Luckily as yesterdays weather was atrocious, I normally count January 2nd as my “New Years Day” due to being pretty worse for wear from the previous evening frivolities, so todays glorious sunny day was a great start for my photographic year.
I’d been pretty busy in the months leading up to year end, so had missed a lot of the amazing birds that had turned up during Autumn migration and lingered, so I was determined to make a good start to to 2017.
I headed down to Stow-on-the-Wold, about an hours drive, hoping to see the Blue Rock Thrush that had been there for a week or so. I was on it within 20 minutes of being there and got a few shots, although it was pretty impossible to get a picture of the bird where it was not obviously on a roof top.
However, I was pretty pleased with the record shots I got of a very rare bird for the UK indeed.
Some samples below.
A slight detour on the way home took me to Evesham to catch up with a bird I’ve not seen for a few years, the Waxwing.
Just one solitary bird, but it showed well enough for a few shots, non of which will win any awards, but a cracking bird all the same.
We’ve not had whats known as a Waxwing winter for some time, when birds get pushed South by cold weather in Northern Europe, so I wasn’t going to let a relatively local bird go unseen.
Lets hope for more of the same weather and plenty more fabulous birds for the rest of the year.
I’ve had the below article published in a few local magazines, namely, Connections Magazine (Bidford and Alcester area) and The Local Directory Magazines which cover Wythall, Earlswood, Solihull, Shirley and Alvechurch areas. If you are not in the delivery area for these, then here it is below for everyone to read.
Just got news that my image below of Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire got published in this months issue of Birdwatch magazine.
I’m only just beginning to take my Landscape photography seriously, so pretty pleased about getting this one out there I can tell you.
Actually I’ll be up to Bempton again in a few weeks to photograph Gannets, Puffins and other seabirds, really looking forward to it, hope we get the same weather as last time.
So on the back of selling my 10,000th greeting card, I’ve been given the opportunity to sell my cards in a new location.
Oakes Farm Shop in Balsall Common is a family run business established ironically around the same time as mine around three and a half years ago.
They have a full card spinner of 36 of my designs on sale from today, May 27th 2016, so if you are in that area, why not call by for tea and cake and don’t forget to buy one of cards on the way out.
Thank you to Chris and Leanne for backing their local wildlife photographer and take stock of my cards, which compliment their ethos of supporting locally sourced produce and business.
If you’d like to visit and check out what they have to offer, here’s a link to their website and address details.
Oakes Farm, Balsall Street, Balsall Common, Coventry. CV7 7AQ
I’ve had a bit of an admin day today and have been logging sales of my greeting card range which I sell at my events, talks and at various retail outlets.
It appears I’ve just passed the milestone of 10,000 cards sold which I’m really pleased about as you can imagine.
My cards are available for purchase at various places listed below;
Becketts Farm Shop, Wythall
The Village Florist and Grocer in Alvechurch
The Hungry Horse Equestrian & Pet supplies, Earlswood
Flower Thyme Florist, Kineton
The Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
and as of May 27th Oakes Farm Shop, Balsall Common
Between my talks to Stockport and Macclesfield RSPB groups a few weeks back, I visiting Pennington Flash to see what I could photograph.
I recalled my last visit to this site, which was to see a first record for Britain of a Black-faced Bunting and was horrified to discover 22 years had elapsed, where did that time go!
The site is renowned for it’s population of Willow Tits, which are tricky to find anywhere in the UK these days. From one hide these showed very well, in fact so well they were all too close to focus on. It doesn’t always pay to have a big lens!
I did however have some fun with the resident colony of Grey Herons, who where flying back and forth and occasionally dropping in to collect nesting material.
Below are a selection of the images I got.
Great to have another one of my images published, this time in the April issue of Birdwatch Magazine.
One of my Hooded Vulture images taken in The Gambia was used to help highlight the plight of the worlds vultures, who are severely in crisis.
A big part of the issue is the use of pain killing drugs used on cattle, which still carry the chemicals in their bodies when they die. The vultures subsequently get poisoned having fed on the carcass.
You’ll have seen the many Vulture pictures I’ve taken during my visits to the Spanish Pyrenees leading tours, but the ‘Hoodies’ being the most numerous of the species we see in The Gambia, get a little over looked.
Here’s a selection of my favourites, but if you want to see them for yourself, there is still room on my next Gambia tour.