Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cuckoo portraits

Over the last few days I have been watching a pair of Cuckoo in our area and learned to predict a few of their habits and favoured perch points,  The images below have all been taken using remote shutter firing to enable close-up Portraits without disturbing the birds or changing their behaviour,  It can be a frustrating way to work especially when a bird perches just inches out of your predicted frame area and you are a hundred yards from your camera but when it all comes together sometimes after many hours input it can produce some very pleasing images!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Orange browed Starlings

When I arrived home from a photo trip Pm yesterday my wife Heather hurriedly informed me that we had a new species of orange browed Starling fledglings feeding around our patio area before my return and she thought that they would probably be back,  I set up my camera in the lounge as it was now raining again outside so any shots achieved would be taken through wet glass but it was worth trying,  Sure enough the flock of orange browed fledglings returned guided by a parent bird to feed around our feeders creating the opportunity for a few ID portrait images,  It all seemed very interesting,  I had heard and seen Rose coloured starlings before But Orange Browed !!

Around ten minutes later all was to be revealed when first the adult and then all of the fledglings flew up onto a newly opened Cordyline flower head which had formed for the first time in our garden in eight years,  All immediately pushed their heads into the new flowers while brushing their wet heads over the prominent orange flower stamens,   Mystery solved !!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cornish Kestrels part 32

Our Kestrel chicks are now nearly fully developed and most of their downy plumage has been plucked,  Two of the four are now exercising their wings on a regular basis but space in the nest site is quite restricted as can be seen in the images below, we expect at least two to venture out on their maiden flights in the next couple of days   Happy landings!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

More pond Life

Having enjoyed my recent visit to local ponds and with the warm summer weather continuing I decided to revisit the same sites again today as in my previous blog, Dragonflies of varying species were even more abundant than my previous visit and after working with them for several hours I sat back in the shade of the willow trees quietly waiting for another possible Cuckoo sighting, I was in luck and have finished this blog with a sequence of its arrival,

Cockoo landing sequence

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Cornish pond life

The continuing summer sunshine is providing perfect weather for pond life around the area, Dragonflies top the list with many species making a good show yesterday, newts, tadpoles and frogs were in abundance and as my wife and I watched as the action progress for several peaceful hours we saw a cuckoo make a graceful swoop over a pond to skilfully take out a female Emperor dragonfly as it was laying its last egg,   To top the show a cycling continental musician appeared from nowhere,  Sat on the bank, played his guitar and sang us a few of his favourite songs,  A very nice way to end the day !

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summer weekend

It has been a super hot weekend here in Cornwall,  Ours was a busy one with Heathers end of college year exhibition opening on Friday evening and lots of visits with family and friends visiting us over the weekend,  But I still managed some very early sunrise images from St Michel's Mount harbour and sunset images around the Botallack coastline and topped them off with two night time star trail composits at the same location,

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Cornish Kestrel part 31

Our Cornish kestrel are keeping up their good work supplying their chicks with plenty of prey to sustain their growth rate,  I found that better exposure results could be obtained due to the weather being partially overcast which reducing harsh sunlight,  Playing around with over exposure compensation helped with the lack of contrast within the shadowed nest area,