Sunday, 27 February 2011

Reflection Photography

Some lovely light and reasonably calm seas today meant good opportunities for reflection photography. Here are a couple fresh out of the card. The Long-tailed Ducks are building up in numbers around the harbour and they look just fantastic at the moment!

Friday, 25 February 2011

Long-tailed Ducks

After ten days of grey skies and constant gales, we finally got some sunshine! So, a few hours photographing in the harbour produced some fantastic opportunities with Long-tailed Ducks:

...good opps with diving birds:

...and some dapper drake Eiders...

And a very approachable 1st winter Glaucous Gull...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Otters @ 60 mph!

An IPT on Tuesday was hard work to say the least - photographing in winds gusting at nearly 60mph and getting blasted by the incredible salt spray, we questioned our sanity by the minute! But it was worth it as the day offered some dramatic opportunities for seascapes, birds 'n' backdrops and this feeding Otter...

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Iceland Gulls?

A bit of 'normality' was restored yesterday with a couple of Iceland Gulls offering some great photographic opportunities. 'White-winged' gulls have been very scarce in Shetland this winter. The third-winter bird certainly showed a few pro Kumlien's-type features.

All images above taken with a 1D Mark IV and a 400mm f4 DO.

Look away now if gulls don't interest you! The publication of these images and my mention of the subtle pro-Kumlien's features have opened up some worthy discussion on the variability of glaucoides vs kumlieni so here are a few more images showing the exact detail of the upperwing (particularly p9 and p10) of this bird:

I've seen a few individuals of what I have presumed to be kumlieni in NE Canada showing patterns akin to the bird above and just to show British birders just how poorly marked kumlieni can be, even in adult plumage, here is a bird Harri and I found in Varanger in March 2009. Imagine how this bird may of looked in 3rd winter pluamge...

Monday, 7 February 2011

RSPB Birds of Britain & Europe

I have spent the last couple of years gradually working my way through a list of recordings that were specially commissioned for the new edition of RSPB Birds of Britain and Europe by Rob Hume. I was delighted to finally receive my copy in the post today and listen to the 100 CD recordings that accompany the book, 30 of which were provided by me, with other recordings coming from top sound-recordists Hannu Jännes, Dave Farrow and Jan-Erik Bruun.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Long-tailed Duck: Feb 2011 Wallpaper

February 2011 wallpaper is this Long-tailed Duck (I much prefer the North American name 'Oldsquaw'), photographed in Arctic Norway in March 2009. To set the picture as your computer desktop wallpaper background, double click on the image to open it in full size then right-click the mouse while it's over the picture. Select the 'Set as Background' menu option, or the 'Set as Wallpaper' option, depending on your browser type. If you want to learn how to take images like this, click here and join us on an instructional pho-tour in 2011.