Paul Green Bird Photography: Blog https://www.paul-green.org/blog en-us (C) Paul Green Bird Photography|www.paul-green.org [email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:57:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:57:00 GMT https://www.paul-green.org/img/s/v-12/u993504297-o575062013-50.jpg Paul Green Bird Photography: Blog https://www.paul-green.org/blog 120 71 Sedge warbler https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2016/5/sedge-warbler Today I decided to head down towards the Somerset levels, to try and photograph some warblers, I knew an area that contained Sedge warbler, Reed warbler, and Whitethroat, they usually show quite well.

I really wanted to be able to photograph the Sedge warbler, due to not having photographed them for quite sometime, upon arrival I heard Sedge warbler, Reed warbler and the odd Whitethroat, I could see a Sedge warbler on a bramble stem, so that would be my target for today.

Early on it was cloudy, but the sun soon broke through and it was clear blue sky`s again with plenty of sunshine and good light, I approached the Sedge warbler to try and fil the frame, but he would move off to another tree, and drop back down onto the bramble after hunting some insects mid air, eventually my patience paid off with me keeping a low profile, and I was able to capture this image posted below, another great day spent in a lovely, and peaceful area on the Somerset levels.

 

Sedge warblerSedge warblerLatin name Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

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Cettis warbler https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2016/5/cettis-warbler Summer is here, so its time to get back to blogging my photography trips, after work I often visit my local area (countryside) which is a short 10 minute walk from my home to see what birds are in my locality, and early last week I heard two bird song`s, and those were the Cetti`s warbler, and the Grass hopper warbler, I did manage to see the Cetti`s warbler on a few occasions, the Grass hopper warbler sang its song but stayed well hidden, I did manage a grab flight shot of the Cetti`s warbler that week, but was unable to photograph the bird perched. Now even more determined and with plenty of spare time available this week, I opted to go look for the Cetti`s warbler early on Sunday morning, the sky`s were clear blue and the temperatures had soared to mid 70s, so very pleasant indeed, it only took me a few minutes to locate the bird due to its loud song, and I spent the next few hours willing the Cetti`s warbler to land near me on an old farm fence post, the bird did oblige, the shutter sounded on my Canon 7D, a quick look at the LCD screen and all was looking good, I had finally managed to capture a shot of a cetti`s warbler perched, and out in the open, a very difficult bird to photograph out in the open, what a fantastic end to the day, image below. 

 

Cetti`s warblerCetti`s warblerLatin name cettia cetti

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian birds blog cettis cettis warbler nature paulgreenbirdphotography warble warbler wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2016/5/cettis-warbler Mon, 09 May 2016 12:54:22 GMT
Whinchat https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2015/7/whinchat I decided to make my annual trip down to Dartmoor in mid June,a good time to be able to photograph the Whinchat,I had sometime off midweek and the weather forecast was looking really good,a quick text to a good friend Ian White who I usually make the trip with,but unfortunately Ian had work commitments,so this time I would be making the trip down to Dartmoor alone.

My alarm was set for 03:30 am so a nice early start was in hand,my photography gear was already sorted the night before,and I soon found myself heading off down the motorway,after a nice and steady drive down, I found myself pulling  into the car park at around 6am. I sat there for a few minutes watching and listening to the birds,the Stonechat ,Meadow pipit,and Skylark,just wonderful.I did hear the Whinchat singing whilst I was walking down the track heading to the more open lower area,but I would check the lower area first,I soon located a few male Whinchats in the bracken areas,but these birds were proving very difficult to approach,I approached them gradually and slowly and would get to within 15-20 meters,and the birds would fly off,I spent another few hours with minimal success,so I decided to head back up the track and locate the birds from earlier,I found a pair of Whinchat and set about photographing them,these birds were sightly more approachable as long as I stayed low to the ground and approached them very slowly,I spent the rest of the day recording some shot`s in a beautiful and peaceful location,there is nothing quite like being in and around wildlife in a wonderful location,great stuff,time passes by very quickly and I was soon heading back to the car around 6pm with a few keeper images on the CF card. Images below.

