Friday, 25 July 2014

After the storms

 After the storms this afternoon I took my usual trip to the reserve. I had been trying to get a decent picture of one of the pair of common sandpipers that have been hanging around. This one was very obliging.
 A couple of odd photo opportunities arose. Whats this? A swan who thinks he's a heron or a heron who thinks he's a swan.
This heron stood like this for several minutes. Does anybody know what he is up to?
 This kingfisher was defending his fishing post and barked abuse at a passing grey wagtail.
He even had a go at a tern on the goal post but not so brave this time and quickly left.


  1. Another nice series Mike.

    The African Black Heron has a hunting method called 'canopy feeding' and uses the shade created by the wings to attract fish BUT this individual might just be trying to cool down in the breeze!

    1. It had to be something like that Frank.

  2. Hello Mike! :) Another great set of images. Your pictures tell a story, and you have some interesting situations here. I still think the Kingfisher is very brave to show a bit of attitude to the Tern, however short lived. The Heron must be cooling off, but it's such an unusual shot, and your luck was in with the Sandpiper posing nicely for you.

    1. Many, many years ago I was taught that a photo was a capture of a moment of time and it had to tell a story. This is what I try to incorporate into my pictures.
      Thank you Breathtaking for all your comments.


Mike Attwood - Photographer

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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.