Today I had a very boring day that ended with an amazing evening! I spent the day waiting for kingfishers at a site in Poole. I had nothing after 5 hours so I went and explored new potential sites. I eventually found an area which I believe to be amazing. Although I have only spent half an hour there and this time was dusk, I saw about 5 kingfishers on a large stretch of river. I am hoping to go back many times in the next few weeks and get better images.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
I have recently found a pair of Kingfishers nesting on a public duckpond near to my home in Dorset. I have seen them fly in and out of what I think is there nesting area and fly up and down the pond past oblivious onlookers feeding the ducks. I have been unable to photograph them yet but It is at the same location as a shot I took last year (below)
However while I have been waiting for them I have been able to photograph a number of other species. A grey heron has been a regular visitor and other types of ducks including mallards with young.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
Tonight, I was experimenting with the hedgehogs, I tried at first to sit still and quiet and wait for them to emerge. They did, however not many were present. I also got covered in red ant stings and thought it was time to go in. However just as I was about to leave one member of the group walked out of the bushes in front of me and I quickly changed to my wide angle and set up my gorilla pod and wireless trigger. I waited until the animal came within the pre focused range of my lens and fired the trigger. I used a very small LED torch to light the image. I need to improve these images, particularly focusing and I will be working on this over the nest few days. Hopefully tomorrow morning I will have luck with the foxes!
An image of a Peregrine Falcon created in Cornwall. I have been observing the pair and chick for a couple of weeks now. Although I am now in Dorset and unable to photograph them, I am hoping that the chick will still be present when I return.
Tonight I am photographing the hedgehogs again. I will hopefully post some images from the shoot when I get in tonight. I also am planning a shoot at 4. 00 am tomorrow to try and shoot the red fox landscape shot that I have been planning.