Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Glossy Ibis at Helston

Unusual visitor for Helston, a Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) near Helston boating lake. A very approachable bird, unfazed by dog walkers etc. Very busy continually feeding most of the time. A bit more sunlight would of been good for photography but think I got some images during the suns brief appearances.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

RAF Coninsby

My first visit to RAF Coninsby and is was rather a good day. Very productive with lots of Typhoon movements, power take off and missed approaches. So here are some images from a great day out, another base to visit again in the future.

Manchester Airport

With the continued reduction in UK low level flying, I decided rather than climb a mountain I would pay a visit to Manchester airport. Despite an early start I arrived a little later than intended. Luckily the majority of aircraft movements had not commenced yet due to fog. As a result there was plenty to photograph when procedings commenced. Had a good position for some taxy/movement shots but could off done with a different spot for the actual ( v1 rotate) take-offs. On the whole it was very productive day and I will be visiting again.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Tornado Enthusiasts day at RAF Marham

With the Tornado about to retire from service in the Royal Air Force a final opportunity to visit these iconic jets was offered to enthusists. I was fotunate enough to be among the 150 or so selected. Despite dying from "man flu"  I managed to get to the event. Last place I needed to be a cold windy airfield!!! The day was well worth it, very friendly staff and three special livery airframes to mark the end of the Tornado service. Three special livery aircraft were on display outside and another in the hangar. Also in the hangar there was an opportunity to buy squadron prints, mugs badges etc. After a while taking photographs we were transported over to the runway to witness one of the jets flying. After this we went back to grab some final images, prints etc and then leave after an excellent day. Many thanks to all in RAF Marham for organising and making this event a success.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

A quick visit to Ryans Field/Hayle Estuary

With sunny days a rarity a the moment finally had one appear so I was about to go out and photograph short eared owls. Unfortunately due to vandals breaking some drainage equipment for the farm ponds I was informed access was no longer allowed in the area, so thanks to the inconsiderate morons who did that. Opted for Hayle instead unfortunately tide was low so very little in camera reach. Did mange to get a couple of shots and distant views of a Kingfisher which is always great to see. Hoping for some proper winter weather far to mild/wet at present!!!!

John Deere Tractor (well I said it was quiet)


Meadow Pipit bathing



Saturday, 1 December 2018

Helston Christmas Lights Switch On

A windy night but I managed to find a shelterd spot down the boating lake for the firework display. In town the lights were being blown all over the place so no pictures of those. Last time I did this event the town was packed with people, seemed a bit of a low turn out for this year for some reason. I didn't see as many stalls either this year. (maybe they all just left after the firework display?) Still a good effort to get into the spirit of things by some businesses, The Rodney Inn, Gilllians Larder and some others. (Possibly November is just to early?) Official Xmas lights look splendid so I may re-visit when it is less windy to get some shots of them.