WhinchatWhinchatLatin name Saxicola rubetra WhinchatWhinchatLatin name saxicola rubetra http://www.paul-green.org/whinchat

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Stonechat, Whinchat & Wheatear https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/6/whinchat I made an annual trip down to Dartmoor on Monday 16 June 2014, the weather forecast was for sunshine and cloud and no chance of rain, the guys I normally travel down with Ian and Rich had already made the trip a few days earlier,Ian had text me and said that the Whinchat were a little skittish, and were generally not showing that well unlike they had last year,but I decided to make the trip anyway,  just being on the moors in the beautiful surroundings, in the warm summer months, and the feeling of solitude is reward enough for me, and there are plenty of other birds like Stonechat,Meadow pipit, Skylark,Wheatear,and Cuckoo to photograph, I soon found myself heading down the track with a feeling of excitement,the first birds I came across at the bottom of the track were the Juvenile Wheatear, so I decided to spend some time watching and trying to photograph them,and after a while I captured some images of the juvenile birds,time really goes by fast,so it was time to try and locate the Whinchat, after around thirty minutes or so, I located the Whinchat, the female preferred to stay mostly hidden,but the male was more obliging sitting on various perches, I settled down quickly and watched where his favorite perches to land  and sing from, one being a flowering tree, but I really wanted to capture him at eye level ,and after sometime I was able to capture the images that I was after,so I decided to head back to the car for some food and drinks, and take a closer look at the images on the rear LCD screen, after lunch I was fully recharged ,and decided to head back down the track and try and locate the Stonechat, I spotted one in the same area as the Juvenile Wheatear,at the bottom of the track,this male bird was looking beautiful in the sunlight,and with care I was able to approach him and capture some images,so all in all a great day spent on the moors, but next year I will stay a night or two in a B&B , to allow more time to spend at this wonderful location.

Below you will see an image of the Stonechat, Whinchat & Wheatear.

Stonechat maleStonechat maleLatin name Saxicola torquata

Stonechat male

Latin name Saxicola rubetra

Whinchat male

Wheatear juvenileWheatear juvenileLatin name Oenanthe oenanthe

Wheatear juvenile

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) Stonechat Whinchat aves avian birds blog nature wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/6/whinchat Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:08:11 GMT
Dipper https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/4/dipper A spur of the moment decision due to the good weather forecast and I found myself loading up the boot with the camera gear and heading out to photograph the Dipper, after a short journey I parked the car and eagerly grabbed my gear from the boot and headed out to the near by river, and within 5 minutes of arrival the female Dipper showed with a beak full of bugs to feed those hungry little chicks, what a great start to the day, and knowing through experience that the best lighting conditions would be early afternoon my confidence was high, the female was making many trips up and down the river over the course of the day and I was able to capture some lovely images, I have posted two image`s below and if you would like to see more then please head over to the main Dipper gallery.

 

DipperDipperLatin name Cinclus cinclus

 

DipperDipperLatin name Cinclus cinclus

 

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Dartford warbler https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/4/dartford-warbler I travelled down to Dorchester a two hour plus journey from my home,and after spending a few hrs at Arne RSPB and only getting brief views of the Dartford warbler, I decided it was time to make a move and head to over to  Hartland heath, I parked my car popped upon the boot and straight away I heard two Dartford warbler`s singing, all be it hidden and low down in the Gorse,but non the less a great sign, I did spend sometime trying to capture some images but the bird`s seemed happiest staying hidden away in the Gorse, I  grabbed my gear and headed over to the other side of the heath,where I had also heard some bird`s singing,probably due to the bright sunny and windless weather conditions the high`s would be around 17 degrees very pleasant for April. and it was an absolute pleasure just being there in total peace and quiet,the birds did start to show well and after a while I was able to capture some images of this lovely little warbler my time spent there seemed to go by in a blur and I was soon packing away the gear and heading back to Clevedon North Somerset wishing I had a few more days available to spend on the Heath a truly wonderful place to spend time at.

 

Dartford warblerDartford warblerLatin name Sylvia undata

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Greenfinch https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/4/greenfinch It was back again  to my local area again this week, in pursuit of a bird that has eluded me for quite sometime the Greenfinch, I knew they were in the area after not only after seeing them, but also after hearing them with their twittering and wheezing song it is unmistakable once you have heard it a few times. and it is all part of learning good field craft and knowing your subject, they are currently listed as (Green Status) on the RSPB site, so not exactly a rare bird, but one that I had not been able to capture some good image`s of before,  so I am very pleased to be able to post these images below.

