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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Black tailed godwit and friends.

 I went for a walk by the river this evening and got the surprise of my life. I was the last thing I expected to see. Black tailed godwits  feeding in the shallows.
 They were some distance away so these are the best shots that I could manage. My camera set up with converters was equal to about 1500mm and hand held I took many shots knowing that the law of averages would give me something worth keeping.
 I took about 150 shots and had 9 of them OK. Couldn't do that in the days of film.
On the far bank well out of range for anything decent was this group of gadwall (I think) with a pair of snipe and a couple of lapwings, all seem to be enjoying each others company. Not bad for a 10 minute stroll.

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.