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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Snowy Red Fox

Woke up to this years first snow on the ground. I haven't taken photo's of the fox's for a while and with the snow I thought it would make a nice change of shots.

On the approach.

I see you.

Snow on your nose.

Close up head shot

Mixed Bag

Just to prove I haven't spent all my time taking photo's of kingfishers and waxwings I thought it would be about time to show a mixture of birds which I have captured over the last few months.

Red legged partridge in some nice light

Great spotted woodpecker

Tufted Duck

Willow Tit

Blue Tit

Coal tit

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


Ok so I took a break from the kingfishers and visited Leek to get my first waxwing pictures.
I have to see these birds just look amazing close up.
They were located on a industrial estate bit we found them quite easily as there were already other togs there.

The waxwings seemed to come down and feed on the berries and then return to digest. Once digested they would fly around chasing each other for a while and then feed again.
Hopefully I will find them closer to home soon as I would love to get further shots of these great looking birds.


Well the last 3 or 4 weekends have been spent sitting in a cold hide (very cold at times) taking more pics of Kingfishers. This time the perches were a lot closer which helped.

I have to say they are great catchers as they caught something prob about 75% of the time.

This seemed to be their fav perch but the back ground of the water can be a pain at times.
The one thing I really had to pay attention to and learn more about was the exposure. The white on the kingfishers neck can easily be blown. Also the light on the background can effect the overall look of the picture.

Another perch located further away from the hide but can also make a nice shot.

During the last visit to the reserve I was treated to something a bit different. The kingfisher dived down and emerged with this dragon fly. It took a bit to swallow but it did go down in one.

I have to say a special thanks to my mate Ken how let me use the 400mm lens and also showed me the location. I am sure there will be very more pics to follow later this year.