 

GreenfinchGreenfinchLatin name Carduelis chloris

GreenfinchGreenfinchLatin name Carduelis chloris

 

 

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Redpoll https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/3/redpoll It was back to my local area in an attempt to photograph the Redpoll,a bird I had seen at distance many times but I had not been able to get close enough to record a nicely detailed image,I only had a few hours of good light left late afternoon. but the birds were in the area so I settled down quickly with my gear and it all came together shortly after my arrival and I was able to capture these images posted below.

 

RedpollRedpollLatin name Carduelis flammea RedpollRedpollLatin name Carduelis flammea

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Siskin https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2014/3/siskin After all the heavy rain recently in the UK it was nice to plan a trip out with two fellow photographers Ian White and Richard Johnson,and the area of choice was to be Rhayader  in mid Wales, we visit this area normally around May when the migrant Redstart and Pied Flycatcher arrive,but today we set our sight`s on the Siskin a small and beautifully marked bird and we hoped to be able to capture images of both the male and female of the species, the weather forecast was for plenty of sunshine and a slight breeze which proved to be the case, the Countryside around mid Wales is definitely an area of outstanding natural  beauty and an absolute  joy to visit,we had arrived around 08:30am and after a quick Coffee set up our gear for the day and after what can only be described as a very enjoyable day we had all managed to capture images that we were pleased with and we are already looking forward to our next field trip back to mid Wales around May,images below and a link to the main Siskin gallery.

 

Siskin maleSiskin maleLatin name Carduelis spinus

Siskin male

Siskin femaleSiskin femaleLatin name Carduelis spinus

Siskin female

Siskin femaleSiskin femaleLatin name Carduelis spinus

Siskin female

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Great spotted woodpecker male https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/10/great-spotted-woodpecker-male I have been photographing a family of great spotted woodpeckers throughout this year,with images captured of both the adult female and the juvenile bird`s, but the male bird was proving to be a bit more tricky,that is the challenge of bird photography and something I really enjoy nothing guaranteed so to speak,the weather forecast was for one of those beautiful clear and dry days with plenty of sunshine which really shows off the wonderful autumn colors well,a great time of the year in my opinion,so I set off bright and early to my local area feeling very confident of finally capturing an image I was happy with of the male great spotted woodpecker,and after all the time and effort I had put in for me personally it was well worth it,for reference the male bird has a bright red band of color on the back of its head,and the female do`s not,the juvenile bird has a bright red patch of color on top of it`s head for anyone who would like to be able to tell them apart in the field,image below.

Great spotted woodpecker maleGreat spotted woodpecker maleLatin name Dendrocopos major

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog great spotted woodpecker nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/10/great-spotted-woodpecker-male Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:50:53 GMT
Whinchat https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/6/whinchat I planned a trip down to Dartmoor and even though the weather forecast was not looking so good I still decided to make the trip anyway, and I am so glad I did my main target was to be the Whinchat a bird that I have not had the opportunity to photograph before and upon arrival I eagerly grabbed my gear out of the car and headed off down the track,  I located a couple of Whinchat sometime later and I then decided to set up my pop up hide nearby and I would then use this shelter as a temporary base between the rain shower`s mainly to keep the camera gear dry I was wearing my waterproof clothing so no real concerns there for me ,so shelter up birds located now it was time to get my first shots of this stunning little bird and a little while later I had some shot`s stored on my Compact flash card a quick look on the rear view LCD screen and all was looking good so a great start to the day, I did spend quite a few hours more trying to make sure I had some keeper shot`s which would make my trip down to Dartmoor all the more worth while and for me personaly it was definately worth all the effort......I have also posted a link below which will take you to the main Whinchat gallery for anyone interested,and thanks for your visit.

