, Woodland Bird Hide

I have a new visitor to my woodland bird hide, the common redpoll. They have been here for over a week now and show well for small periods of time. There are two males and one female so far and hopefully they will stay around and nest locally, it would be nice to see them thriving here in this small corner of the Borders.

If you wouldlike to photograph these and many other species of woodland birds check out the details here http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=10201

Golden Eagle Workshop, Northern Sweden, February 2017.

I have just returned from my golden eagle workshop in Kalvtrask, Northern Sweden. We had a great trip with the eagles performing very well, seeing and photographing them on all three days. The male eagle was showing aggresion as another eagle that entered the area. Its hackle went up and it pushed its chest out and lifted its head back in a gesture of defiance. If this of interest to you please take a look at this link for details http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=10233

There were lots of small birds on all three days, bulfinch’s, great spotted woodpecker, eurasian jays, marsh tit, black woodpecker giving great opportunities for great photography. We has an amazing trip, and came back wih lots of pictures. Here are just a few

Red Squirrel. Southern Scotland

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I think most people would put the red squirrel at or near the top of their cute list. They are very appealing as you watch them go about their daily business. I put some hazelnuts down to entice the squirrels onto the wall and tree stump, it didn’t take long for the squirrel them to find the nuts.

720 1440 cropped red squirrel BI4X8105A very alert red squirrel

All these images where taken from the same spot, and Iike the way the light changes as time passes by. From early morning as the sun rises to later in the day as it gets higher in the sky the images get lighter. The early images a more dramatic than the later ones All the images are very appealing but I think I like the more dramatic feel to the earlier images.

I am always pleased to be in the company of the red squirrel, they always give me a small on my face as they perform their routines.

Water Rail – Secretive bird of the reedbed

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The water rail is smaller and distinctly slimmer than the moorhen The water rail is a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts, grey face and underparts and black-and-white barred flanks, and a long red bill. Difficult to see in the breeding season, it is relatively easier to find in winter, when it is also more numerous and widespread. Although usually secretive they can become confiding but are still far more often heard than seen.

It is a bird I have admired usually very briefly as it scurries in and out of the reedbeds it calls home.

Brambling – a winter visitor

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The winter viisitors are starting to arrive at the woodland bird hide, the latest one is the very beautiful brambling Fringilla montifringilla. The brambling over winters here in the UK and can be found with a bird which is very similar, the chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. They can be found feeding together particularly in beech woodlands where they both like beech masts.

I think these are very attractive birds. I like the vivid colours and I look forward to seeing more of them at my woodlad bird hide.

If you would like to come and photograph these and other birds, checkout the details here http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=10201

 

Easy Payment Terms – Otters, Isle of Mull

Easy Payment Terms – Otters Isle of Mull

I can offer easy payment terms for this workshop – Otters Isle of Mull

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Easy Payment Terms – Golden Eagles February 2018

Easy payment terms

On some workshops i will accept monthly payments after the deposit has been paid this must be arranged and agreed by both parties before any bookings or any deposits are made and confirmed by email.

Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography is not in any means liable for any injuries to yourself or any damage to photography equipment at any time before during and after workshops Due to the nature of wildlife and weather Ron McCombe will not offer any refunds if for any unforeseeable event beyond Ron McCombe control, this includes in the unlikely event of no show of wildlife and weather conditions this includes workshops taken in hides (this does not included the Farne Islands where a refund is given if boat operators cancels the full trip)

Kingfisher workshop in the unlikely event of a no show of the Kingfisher 50% of the full workshop price will be refunded no alternative date will be offered,

No refund or alternative dates will be offered in the unlikely event of no show on the Osprey workshop in hide,

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Easy Payment Terms Ospreys, Aviemore

Easy Payment Terms – Ospreys Aviemore, July 2017

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