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Field Notes

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

Redstart

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

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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

 

Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe Images

I love to capture great images of common species. Images that’ll make you look again at ordinary birds in a new way. The tufted duck in this post is an example. They’re easy to find in many parks where there’s water but often overlooked. This male bird however surely deserves attention. The blue-purple face and those eyes! I waited until the duck was spinning a little, as they do, then shot a sequence of images as his head turned towards the camera. Capturing both eyes in the image gives it impact and the low perspective shows the threatening look of his bullish appearance.

The great crested grebes look absolutely stunning at this time of year but are shy and not keen on coming too close. So I used a floating hide to shoot these birds in early morning light. I love misty mornings – it adds an atmosphere to the scene.

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Grebe in mist

Great Crested Grebe

Grebe in mist

Great Crested Grebe

Close up of grebe

Great Crested Grebe Fishing

Great Crested Grebe Fishing

Courtship and display of grebes

Great Crested Grebe Display in Mist

Close up of Grebe

Close up of Grebe

 

Image of Bee Orchid

Some wild bee-orchids have grown up on an industrial site where the business owner has allowed the lawns to grow. An abundance of flowers bloomed, but I was a tad too late finding them. This one is still pretty good but not in peak condition. Nontheless, a great find. Lets hope they’re allowed to grow again next year.

Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid