Wednesday, 21 August 2013

RSPB Burton Marsh

A pleasant few hours this afternoon at RSPB Burton Marsh, not the best conditions for photography as the sun when it was out seemed to be directly in front of every shot I wanted. But there was plenty about and the highlight was watching a female Marsh Harrier hunting across the Reed beds. A few snaps from the visit









Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Birdfair 2013

Birdfair was celebrating its 25th year this year, this was to be our first visit, and what a great weekend it was. I have wanted to get down to Rutland for many years but never managed it, so this year we travelled down for the Saturday and Sunday. It really is a massive event and even after two days there was lots that we didnt get to see.
Sharon was in her element in the Art Marquee, and has come back all inspired after seeing Darren Woodhead, he is the artist who appeared on Springwatch, and who was selling watercolours unmounted and unframed for up to £1000, we bought a postcard!! I really enjoyed looking at the many Wildlife photographers selling their wares and have come back with lots of different ideas.
Highlights of the weekend, listening to and meeting the inspirational Simon King, Sharon insisted on going to listen to Nick Baker, mind I guess she wasn't listening too much just looking, cant think why, think Bill Oddie is far better looking!!
It was great to see the enigmatic Jonny Kingdom, and again meeting him, and listening to the man who has done more for the revival of the Osprey, Roy Dennis.
But by far the highlight of the weekend, bumping into the 'Wildes' and the amazing Findlay Wilde !!

Simon King



one for Sharon..... cant see what she sees in him !!

Nick Baker


Jonny Kingdom


A little Treecreeper, freshly ringing and ready for release, after a ringing demo by the BTO


Mr Osprey.... Roy inspiration


Thursday, 15 August 2013


Its been a long time coming since having the original idea of doing a joint website, but the Wildlife artist and wildlife photographer have finally got it sorted and we now have our own joint website called
'Portraits of Nature'
The long term aim is to use the site to market and sell our work, but for the time being it is displaying Sharons amazing art work, and many of my favourite wildlife images.
When you have a moment take a look and see what you think, any feedabck is very much appreciated, and of course please share it far and wide with your friends. Just click on the link below.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


To continue on catching up from the last few months of non-blogging, if there are birds that I really enjoy photographing then it has to be Birds of Prey, and I really must make a more concerted effort to get out and photograph them some more. I have an ongoing wish list, near the top are Barn Owls and Short Eared owls, just need to locate some!!
For now are a few shots from the last few months...

First up is a beautiful Kestrel, this taken at RSPB Burton Mere


Next up is of a male Sparrowhawk taken from the kitchen window, this bird actively hunts in the garden


One of my favourites, and a bird I really want to get out and photograph a lot more, Barn Owl, this is a captive bird.


and lastly, one of the conservation successes of previous years, the Common Buzzard


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Back to Blogging!!!

At long last I think it's time to get back to blogging.... my apologies for the extended break, and as Sharon and I are in the process of setting up a joint website,  this has prompted me to get back to updating my blog and getting back in touch with all the great people who share their blogs.

My camera has been quite busy over the summer, and one of the highlights was a trip to Skomer Island, situated off the south west tip of Wales, it is a great place to visit to see Puffins especially. But we were surprised and pleased to also see Short eared Owls, although out of camera range.
We did return a few weeks later but unfortunately the weather conspired against us and the boats did not go out to the Island the two days we were down there.
Anyway amongst the many photo that I took, this selection were some of my favourites, I just love the Puffins against the dark cliffs of The Wick.