Skomer – Puffins part 2


It’s taken a while but we’ve managed to finally sort through the rest of the puffin shots from Skomer Island! There were quite a few that didn’t make the cut so I hope that you all enjoy the ones that did!

The Puffin Gallery Page can be found here and please do let me know what you think through the comments!

Skomer – Puffins Part 1


Skomer Island was the destination for my first dedicated wildlife trip of the year and what a trip it was! The first weekend in July was almost too perfect, it was hot (in Wales!), the sea was like a mill pond, the puffins were at their best and to top it off, before we left to come home we also watched Andy Murray win Wimbledon!

The trip was arranged a few weeks back with @Bucksnaturetog and @Ryanclarkphotos and I had been really looking forward to it because for various reasons I had not been out shooting as much as I would have liked recently and I felt like I was losing my mojo!

Now that we’re back home there are over 1,000 images to go through so I thought I would get the 1st batch of puffin shots up whilst I work through the rest. There are an awful lot of shots of puffins with sand eels to sort out and it’s proving hard to make the cull!

Until then, you can find the puffin gallery here!

Firecrests at Weston Turville


After yet another fruitless early morning rise looking for hares I decided to go and sit in the bird hide at Weston Turville Reservoir for a couple of hours before going back home to open the gallery.

Whilst in the hide I bumped into Graham Smith from Bucks Bird Club who mentioned that there were firecrests very nearby so off we went and just a few minutes later, this tiny little fella came down and sang his little heart out!

You can find the Firecrest gallery here.

Muscovy Ducks close up!


Muscovy Ducks are normally native to Mexico, Central and South America, so finding them along with the Embden Geese I blogged about last week in Lowndes Park, Chesham would normally be considered unusual!

Along with the Embden Geese, these Muscovy Ducks are also a ‘domestic breed’ and have been introduced into the UK. These ones were very tame as they are used to a lot of people in the park, so tame that they kept getting too close so I decided to embark on a portrait session!

Having a chat with one of the locals I found out that the one youngster that was on the island survived his 10 brothers and sisters who were all eaten by a heron! Could make an interesting project in a few months!

Muscovy Duck gallery page can be found here!

Embden Geese gallery live!


Whilst out for a drive scouting locations recently, I ended up in Lowndes Park, Chesham as I saw the pond was still partly frozen as I drove past. So, I parked up and went into the park for an hour or so hoping to get something a bit different.

It was one of those typical occasions, that when I walked in all the birds had already flown away from the ice! Still, as I had been unsuccessful so far that day I was going to at least get some practise in!

The two Embden geese really caught my eye as they were absolutely huge, so decided to spend some time with them, not to mention that I didn’t have them in the gallery! Well, I’m pleased to say that has now been rectified and you can find the Embden Geese gallery here!

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