BIG 30

  • June 1, 2015 9:28 pm

The end of May marks the end of my Big 30 project, a rather ambitious undertaking designed to help me get out and do as much photography as possible. 30 varied, unusual, or amazing wildlife photos in a year – 30 photos for my 30th year. The project had its ups and downs, but has re-ignited my enthusiasm for my photography, and has shown me that you don’t need to travel far to see great wildlife and to make the most of every opportunity. It’s led me to some amazing wildlife encounters, like watching a Short Eared Owl hunting, and photographing that perfect jewel of a bird, the Kingfisher. Wonderful experiences with nature that I’ll never forget.

On the last day of my project – my birthday – I headed over to the fen at sunrise as normal. Suddenly the reserve is full of flowers, brilliant yellow flag iris amongst the sedges, pale pink Ragged Robin along the dyke edges and much more.

Ragged Robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi, amoungst reeds, Norfolk, Fen, May

The birds are still quite quiet, concentrating on nesting and raising their young. The Cuckoos are still very busy, but elude my camera this morning. This male Reed Bunting pauses in the reeds as I go past.

Reed bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus, Male perched in reeds, Norfolk, Fen, May

Further along there’s a lovely Linnet singing away and I slowly approach to try and get a photo. They are such pretty birds, normally found around the gorse bushes, they seem to do very well here.

Linnet, Carduelis cannabina, perched on twig, fen, Norfolk, May

I watch as a Buzzard flies over, an increasingly familiar sight these days. The final thing to catch my eye is the Cow Parsley. I love this time of year, when great frothy clouds of this dainty flower fill the verges.

Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, close up of flower head, Norfolk, May

You can view a slideshow of the results of my project by clicking here: BIG 30

 

As one project finishes, another starts. June is the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild challenge, and I am taking part, but more on that later….

 

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The King of the River

  • June 15, 2014 1:53 pm

The Norfolk Broads, a watery wonderland that has to be one of my favourite places. At dawn and dusk it’s a magical wild world, that huge Norfolk sky reflected in the mirror still surface of the river, giving you the impression of being held suspended in an infinite space, immersed in the bluest sky, surrounded with glowing clouds.

So still and peaceful on the surface, but busy with the flow of life. It’s a place so rich in wildlife, around every corner there is something new to watch. A Marsh Harrier drifts across on steady wings, a White Owl hunts the meadow beyond, a splash comes from a jumping fish chased by the sleek Otter, a perfect, delicate Swallowtail Butterfly flutters from thistle to thistle at the waters edge. Piercing through this all, the piping whistle of the King of the River, often seen only in a flash of extravagant blue, so difficult to spot when perched still, waiting for the next little fish to swim by, but here he is sitting in front of me, calming bobbing his head, as I breathlessly squeeze the shutter. The Kingfisher.

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, perched on mossy branch, Norfolk Broads, June

 

 

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A is for Avocet

  • June 4, 2014 6:39 pm

Had a wonderful weekend away in North Norfolk, great weather, great company, and a bit of photography too of course. To start my ‘Big 30’ project I concentrated on photographing the Avocets at RSPB Titchwell. I must admit do seem to have a lot of favourite birds, but the Avocet is definitely up there with my top choices. Such a delicate and elegant creature in perfectly patterned monochrome. With the light overcast but bright and the water still, I saw an opportunity to create a ‘high-key’ image, a photographic technique that creates a simple graphic portrait, which I hope does justice to this beautiful bird.

Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, ruffling feathers, Norfolk, May

 

 

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A Big Year

  • May 30, 2014 4:56 pm

This year is a big year for me. Not in the same sense as a bird watchers ‘Big Year’, where they try to see as many different species as possible, but because today I turned 30. So in a fit of ambitiousness I decided to set myself the challenge of photographing 30 different wildlife events and species. By this time next year, I hope to bring you a portfolio of 30 amazing images of British nature. I’ve a few things in mind, Kingfishers for example, but I’m open to suggestions!

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Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, male perched on riverbank, Suffolk, May

 

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