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Fishing Ospreys

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 7th July 2016 in Blogging | Osprey,Scotland,jgwildlifephotography
...in Osprey photography and the patience required to get the shots. After time to download the images, get an afternoon nap and sort some food out for the evening, we were back in the hide again around 4 PM. The light was really nice, but unfortunately despite a few fly pasts no dives, got some shots with the 7D and 500mm lens of Oyster catchers mating and a family of ducks, but a bit frustrating to get no more dives to practice on, but thats the way nature works, the week before they had had an average of 4 to 5 a session.   Wednesday: Up at 3.30 AM again and ready for action at 4.15. Once again a few birds in the air but no dives, and then about 7.30 the...
 

Mad March Hares getting frisky!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 18th March 2016 in Blogging | photography,hares,march
...Spent a nice morning at Oaks farm with about 10 Hares chasing each other and getting amorous! I managed to melt into the background downwind of them with a long lens, and just enjoy watching them in the cold easterly wind. They were really active with lots of males chasing and fighting with a few females, amazing to see how fast they run and change direction....
 

Lovers Tiff!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 21st March 2016 in Blogging |
...Came across this pair of Kingfishers busy digging their burrow on a lakeside near Thetford. Great to observe them going in and out taking in turns to dig, and chase away unwanted attention from another male in the area. Difficult photography conditions as the site is about 50M from the nearest observation point, so need long lens plus extender. Also, the site is a bit in the shade, but great to see them flying around each other with the odd fight along the way. Only way to tell the sexes apart is the female has a reddish bottom to her beak.                     ...
 

Bursting Bubbles!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 12th January 2017 in Blogging | photography,bubbles,highspeed,studio
...Spent some time experimenting with flash in the studio, trying to catch the moment a bubble bursts. I set up my camera on a tripod with a remote flash set at right angles to it, against a dark background. I had a remote shutter release as well to make it easier, but still needed 2 pairs of hands to do the bubbles, then pop and click! I set the manual focus point on the same plane as the flash head, and exposed to be black with no flash, so you use the flash to expose the image which allows you to get these fascinating shots of things too quick to see by eye. After going through 2 bottles of bubble liquid it proved quite a task, but once you get a bubble to dro...
 

Falcon on the roof!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 20th April 2017 in Blogging | peregrine,wymondham
...wildlife photography you don’t have to be hidden away and camouflaged either, just patience required. As time passes, 4 buzzards drift over on a thermal with a lone Sparrowhawk for company, and later another Sparrowhawk with a damaged leg flys by. There is plenty to keep you occupied as you wait, but still I am impatient to see the main act. As you stare into the heavens at the top of the ruined East tower, suddenly there she is, Queen of all she surveys as she lands on the gargoyle and looks out over the meadow, as you realise that all the birds filling the trees around, crows, magpies, pigeons, jackdaws etc. are just one thing to the Peregrine, PREY! A cl...
 

Ospreys in Scotland part 2!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 2nd August 2017 in Blogging |
...th Osprey photography, sometimes you are lucky with 4 or 5 dives a session, and sometimes none, which makes it very difficult to get ‘THE’ shot, but also more rewarding when you do get something good. Having an experienced guide like Jo really comes into its own when you are not having many dives, as she can get you in the correct position to make sure you have a good chance of getting a good shot straight away using her many years experience of Osprey behaviour and photographing them. If you were getting 15 dives a session it would be easy as eventually you would learn how they dive and get a good shot and an experienced guide not so important, but when tim...
 
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