Wednesday 11 March 2020

"New" Nikon D850

Picked up a really good condition Nikon D850 from in Truro the other day (Good price and good service) . I have done some aviation shots and some night shots of the moon. So far I am impressed with the detail the camera can produce. Since the pictures below were taken I have added an optional battery grip which increases the FPS from 7 to 9. Off to Wales and around a few other places over the next couple of weeks where hopefully weather permitting I will be able to get a lot more pictures. Pictures of the moon for now some aviation ones later:

Sunday 1 March 2020

Shorties still in Cornwall for now!!!

Surprised when I went out to find three Short Eared Owls were still in the vicinty where they have been over-wintering. I thought they would of moved on by now, must be stormy weather keeping them here: Another surprise was some blue skies and good light for photography!!!!! So here are some of the images from a good couple of hours with these majestic birds.

Germans visit RNAS Culdrose

Unusal sighting this week of a German Navy Dornier Do228  57+05 flying into RNAS Culdrose on 27th Feb. Conditions were very challenging with very strong crosswinds and low morning sunlight, I managed to capture it going into the base but missed the departure so only a couple of images:

Saturday 15 February 2020

Another visit to search for the Short Eared Owls

Although distant again it was fantastic to witness 3/4 shorties enjoying a succesful hunting period. The area seems to provide a plentiful supply of small rodents to enusre the owls are well fed. Occasionally a crow/raven/kestrel etc will try to steal the meal sometimes sucessful sometimes not. The SEO do defend their prey items against thieves but sometimes they are out manouvred.  These are fantastic birds to observe and hopefully they will return again later this year.

The wouldbe thief was chased off on this occasion

Friday 14 February 2020

Storm Ciara at Porthleven

With all the media hype you would expect to see a storm of epic, earth shattering proportions!!!  Luckily I checked the swell charts which forecast a bigger swell after the main event. I stuck with the trusted forecast and went on the Monday which was quiet compared to Sunday where alledgedly there were hundred of storm watchers/photographers. Monday there was probably between 10-20 people. Its not the biggest storm I have seen to hit Porthleven by a long shot, however it was an opportunity to test a newly aquired video camera/software along with the usual still images. First up is a link to the video I shot:

Storm Ciara at Porthleven Video

Now for the still images:

Monday 27 January 2020

January days at RNAS Culdrose

With the Easterly winds blowing here in January,  there was a good opportunity to get some shots of approaching aircraft at RNAS Culdrose. All  local aircraft apart from one visitor which was a AW101 NAWSARH (Norwegian All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter) in a smashing white/dayglow livery which looks good on the AW101 airframe. Rare blue skies provided an opportunity for  Merlin, Hawk and Beech KingAir 350 which are ever present, and I even spotted a flying  tiger on the coast

"Flying Tiger" Merlin MK2 on the Cornish Coast

736 Squadron Hawk t1

Norwegian All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter

736 Squadron Hawk T1

750 Squadron Beech KingAir 350

736 Squadron Hawk T1

736 Squadron Hawk T1

736 Squadron Hawk T1