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  1. Wet day, worth going out?

    Date 24 Oct 2015
    Oh yes.  I love taking the camera out in the rain because something unexpected often turns up.   Wildlife, like us, tend to hunker down a bit in the rain but there is always something going on.  This heron was wrapped up and doing pretty much nothing but trying to keep…

  2. Butterflies and Moths

    Date 19 Oct 2015
    I’ve been doing a little more sorting and have added a small selection of images as above.  If you enjoy the narrative stuff as an add on to the photos, please check the captions on this set.  And see if you can find the wasp in one of this set.  …

  3. Experiments with iPhone 6S

    Date 18 Oct 2015
    Today started as one of those overcast, slightly damp and still autumn days that we get here in England.  Towards the back end of the morning after I’d run out of excuses, the dog dragged me out for a walk.  I’d decided not to take my normal camera.  As a consequence, as…

  4. Carry on Rutting - week 2

    Date 11 Oct 2015
    I spent another dawn and early morning in Richmond Park yesterday as the weather looked promising.  As last week, we had mist at 7am making way to light clouds and very brief spells.  Again, ok but not perfect.   I was hoping the rut would be properly in swing but…

  5. Ring Necked Parakeet

    Date 11 Oct 2015
    Immigration is a hot political topic in the UK but we often overlook how small the world has also become for fauna and flora.  The last ice age (the Devensian) ended ‘only’ 12,000 years ago and that covered pretty much half of the UK.  This means that many of what we understand to be native species are…

  6. Start of the Red Deer Rut

    Date 03 Oct 2015
    It’s October, the leaves have begun to turn on the trees and Autumn is fast incoming.  For red deer, October means just one thing: the rut.   The last week we have had a high pressure weather system lingering over the UK.  The weather has been mild, blue skies, little wind and morning mists.…

  7. Super Moon - Blood Moon

    Date 28 Sep 2015
    The most unusual thing about last night was that in the UK, well Hampshire anyway, we had the clearest, quietest and moderately warm night that I can remember for a long time.  That meant that we had very good conditions for a rather unusual astronomical event.  Normally, our luck runs along the lines…

  8. The New Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E

    Date 21 Sep 2015
    Notwithstanding just posting about using shorter lenses to get more context into my photos, I have a confession.  I had all this time had a pre-order in for this new lens.   This is the way it was going.  I was slowly coming to the realisation that my existing long lens…

  9. Lots of long lens stuff on here

    Date 15 Sep 2015
    Setting up this web site and looking back at some of the images makes me realise something.  There’s a lot of photos taken with long lenses.   I do like to get wildlife big in the frame so you can really see the subject.  In some respects, the stills photographer…

  10. Lessons from experiments

    Date 12 Sep 2015
    This post is about post an image that I didn’t manage to get.  So far.        We’ve put up a number of nest-boxes in the garden and we usually have a couple of them successfully hosting birds each year.  Often blue tits.  Earlier this summer I decided to see if I could photograph…