 

WhinchatWhinchatLatin name saxicola rubetra

Whinchat male

Whinchat male

Whinchat male

Whinchat female

Whinchat female

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography whinchat wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/6/whinchat Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:00:47 GMT
Spotted flycatcher https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/6/pied-flycatcher I had arranged to meet up with Ian white for a few hours after work on Saturday afternoon at around 2pm the weather forecast was for sunshine and showers you know the typical summer weather we have here in the UK and after a quick chat with Ian who filled me in with the bird movements before my arrival the spotted flycatchers began to show quite well and I was fortunate enough to grab a few action shots early on and due to the fact that we were shooting in a light wooded area with lots of shadows I had to use a higher ISO speed than I would normally use to try and freeze the action and then reduce the ISO if the bird perched which was exactly what happened a few hours later and I was able to capture these images posted below so a big thanks to Ian and I hope to be able to return the favor at sometime or other cheers mate I will also post a link below these shots if you would like to see more flycatcher images in the main galleries,and many thank`s for visiting my blog.

 

Spotted flycatcher

 

Spotted flycatcher

 

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Redstart & Pied flycatcher https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/6/gilfach-wales Even though the weather was not the best with strong winds and little sunshine I still had a great day out with Ian white and Rich Johnson on our annual trip to Gilfach,Rod Holbrook also made a guest appearance early am and filled us in with bird movements,I have posted a small selection of images below and if you would like to see more please view the main galleries.

 

Redstart male
Redstart male

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Pied flycatcher male


Pied flycatcher female

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/6/gilfach-wales Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:43:30 GMT
Puffin skomer island https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/puffin I made my first trip to Skomer island along with my father in law Mike Maddock,our main target was to be the Puffin a bird which is quite small in stature but big on looks it really is a beautiful and very colorful bird,the weather was also very kind to us and it was clear blue sky`s with plenty of sunshine,and after a 15 minute smooth boat trip followed by a steady 30 minute walk we arrived at our chosen spot,my initial plan was for static shot`s of the Puffin among`st the abundance of wild flowers which grow on the island on the island and hopefully some good flight shot`s later on,the time on the island absolutely flew by and before we knew it we had to pack up the camera gear and head back to the boat feeling that we would of liked just a few hrs more a very enjoyable day on a very beautiful island.

The short movie footage was captured using my Samsung galaxy S3 mobile phone.

I have posted a short movie and three images below and if you would like to view more images of these wonderful sea bird`s then please click the link at the bottom of the page which will take you to the main Puffin gallery, and thanks for visiting my blog.

 

 

Boat trip to Skomer island

 

Puffin

 

Puffin Puffin

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) avian blog island nature paulgreenbirdphotography puffin skomer wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/puffin Fri, 31 May 2013 09:49:12 GMT
Reed warbler and Reed bunting https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/reed-warbler-and-reed-bunting I was up bright and early on friday morning to arrive at ham wall rspb at around 5am,it really is a great location for photographing warblers and buntings amongst many others species,and with the early morning mist covering the somerset levels the "Glastonbury Tor" was standing out like a beacon on top of the hill it really did look magical to say the least,and with the weather forecasters getting it spot on with plenty of sunshine and clear blue sky`s I could not wait to get out of the car and set off to locate the birds mentioned above,as the sun rose it started to burn off the mist quite quickly and I soon located reed bunting and reed warbler and set about capturing these lovely small song birds,some of the images I captured during the day are posted below and any others will be posted in the main galleries,thanks for your visit.

Reed warbler

Reed warbler

Reed bunting male

Reed bunting male

 

 

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography reed bunting reed warbler wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/reed-warbler-and-reed-bunting Mon, 20 May 2013 15:27:30 GMT
Grey wagtail https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/grey-wagtail I headed off to photograph the Dipper but it was a bit of a no show with only fleeting views of them heading up and down river,so I then decided to switch my attention to the Grey wagtail I saw a pair of wagtail`s hunting insects which they then carried back to the chicks in the nest a joy to watch,images below. 

 

 

 

 

Grey wagtail Grey wagtail

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog grey wagtail nature paul-green.org paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/grey-wagtail Thu, 16 May 2013 09:39:15 GMT
Whitethroat https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/5/whitethroat I was up bright and early on bank holiday Monday morning at around 4am, I like to be at an area I have targeted just before dawn it really is a magical time of the day and there is nothing better than listening to the dawn chorus it is a time when most people are tucked up in there bed`s  and I really enjoy the feeling of solitude,I had recently been trying to find time to photograph the Whitethroat which is a summer migrant visiting songbird to the UK and I knew of a good location less than 20 miles from my home,two good friend`s of mine also arrived and had similar plan`s and after a quick chat we all set about photographing this lovely migrant song bird,please view the image`s posted below.

