Sunday, 30 December 2012

Favourite shots of 2012

Well it has been a rain sodden and sometimes frustrating year for wildlife photography. However even so despite the conditions opportunities for some nice images presented themselves.  I have a small selection of my favourite images below some  not technically perfect, but I like them so that is what matters, lol. A couple made it to the papers and hopefully more will follow next year. Here are my images selected from 2012.

Ptarmigan, Scottish Highlands, we got lucky here and had some excellent weather

Chough on The Lizard, similar to a flight shot of the Chough I am after, but not quite there yet.

Raven with Rabibit, a winner this one made the national papers, just wish I had locked onto it earlier, still amazing sight

Shoveller, taken at a slowish shutter speed but it still conveys action

Bank Vole, a couple of branches in front of the vole has created some blur, but this is a wild vole and a rare opportunity .

Capercaillie, Scottish Highlands, magical setting and great subject

My closest shot of a Kingfisher yet, would love to get closer next year

Long Tailed Duck at Carnsew Basin in Cornwall, stunning bird and at some stayed must of been the most photographed bird in Cornwall

Redshank at St Gothian Sands

Little Egret, I just liked the upright pose!

Waxwing, great to see these birds in Falmouth and I really like the viewpoint I have captured here.

Grey Heron with a captured rat at Marazion.

What a piece of luck to witness this Stoat hunting the Rabbit from start to finish.

Osprey with Golden Orfe, at Drift, another rare capture for me, I though Scotland would be my best chance of getting an Osprey but Cornwall produced.

Well that's all, thank you for watching the blog and leaving your comments, hopefully you will all stay and follow in 2013.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Cury Hunt meet at Helston

Please follow the link for my images from the Cury Hunt meet at Helston on Boxing day:

Cury Hunt meet Helston


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Xmas Day Shoot

Well always make the effort to get on on Christmas Day, walk off the dinner etc. I spent a while trying to photograph GN Divers in Sandy Cove but they were just to far out.  As I drove back a quick glance in Newlyn Harbour and there were three in there, luckily two really close to the car park. Then paid a quick visit to Marazion between the showers.

Shag in Newlyn Harbour

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

 Goose

Christmas day out for the family

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Helston Flood Images

Hi here is a small selection of images from yesterdays flooding in Helston, please follow the link to view:

Helston Flood Images


Saturday, 22 December 2012

Helston Flood Video Clips

Some video footage from Helston today,follow link to my other blog; images will follow later:

Cornwall Image Works


Emergency Services in attendance at Helston

Friday, 21 December 2012

New day, naff weather nothing new!

Well nothing has changed they still cannot get the weather forecast correct. Forecast sunny until late afternoon. Well a slight glimpse of the sun first thing and that was it, amazes me how they get it wrong so often! On a brighter note I survived the end of the world and I am back blogging again. My early start was to look for otter on Long rock pool  but he didn't appear today. A few images today from my usual spots. (should off been a surf photography day, but that forecast was also wrong, lol)



St Michael's Mount first thing this morning

Water rail showing very well

The light was so poor I ended up at Helston boating lake!

Male Shoveller
Female Shoveller

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A few before the world ends, lol

Ok here are a few images from the my last trips out and about.

Squirrel, collecting bedding material

Frog at Godrevy

Bittern at Marazion, starting to show itself a bit more lately

Grey Heron, this is the one who regularly hunts voles etc, blood on his beak from his latest victim

Gull with? Well I couldn't work out what is was so I had a look when the gull discarded it.  It is actually a rabbit's head, possibly the one the stoat killed on the marsh last week?

Well the gull didn't fancy it, look closely and you can see it it is definitely the remains of a rabbit head. 

Oyster catcher browsing on the marsh

And for all you Christmas people here is a robin

And providing the world doesn't end I will be back soon, lol.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Stoat Pursues Rabbit at Marazion

I was just about to pack away my camera kit as it was a quiet day on the marsh; I then spotted a stoat, mindful of a reported stoat taking a rabbit a couple of months ago I decided to stay and watch events unfold! Well the stoat was running in between the rabbits in and out of burrows and to be honest the rabbits were not spooked at all by this little maniac.  Some would not even move out of the path of the stoat deliberately/  confidently standing their ground.

The stoat continued his little game for a few minutes annoying the rabbits then all off a sudden he sprang into action, I can only assume he sensed he had found the weakest rabbit in the group. The chase commenced and it looked like the stoat would easily be out paced; how wrong I was.  The stoat just seem to keep on running and eventually tire his prey out and then pounce. Once he had the rabbit it still took a while to finish him off. A few bites from the stoat and squeals from the rabbit and eventually all fell silent the rabbit losing it's fight for life.

The stoat his hunt complete then dragged the rabbit to the nearest rabbit hole to enjoy his lunch out of sight of other opportunistic predators like fox, Ravens and Buzzards.

I won't label the pictures tonight they speak for themselves I think.  Some may look slightly soft, however follow a rapidly moving twisting and turning chase I am quite pleased with what I got and witnessed.










Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Winter starting to bite

Well winter is finally upon us, which means hopefully more opportunities for wildlife photography. Today's post features the regulars at Marazion who are now venturing closer to the viewing area to fed and seek shelter, giving a chance for some good views. Also featured is a stoat my next post in the next few days will show him hunting and taking out a rabbit!

Little Egret

Bittern


Snipe

Redwing

Song Thrush

Stoat looking for prey

Stoat commencing his hunt, more pictures in my next post!