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Field Notes

Rathlin Islands eider duck and black guillemot

Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland is well known as a wonderful place for seabirds. So, earlier this spring, I jumped at the chance to go and photograph the eider ducks. It is a beautiful seaduck. A contrast of black and white, complemented by a flush of pink and pale green – a wonderful sight close-up.

Most of our time was taken up photographing their courtship display. It was a little frustrating that we couldn’t get right down to waterlevel, my preferred shooting perspective, nonetheless it was worthwhile I’m always happy if I secure at least one good image. This time it has to be the running eider duck.

The black guillemots wer quite confiding, but again it wasn’t possible to shoot from a very low point of view. On the positive side, we were able to photograph them calling and showing that blood-red mouth.

During courtship, males and females gather in to quieter waters and several pairs will congregate to show-off, squabble and display. This male bird was startled by the sudden appearance of a grey seal and fled by running across the water to a safe distance.

During courtship, males and females gather in to quieter waters and several pairs will congregate to show-off, squabble and display. This male bird was startled by the sudden appearance of a grey seal and fled by running across the water to a safe distance.

Male displaying and puffing up its chest.

Male displaying and puffing up its chest.

Displaying male duck

Displaying male duck

black guillemot

Guillemot wing-flapping

Black Guillemot calling

Black Guillemot calling.

Starlings at Albert Bridge, Belfast

There’s a rather nice murmuration of starlings each night as they go to roost under Albert Bridge in Belfast. This is a relatively small flock but is nonetheless an impressive sight as they dive under the bridge just as dusk falls. I’ve watched it several times but have not witnessed them being attacked by any predators, which would result in those awesome formations that occur when they swarm together to escape their attacker. Still it is a wonderful spectacle and well worth the time to view and photograph.

Starlings going to roost under Albert Bridge in Belfast

Sunset image as the birds head for their roost. There’s a rush of birds that fall out of the sky very quickly. I’ve tried to capture an image that conveys something of the event in its city context.

Albert Bridge Starlings

Moody black and white image of starlings coming to roost at Albert Bridge in Belfast

 

Giant’s Causeway

I made a brief trip up to the Giant’s Causeway last weekend, more of a reconnoiter than a proper photography trip, but I threw my camera bag in the car anyway and made a few images in the time available. It’s whetted my appetite to return!

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A beautiful display of wildlflowers in Victoria Park, Belfast

As I was driving through Belfast recently I nearly crashed as I noticed a stunning display of wildflowers in Victoria Park just next to the busy dual carriageway. It looked so out-of-place in an urban context and I just had to fetch my camera and create a few images…

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Beautiful upland heather and red grouse

Just a quick post of some grouse and heather moorland images taken last week. I’ve only had one opportunity to visit the North Yorkshire Moors this year, which is a pity because it is a good year for flowering heather and the uplands are truly splendid. These are all roadside shots taken using my car as a hide.

 

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Red grouse calling

Redstart & osprey pics

Just a couple more images processed from a recent trip up to Scotland

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Osprey

Osprey photography in Aviemore

I recently had a few sessions in a purpose-built hide in Aviemore. Many thanks to our Gordon our host. The Ospreys visit regularly and the photo opportunities really are outstanding. The wind wasn’t quite favour my visit and the birds tended to have their backs to us as they exited the water. Nonetheless there was still a few good moments for me and several other photographers to share. When the conditions are right this site is great for reflections.

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Osprey exiting the water with a trout

Osprey

Osprey with trout

Osprey

Flying with trout

As a bonus this little male redstart kept us busy while waiting for ospreys.

Redstart

Redstart

Redstart

More Grebe Images from a floating hide, but a failed nest.

Sadly, the pair of grebes I’ve been working on lately failed to nest. They selected a nest site and built a nice platform to nest in, I assume eggs were laid but one morning they seemed unsettled and weren’t incubating. Eventually they both left the nest site and began fishing on an adjacent pool. I could see into the nest from about 20 meters away. No eggs! Perhaps they’d been predated overnight. Nonetheless they continued to fish in the pool I was watching and working with a floating hide.  A a bonus this reed bunting sang nicely from the edge of the reed bed.
Reed Bunting

Male singing in reeds

Great Crested Grebe
Adult male bird preparing to fish
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Bathed in early morning sunshine

Great Crested Grebe

Take off

Great Crested Grebe

Display

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

'Untidy' female on a still misty morning

Great Crested Grebe

Getting ready to fish