 

 

 

 

Whitethroat

 

Whitethroat

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Grasshopper warbler https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/grasshopper-warbler I was up bright and early and headed off to attempt to photograph the Grasshopper warbler this was after I gathered as much information as I possibly could with regards to this particlar bird`s habits,when targeting a bird this information is vital and help`s you achieve your goal,and within a couple of hours of locating this bird I was able to capture these first images of this remarkable song bird which has an incredible song you have to hear it to believe it it really is that special,images below.

 

 

Grasshopper warbler Grasshopper warbler

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog grasshopper warbler migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/grasshopper-warbler Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:33:11 GMT
Dartford warbler https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/dartford-warbler I Headed off to the Dorchester area in search of the Dartford warbler a song bird that I had always wanted to photograph,the gorse is in full bloom at this time of the year and I had imagined photographing the Dartford warbler perched on that particular flowering shrub and fortunately for me today I was able to do just that, a beautiful warbler in a wonderful setting,image below.

 

Dartford warbler

 

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Woodchat shrike https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/woodchat-shrike Hot news from fellow photographers that a Woodchat shrike was seen in the bishop sutton area so after work I was able to head out to the location where the bird was showing quite well this was to be a first sighting and also my first image`s captured of this wonderful bird,This species often overshoots its breeding range on spring migration, and is a rare, but annual, visitor to Great Britain,images below.

 

Woodchat shrike Woodchat shrike

Woodchat shrike

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife woodchat shrike https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/woodchat-shrike Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:17:15 GMT
Meadow pipit and Stonechat https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/meadow-pipit-and-stonechat Made an annual trip out to Dartmoor with two fellow photographers wanting to capture some images of migrant visiting birds but on arrival there were no signs of any of the targeted species so we decided instead to photograph Stonechat, Meadow pipit, and Wheatear we still had a great day out and will revisit the area again over the summer months below are some of the images I captured during the day.

 

 

 

Meadow pipit

Meadow pipit

Stonechat male

Stonechat male

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog meadow pipit nature paulgreenbirdphotography stonechat wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/meadow-pipit-and-stonechat Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:02:36 GMT
Turnstone https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/4/turnstone I headed off to Severn beach to photograph the Turnstone in spring breeding color and also the Dunlin if they put in an appearance, I arrived 2 hrs before high tide and then waited patiently for the incoming tide to push the birds up the shoreline and closer to me where I was able to capture these images the Turnstone showed quite well but the Dunlin stayed mainly hidden searching for food items among the rocks.

 

Turnstone breeding colour Turnstone

 

 

 

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Kingfisher https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/3/kingfisher  My first perched shot of a Kingfisher sat on some reeds in a light rain shower they really are such super little birds showing wonderful color and markings, I had watched this male Kingfisher hunting from this perch simply dropping down and catching small fish and then returning very quickly back up to the perch he would then proceed to turn the fish so he was be able to swallow it head first and whole an absolute joy to watch.

 

Kingfisher

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Barn owl https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/barn-owl First images captured  in 2013 of one of the most beautiful birds of prey the Barn owl watching this bird hunt with all the twists and turns was an absolute joy and even in the muted light today this owl still looked absolutely beautiful.

 

Barn owl

Barn owlBarn owlLatin name Tyto alba

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian barn owl blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife www.paul-green.org https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/barn-owl Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:57:38 GMT
Waxwing https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/waxwing I had missed a few opportunity`s to photograph the migrant Waxwing due to my work schedule but today I had the chance to head down to Weston super mare where the waxwings had been seen feeding on some bushes still laden with berries which I was quite surprised to see at this time of year due to it being late February,on arrival I counted some 23 waxwings in total which were perched up on a silver birch tree with the bushes below and after sometime one of the waxwings came down to feed and it some became apparent that when one bird feeds they all feed which gave me the opportunity to capture some images posted below.

