Sunday, 25 June 2017
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
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 !!
Thursday, 22 June 2017
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
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
Cockoo landing sequence
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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
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
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,
Some days just do not seem to go to plan, Having seen a banded yellow dragonfly on Botallack coastal heath yesterday I decided to do a bit of a tour around various heaths today where dragonflies can often be found around remote ponds etc, Did I find any , Did I hell, I put it all down to a chilly westerly wind but it is an ill wind that blows no man good and for my persisting efforts I came home with a consolation prise of no less than 90 Cuckoo portraits, A subject that I had not planned for or ever worked on before so I was an unexpected happy bunny,
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
It has been a challenge trying to achieve good images of the kestrel fledglings this year and even trying to get a head count is proving difficult but I did briefly see four in sight today and could also detect that they were being pushed by perhaps one or more fledglings from behind, The images below were taken at the best time with regards to light and sun direction, Even so the central nest area remains in full shade while the outer rocks most of which I have cropped out over expose by the direct sunlight and camera settings used for the shadowed area, It is still very pleasing to watch the young birds being looked after so well by their hard working mother