The Heron

These images were taken on a visit to a nature reserve in Pembrokeshire Wales called Westfield pill.

I was given a tip off from a local man that there had been regular sightings of otters by dog walkers,so i went to check it out but to no avail.On the way back to the car i noticed a Heron stalking the bank and quickly shot these images.Take note one of the images taken i thought was this Heron snatching a frog but on closer inspection realised that this was part of a plastic bag.Discarding plastic causes high numbers of fatalities in all aspects of wildlife.So when i see discarded poo bags from dog walkers it makes my blood boil,we have all got a responsibility to take care of our wildlife.

I used my old camera set up which consisted of a Canon 7d with a Sigma 120-500mm lens.My focal length was set at 450mm due to the distance of the Heron.ISO-1250. Spot metered.

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The Great Grey Owl

The Great Grey Owl can be found in North America as far east as Quebec to the Pacific coast and Alaska.The species in North America has been classified endangered under the Californian endangered species act.In Europe the Great Grey can be seen in Norway,Sweden,Finland,Estonia,also Russia.

This owl feeds on small rodents such as mice and squirrels and has a wingspan up to 60 inches.The Great Grey territory are usually coniferous forests and open glades where it prefers to hunt and nest.They often nest in abandoned hawk and eagle nests or on tree stumps.Breeding pairs in North America successfully fledge 70 to 80% of their young.

I am sure you agree this is a beautiful bird which i had great pleasure in photographing.

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The Canadian Goose (Branta Canadensis)

These images were taken back in the spring at my local wetland reserve using an old Canon 7d accompanied with a 500mm  Sigma telephoto lens,a basic package.

The Canadian goose is a native species to the Artic and temperate regions of North America.These geese are migratory and often reach us here in the U.K.

They are well known to be seen in wetland and park areas and large in numbers,but that does not distract it from being an impressive large bird with plenty of attitude.

There are people who consider them pests with issues such as crop deprivation and noise levels,and in North America Canadian geese are the most commonly hunted waterfowl.

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The Swallow, Hirundo Rustica

This series of images was taken back in June at Martins Haven Pembrokeshire.

The story behind this was that i was totally unprepared heading down to the dock to catch the boat taking us to Skomer island to photograph the puffins when i needed to go to the public toilets,there i will spare you the details when i noticed swallows sat upon the roof of these buildings,but as i entered i noticed in the eves a swallows nest.

As i could not take my camera in there,unless i was going to spend a few hours behind bars i decided to grab a few frames outside and even though i was getting odd looks from the general public it did not deter me from taking a few cheeky photos.I had also noticed that the swallows were grabbing nest material and then swooping down.

It was such a beautiful day and i hope i captured their electric blue and rustic plumage.This was a real treat for me.

Swallows are a fairly common sight around the U.K.during the summer months before they migrate to Africa in the Autumn.

They have a wonderful fluent and graceful action in flight and catch insects on the wing.

Swallows nest between April and August usually having 2-3 broods,4-6 eggs throughout this time.

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The Sparrow, Passer Domesticus

These images were taken sat in a car at a national trust car park waiting for a boat to take us to Skomer island.There must have been at least ten Sparrows bouncing around chirping away.Just observing these birds i soon realised that they were adolescent and the parents were that not far away watching them.For so long we have taken this busy,beautiful little bird for granted,but in recent studies the Sparrow population has declined as much as 71% with substantial losses in rural and urban populations due as usual to loss of habitat and farm pesticides.Cant we learn to live with nature!

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Caen Hill Signets

This series of images were taken at Caen Hill locks on the Kennet and Avon canal between Rowde and Devizes Wiltshire England.It was a beautiful day and i was actually searching for Kingfishers when i came across these endearing signets on the bank.I sat a little distance away and watched them preening themselves before going back out on the water.Photography wise very tricky due to their location and the direct sunlight.My ISO range was as low as 100 and i spot metered to stop over exposure.

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The Robin, Erithacus Rubecula

This charming charismatic songbird is found throughout most of Europe and was voted the UK,s most favorite bird.A gardeners favorite with a beautiful song this bird is frequently seen in gardens and woodland often feeding on insects,spiders and worms,or sometimes if food is scarce soaked bread from your garden.The Robin usually has two broods between April-June.For me this bird comes into its own during the winter months, often walking to work on a cold frosty morning wrapped up the Robin always brings warmth and a smile to my face.

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