 


Waxwing

 

Waxwing

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves blog migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography waxwing wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/waxwing Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:51:45 GMT
Buzzard at Catcott https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/buzzard-at-catcott I headed down to the Somerset levels in search of birds of prey to photograph I know of a few areas likely to give me an opportunity to photograph the Buzzard,Short eared owl,and possibly the Barn owl,and after a fairly short drive down the motorway from my home town of Clevedon the only bird which put in an appearance which was actually close enough for me to be able to photograph was the Common Buzzard  below you will find two of the images captured during my day out on the Somerset levels.

 

Buzzard Buzzard

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) blog buzzard nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/buzzard-at-catcott Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:55:01 GMT
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I headed out to one of my local spots in search of the Barn owl and after the owl did not make an appearance I decided it would have to be plan B,  I know of an area where the Buzzard perch up on a power line pole which overlooks a field the bird will then glide down to the unsuspecting prey and hunt he has seen or just to feed on worms,it was around 16:30 pm when i spotted the bird and with only a brief window of opportunity due to the fading light I was able to capture this image posted below.

 

Buzzard

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) blog buzzard paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/buzzard Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:23:35 GMT
Mandarin https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/mandarin I arranged to meet up with fellow photographer and good friend Terry Bagley, he had informed me of a location to be able to photograph a bird that was high on my wish list the (Mandarin), I met up with Terry at the location, and set about capturing my first images of the Mandarin, it`s a bird with plumage that can only be described as incredibly colorful and vibrant, they really are such smart looking birds, and with only a brief window of opportunity weather wise, and with some reasonable light I was able to capture these images posted below.

 

Mandarin male Mandarin male

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian bird photography blog ducks mandarin nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/mandarin Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:07:08 GMT
Bittern Slimbridge https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/bittern-slimbridge A Bittern photographed at Slimbridge today in its natural enviroment,they blend in really well with the reeds and at times they are hard to locate it is also quite tricky to capture a nice clean image amongst the reed stems but it is worth all the effort and I am all ready looking forward to photographing these normally very shy birds again.

Bittern Bittern hunting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) bittern blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography slimbridge wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/2/bittern-slimbridge Sat, 02 Feb 2013 22:59:47 GMT
Purple Sandpiper https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/purple-sandpiper I headed over to Portishead`s coastline a few miles from my home this morning and the weather forecast was for bright and sunny spells between 9am-11am this did not occur as it stayed mostly cloudy so i had to push my ISO up to 1250 to achieve a good enough shutter speed to capture some nice sharp images whilst photographing these lovely little wading birds, there has been quite a bit of talk regarding noise issues with high ISO on the Canon 7D but I hope these images show that they are more than use`able

 

 

Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper

 

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography purple sandpiper https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/purple-sandpiper Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:25:00 GMT
Fieldfare in the snow https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/fieldfare-in-the-snow I had already photographed the Fieldfare in December 2012 but I had also wanted to be able to photograph these lovely migrant visitors in the snow and fortunately for me there was heavy snow forecast for Friday 18th January 2013,I had 3 days available to me so I headed out to a local spot that the birds had been visiting since October feeding on fallen fruit in an old orchard and on arrival I saw large flocks of Fieldfare non of which were on the ground or perched so it was going to be a matter of time and patience waiting for the birds to land and they did eventually land and perch and I was able to capture these images posted below.

 

Fieldfare Fieldfare Fieldfare

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) blog fieldfare migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/fieldfare-in-the-snow Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:28:00 GMT
Chaffinch action shot https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/chaffinch A nice bright sunny day today so I headed off to my local area hoping to capture some action shots and the image below is of a female chaffinch attempting to land something these birds seem to find very difficult at times it almost seems that they are lacking in confidence but makes for some good action photography.

 

 

Chaffinch female

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog chaffinch nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/chaffinch Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:50:35 GMT
Great spotted woodpecker https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/great-spotted-woodpecker I was able to photograph a great spotted woodpecker yesterday in what was good light on the last day of December 2012 and it was nice that the weather forecast was exactly as predicted my main target was the male bird because I had already photographed both the female and juvenile birds before but the male bird did not show today so I will try again soon that is the beauty of wildlife photography,there are no guarantees and i enjoy the challenge.

