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Bird Portraits

Against a distant evenly coloured background, the limited depth of field of a long telephoto lens can create a 'studio' type illusion and show the subject off without any distractions.

Grasshopper Warbler

Sometimes heard but seldom seen! A scarce bird locally - glimpsed if you are lucky? A huge slice of luck saw me perfectly positioned to catch this frame filling portrait in between reels in the fading light one evening in April 2010.

Grasshopper Warbler




Nightingale

A portrait really has to show this particular species singing? There are always plenty of Nightingales singing at Paxton pits but getting one out in the open in full song needs a bit of luck/patience. The wait near Kingfisher hide in April 2010 was duly rewarded, why do they often sing on one leg?

Nightingale




Cirl Bunting

My visits to Devon would be incomplete without early morning Cirls! A low angled shot of this cracking male show the birds colours and feather detail against a sympathetic background. Many shots were needed to finally get this 'pose'.

Cirl Bunting




Great Grey Shrike

A long yomp to the Burrow Hillfort near Hopsesay rewarded me with this 'favourite' of an endearing Shrike. The Shrike is perched 'just so' which wasn't always the case and the diffuse background courtesy of the hillside and sky, complement the plumage shades nicely.

Great grey Shrike




Snow Bunting

Having been accustomed to photographing the tame flock at Salthouse in the past, what a refreshing change to avoid the seeded shingle background!. Very flighty but a long patient wait culminated in a small group feeding on the Marram grass seeds. The dunes provide a nicely toned foil to the bird's plumage

Snow Bunting




Perched Hobby

A chance meeting with this juvenile Hobby in Holkham Pines during the Autumn of 2008 was certainly one of the highlights of that year. The shady conifers in the background dissolved to create an almost black background. A perfect pose plus side lighting to add the obligatory catchlight and picks out the whisps of white plumage. A cover picture for someone/somewhere, this image made the 'top ten' in Birdguides picture of 2008 competition.

Hobby




Tree Pipit singing

A local bird, taken on Black Hill in Shropshire during early April. New arrivals perch on the smaller conifers and sing their hearts out. The use of a distant conifer plantation provides the complimentary background.

Tree Pipit




Ring-billed Gull (adult Summer close up)

A trip to the South Coast during March 2008 included a session with a very obliging adult Ring-billed Gull in Walpole Park, Hampshire. The grassy bank behind the bird dissolved to create the perfect backdrop. The Gull's eye, bill and pristine white plumage combine to produce a shot of simplistic beauty.

Ring billed Gull




Black-necked Grebe

Another local bird which kept everyone happy during Dec and early Jan 2010. I took numerous shots (mostly in poor light). This was one of the few moments the sun came out, the deeper tones of the still water merge with the colder tone of the rippled water. The Grebe has an appealing cock of the head with the orange iris shining out.

Black-necked Grebe




Tree Sparrow

A hollow tree stump chosen as home for a family of Tree Sparrows gave the opportunity for a portrait shot in a natural setting. Taken at Venus Pool, the distant trees act as a background foil. The bird singing adds to the charm, this image has recently been published in 'The Status of Birds in Britain and Ireland'.

Ring billed Gull




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