Posts Tagged ‘Photography Tuition

25
Jun
19

It’s all black and white

Some great butterflies on the Northamptonshire Tour at the weekend. The Black Hairstreaks, which always remind me of ‘Where’s Wally’ with their stripy legs and antennae, performed wonderfully; there were a lot of them too. Wood Whites were a little more elusive and it took us some time to find them; perhaps symptomatic of their rapidly declining status. Eventually we came across a little glade where they were flying around in the heat of the afternoon.

13
Nov
16

Migrants

Grey Wagtails are not often thought of as migrants … but they are!

grey-wagtail

03
Jul
16

Good numbers

Although Tree Sparrows aren’t rare in Norfolk they take a little finding. It was good to see excellent numbers of young birds as well as adults on our recent tour to Yorkshire.

Tree Sparrow 1 Tree Sparrow 2

15
Jan
16

A volery of Long tailed tits

Some of the most charming Long tailed Tits I’ve seen in a while came down to some feeders when we were in a hide last week. All the feeders were inside a chicken mesh cage which excluded squirrels and larger birds. I counted around 25 in or around the cage at one point.

Long tailed Tit

 

16
Dec
15

Pallid Looks

A walk down to the south end of Snettisham RSPB eventually gave good views of a special recent visitor.

Over the pit, fields and saltmarsh floated a boa donning harrier from the east. Roaming widely we had to wait some time before the orange washed Pallid came close enough to surrender for a meaningful photo.

Pallid Harrier

12
Sep
15

Talk it up!

After one Beluga in Northern Ireland we get a pair off Northumberland in August. Last seen swimming south. TOWARDS US … in Norfolk!

I’ve been doing quite a bit of sea watching of late. It’s easy to let one’s mind drift off sometimes with outlandish thoughts. Very therapeutic this staring at the sea. The thought of seeing a pair of Belugas drift passed like the two I photographed a couple of years ago in the St Lawrence; well, to assign a rating it would definitely fall in the ‘orgasmic’ bracket.

I’m not asking for much am I? Just a little extension of travel, a small deviation of direction and we could get those two in Norfolk. Talk it up. TALK IT UP!

Belugas

26
Jul
15

Ruddy thing

In the garden my first Ruddy Darter of the year. It hung around for about an hour and then moved on.

Ruddy Darter 1

20
Jul
15

Glass Window

As colourful as a stained glass window; this remnant of an introduction just looks like a butterfly should look. It’s such a shame these Marsh Fritillaries never did make a proper viable population.

Marsh Fritillary

29
Jun
15

First Swim

Over the edge. A jump into the unknown. This young Guillemot ‘glided’ down to the sea as we watched it from the boat off Staple Island in the Farne Islands earlier this month. ‘Glided’ is a bit strong really; it was more like ‘plummeted’. Anyways he was on the sea and out of the nest. Being looked after by his parents he had escaped the attentions of the marauding Herring Gulls when we left him.

The place and surrounding area is just utopia for Wildlife Photographers. Next years tour will be advertised very soon.

Guillemot

03
Jun
15

Man Alive!

Monday saw us out about Norfolk on the ‘Photographing Orchids’ day. Without a doubt the overwhelming highlight were several spikes of Man Orchid; more pristine than I have ever seen them before, and incredibly rare in Norfolk.

One of the best sources of information on Norfolk’s Orchids is available as a free pdf download from the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalist’s Society.

Man Orchid




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