Great spotted woodpecker female

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian great spotted woodpecker nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/great-spotted-woodpecker Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:50:41 GMT
Long tailed tit https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/long-tailed-tit First image captured in 2013,  i had a very enjoyable day out today with clear bright and sunny spells a nice change from all the heavy rain we have had in the uk over the last few months,the long tailed tit are great little birds to watch and photograph being both very acrobatic and amuseing. Long tailed tit Long tailed tit

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian long tailed tit nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2013/1/long-tailed-tit Tue, 01 Jan 2013 06:21:48 GMT
Fieldfare https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/12/fieldfare First images captured of the Fieldfare since there return to the UK they migrate to the UK and winter over from around October and return March-May the weather forecast was for a dull grey day today but I decided I would still make an attempt at photographing these migrant birds and after heading off to a local area that I know these birds visit I soon located them and counted around 20+ birds who soon vacated the area after my arrival even though I had made a stealthy approach so it was going to be a patient wait for there return and hopefully I would come away with some good images.

(extremely skittish birds that take to flight at the slighest alarm call)

Fieldfare Fieldfare

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog fieldfare migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/12/fieldfare Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:16:00 GMT
Purple Sandpiper https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/12/purple-sandpiper I decided to head over to Portishead seafront this morning in time for the high tide to photograph the Purple Sandpiper and on arrival i counted eight birds in total which were showing quite well and they do seem reasonably tolerant as long as you do not invade there space too much,initially all eight birds were in the shaded side of the rocky coastline but two birds did eventually fly around to the point and into the warm morning sunlight where i was able to capture my first images of this lovely little wader.

 

 

Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography purple sandpiper https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/12/purple-sandpiper Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:32:00 GMT
Goldcrest https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/goldcrest After all the recent bad weather with very heavy rainfall and flooding there was a brief window of opportunity today with a few sunny spells forecast so I decided to head over to Backwell and photograph the Goldcrest there I located two birds and set about photographing them these birds are the UKs smallest bird even smaller than a wren and they rarely sit still to pose or preen for more than a few seconds at a time usually because they are hunting small insects,spiders,moth eggs,etc,below you will see three images I captured today.

 

Goldcrest Goldcrest

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/goldcrest Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:56:01 GMT
Kestrel male https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/kestrel-male I have frequently spotted kestrels perched on overhead power cables hunting and when the unsuspecting prey is spotted below them they just simply drop down and seize the prey and that was exactly what this male kestrel did and after a good feed he flew up onto this old broken tree stump where I was able to photograph him I was hidden from his view crouched down behind an old stone wall.

 

Kestrel male

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) birds of prey blog kestrel nature paulgreenbirdphotography raptor https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/kestrel-male Fri, 23 Nov 2012 04:35:00 GMT
Jay at a local woodland https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/Jay Another recent project for me was to photograph a resident jay in a local woodland and anyone who has tried to photograph these birds will know just how extremely shy and skittish these wonderful woodland birds are.

 

Jay

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian birds blog corvid jay paulgreenbirdphotography https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/Jay Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:19:38 GMT
Great spotted woodpecker https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/great-spotted-woodpecker I had been putting in a lot of time and effort in a location a few miles from my home, where I wanted to photograph the resident great spotted woodpeckers there, and it all came together recently when I was able to photograph these lovely colorful woodland birds, firstly the juvenile was photographed, and after a few more visits I was able to photograph the adult female bird, image`s below.

 

 

Great spotted woodpecker juvenileGreat spotted woodpecker juvenile

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Great spotted woodpecker female

Female great spotted woodpecker

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) aves avian blog greatpsottedwoodpecker nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/11/great-spotted-woodpecker Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:50:16 GMT
Lesser whitethroat https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/6/welcome I recently found some Lesser Whitethroats in my local area and I was able to photograph these lovely migrant visitors which are fairly secretive and hopefully I will also be able to see the young birds fledge.

 

Lesser Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat

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[email protected] (Paul Green Bird Photography) blog lesserwhitethroat migrant nature paulgreenbirdphotography wildlife https://www.paul-green.org/blog/2012/6/welcome Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT