Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Grass snake

I set myself up with the cameras to do some flight shots of the common terns. Two pairs have settled 
in but have not been very active. Heron hide seems to be the best place as the terns like to fish right 
in front of it. I noticed a small ripple on the surface of the water. It was some distance away and was
heading straight towards me. It turned out to be a female grass snake and I was able to take some
good shots.

The terns were very cooperative today and spent a lot of time in the air enabling me to spend some
time getting the camera settings right.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Grey Wagtails

After the disappointnent of the kingfisher pics. a couple of weeks ago I studied the camera and decided to ignore the instructions and set it myself. The light was a little better today but no kingfisher. Instead I had to make do with a grey wagtail. These pics. are the result.
 I focused manually on the post that the wagtail was feeding from with and waited for the bird to fly in to shot and then let fly with the frames.
This one there was a bit of luck involved I didn't see the fly until I put the picture onto the computer.
This one was the same. I now realise why the bird hovered. Nice to get a bit of luck now and then. Next time I hope lady luck provides me with a kingfisher.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

My photo
Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.