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I've always liked photography, and for years used a number of Canon and Minolta film cameras. I sold the lot in 2003 and bought a Nikon Coolpix 4500, but soon decided that a digital SLR was what I really needed.

Since 2004 I've been through five Canon EOS bodies from a 20D to a 5D Mark III, and 20 lenses and extenders from 14mm to 500mm. Thank god for Ebay.

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JUNE 2015


For some strange reason, Chew Valley Lake is the only place where wild Goldeneye have bred in England. First in 2008, and now for a fourth time this year. This is one of the three babbers...

THURSDAY 14th MAY 2015

Energy Tree

A tree of a different kind. There's a new sculpture in Millennium Square which I though would make an interesting pic. The Energy Tree by John Packer is (to an art heathen like me) just a tree made of metal framework and solar panels.

I waited for a clear sky to try for some dusk pics; I took the flash but in the event I didn't need it as they've installed some eerie green spotlighting which I reckon worked pretty well for a blue hour set. Taken with the EF 24-70mm f/4 and the Samyang 14mm f/2.8...


Prior's Wood

A quick late afternoon visit to Prior's Wood for another go at a familiar shot. With the Samyang 14mmm. This is a three frame HDR.


Shaun in the City

Had a meeting in London today. So I snapped a few of these boys on the way to the tube station.

A few more here.

FRIDAY 15th MARCH 2015


I didn't hold out much hope of getting any pics of the eclipse this morning. With a clear sky I would need specialist filters to get any kind of decent image, and if it was cloudy then I wouldn't even see it at all.

What luck then, that there was a layer of high cloud that stifled enough of the sunlight for me to just about get away with using conventional means at 1/8000 and f/16. That said, I did end up doing five raw conversions for each frame, and blended them in Photomatix. Got a bit carried away with the bottom one but I quite liked the effect.

These were all taken from Brandon Hill in Bristol.

FRIDAY 6th to MONDAY 9th MARCH 2015


A little Spanish spring break.

Four of us took a four-day trip to Extremadura to see some of the Iberian stuff. Staying in Trujillo, we had a leisurely potter around some of the well-trodden sites and were able to see all of our target species. Seeing as I'd never been birding in Spain before (apart from a few hours at Bilbao), there were quite a few new species for me too see.

We saw a respectable 110 species, including Spanish Imperial Eagle, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless Starling, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Citril Finch, Alpine Accentor, Great and Little Bustards, Iberian Grey Shrike and so on.

That said, one of the highlights for me wasn't a new bird at all, in fact a species I'd last seen only three months previously with Amur Falcons in Ethiopia. The bullring at Trujillo is home to a famous colony of Lesser Kestrels; they'd not long started to return to their nesting sites after spending the winter in Africa. Fortuitously our two visits were late in the afternoon, when the light was in the perfect direction to photograph the birds at the most active part of the rooftop colony (in fact there is no access to the south and east perimeter of the bullring). It was great to be able to watch them at close range in brilliant light, rather than as distant hazy 'also-rans' on an African trip when there's so much else competing for your attention. It would be good to visit later in the season when they're feeding chicks.

I also managed my best-ever views of Alpine Swifts at the dam of the Embalse de Alange (where they appear to be nesting); needless to say they were buggers to photograph. The shot below is a blend of five raw conversions in Photomatix over a range of about five stops.

I've processed a few pics, but I decided to leave the rest until I get round to finishing the rest of the Ethiopian stuff...


Little Bunting

An afternoon trip to Cardiff for a Little Bunting which has been showing really well from a hide at Forest Farm feeding station. It spent most of the time feeding on seed on the ground where I struggled to get anything other than a few record shots; I wanted to photograph it in the adjacent brushwood and eventually I got a few clear shots as it waited to drop into the field.

At times it was too close even for a full-frame DSLR. It's a shame the weather was so dull as it would have been good to have had some better light to spend some time photographing some of the other birds around the feeders such as Bullfinch, Nuthatch and Grey Wagtail. There's also a good spot for Hawfinch just down the road.

There was a big high tide in the estuary on the way home, so I planned to drop in at New Passage for a few blue hour shots of the Second Severn Crossing. These were all taken with the 70-200mm f/4L...

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