Saturday, 1 May 2010

a month on.

Sorry for the lack of postings, I still have no internet and work is very busy at the moment.
But good news, the Wild Wonders of Europe book has been released and you can get it for £25 through Peter Cairns

Spring is upon us so I have been down at my favorite gravel pits trying to get some displaying grebe images but it isn't going very well so have some coots instead.

Thursday, 1 April 2010


The first time in almost two weeks that there has been sun and a low tide. But of course the tide was very low making it very hard to find any birds. All I could get close to was turnstone but I shot a whole role of 120 film which I am very excited about getting developed as the light was perfect.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Black & White Kites

I have been with out internet for a few days so I have had time to hunt the hard drive for something to edit. I found these red kite images which where all over exposed so converted to b&w and I really like the effect.
I have 2 weeks off, which will hopefully involve taking lots of images so stay tuned....

Monday, 8 March 2010

pagham sunset

It was a perfect sunset at Pagham last night, not a cloud obstructing the sun. Was pretty amazing to watch and it was also rather cold. A few knot put on a show but the image I have in my head involves thousands, hopefully I will make a visit to Snettisham later this year.

Saturday, 6 March 2010


I went down to Pagham Harbour this evening, it started off very bad as I had taken no images and was heading back when I saw some knot circling in the distance. A few more arrived before they were flying around me as the sun set. Amazing experience, hopefully I will have another go tomorrow.


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I have tried to capture a series that tells a story, as well as trying to be completely different. I have ignored the rule of thirds on a few as well as trying to capture the birds in flight. I have a lot of oof images, so much so that I am considering an upgrade as my 40D really struggles with anything that moves fast.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Lambourn Hills

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Sorry for the lack of images, I have been very busy recently.

Here is an image taken this weekend on a farm in the Lambourn Hills that I am being allowed to photograph on. It has a healthy population of Barn Owls, so the plan is to capture some images of them hunting. Hopefully expect some more images.

Friday, 19 February 2010


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Managed these this evening in Chichester, they were circling around for about an hour. Quite a few sprawks and peregrines having a go at catching them. I want to try and get a bird of prey in the shot as well but it may take some work...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


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So I take a week off and it just rains. But this morning it was forecasted to be sunny so I was up well before dawn and went to my local beach, Climping. The tide was very low, as you can see in the above image so there was a bit of a trek before I found some birds.
When I eventually found some I was greeted with an amazing sunrise, I decided to shoot into the sun to try and show it off. A sanderling posed nicely in front of the light reflecting off the sea.

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Sunday, 31 January 2010

buzzard behavior.

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I was finally able to use my new hide today, it involved an early start and a drive over to High Wycombe to use Marick Szczepanek feeding site for kites and buzzards.
I had only been in the hide 5 minutes before a Red Kite made a swoop on the food I had put out. But I was set up shooting through the tripod leg hole to get a low angle which made getting birds in flight impossible. I had to wait until the kites left before I could move so I have a nice selection of blurred photos to add to the collection.

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Once all the good light had gone a Buzzard dropped in and started feeding, it was only on the floor for a few seconds before it started to get attacked by Kites, above is an image showing the behavior. A few seconds later it flew off and so did the kites...

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Sunday, 17 January 2010


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Everywhere is flooded at the moment so I had to go somewhere different this morning. I am glad I did as when I was walking across some flooded fields I walked into this guy. I managed a few images tryng to get as low as possible before leaving him in piece. Having live view helped a lot and meant my jeans where only a little bit wet!

I have just bought a hide, so I plan on experimenting using it over the next few weeks. It will be the first time I have used one so it may take a while to get use to it.

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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

more snow.

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Light was really poor so many blurred shots but I got a few I was happy with. The falling snow really helped in the crow images as with out it the impact would be lost, over the next few days I am going to try and get out as much as possible.

It looks like it is going to be sunny tomorrow morning so expect more...

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Tuesday, 5 January 2010


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With a lot of snow forcasted for tonight I had a look through the photos I took last time it snowed. This has to be my favorite mainly because it was probably the closest the Kites got to me.

I plan on sneaking a few images in, before trying to get to work tomorrow morning...

Monday, 4 January 2010


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Every year it seems Chichester Harbour is invaded with Brent Geese, I am not complaining as they can give some great photo opportunities. I still haven't got the image I am after but it seems being at the right place at the right time can prove important.

Some of my images are being used on the Chichester Harbour Conservancy website which I am really pleased about, a big thanks to Ed Rowsell who made it possible.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010


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I took a break from blogging mainly due to taking some time off work and not wanting to write anything. But I carried on taking pictures as I find that a lot easier. So I have a backlog of images to share, to start here are two from this morning.

I have lots planned for 2010 so stay tuned and happy new year!

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