Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles

I discovered thousands of common red soldier beetles along a hedgerow just outside Exeter. They are nicknamed " the hogweed bonking beetle" because they spend all their time mating, even when eating and flying. This was taken with a wide angle macro lens, which...

Ants on the run

Ants on the run

It turns out Ants are really hard to photograph! Not only do they move ridiculously fast, but using a 2X macro lens at such high magnification, even at a modest f/8, creates such a shallow depth of field that you can't even get their full head in focus. Using the...

Cardinal Beetle Portrait

Cardinal Beetle Portrait

The rain finally stopped for a few days and the bugs are quite active again. Couldn't resist dusting off the macro lens and having a play.

Drenched Bluebells

Drenched Bluebells

We've had a few days of heavy downpour in Devon and this Spring the Bluebells are taking a battering. I was determined to get out today, despite the rain, and this was about all I could manage in miserbale conditions. Needless to say, I got absolutely drenched!

Great Black Backed Gull

Great Black Backed Gull

A Great Black Backed Gull flying around Froward Point. It might not be the most interesting photo in the world but I couldn't have been happier sitting on the cliffside watching these birds flyby. Captured on a camera, that according to the internet, can't focus on...

Buzzard on the Hunt

Buzzard on the Hunt

I've been keeping my eye on this spot over the last few weeks as I've seen a couple of Buzzards hunting in this area quite regularly. I was lucky to get 10 minutes watching them swoop down from the trees. I'm not sure what it was going for, but it spotted something in...

Male Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch

Some warm morning light this morning picking out the reddish feather detail on this lovely bird.

Running Crab Spider

Running Crab Spider

Well spring has sprung and what the difference a week in weather can make. After a couple of days of sunshine the garden is once again buzzing with insects and spiders so I couldn't resist having a play with the macro lens. I'm no expert at identifying species but I...

Up

Up

Taken on a walk in some local woodland.

Aphid macro

Aphid macro

January has been a bit of a wet start to the year, but a good chance to brush up on some macro photography technique. This was taken with a Laowa 25mm f/2.8 5X macro lens which is fully manual to use but has incredible magnification and detail. Depth of field at this...

Icy New Year

Icy New Year

Well an icy, if not happy new year, and an early walk into the woods to capture some macro shots of the ice.

Morning Light

Morning Light

I was actually driving somehwere else for a bit of photography, when I passed this scene and quickly pulled over and legged it down the road before the light vanished.

The Dark Menace

The Dark Menace

Most people see crows as a menace in the garden, but I like them. They always have a villainous look about them and somehow seem more intelligent than the other birds. They don't gorge at the feeders and make a mess either, they just seem to take what they need and...

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

The decline of insects in Autumn have brought the Great Spotted Woodpecker back to the feeders.

Canadian Goose in Flight

Canadian Goose in Flight

After putting it off for 2 years I've finally made the change to mirrorless after hearing good stuff about the recent firmware updates from Nikon. I wanted to give the Nikon Z6 autofocus system a good test on fast moving subjects so thought birds in flight would be a...

Buddleia Bee

Buddleia Bee

Not my best insect photo but I did like the out of focus colours.

Perched Buzzard

Perched Buzzard

Usually I'm desperately trying to get close to these birds without spooking them but on this occasion it found us!

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Even though these Roe Deer live local to me I've only seen them on a few occasions. Always a lovely sight!

Juvenile Blackbird

Juvenile Blackbird

I spent a couple hours trying to photograph baby rabbits without much luck, but this curious bird was foraging around in front of me.

Buzzard in evening light

Buzzard in evening light

A shy bird. I managed to capture this image walking the lanes near my home and using the hedgerow as a natural hide.

Female Pheasant

Female Pheasant

These birds are incredibly good at camouflaging in long grass. I think she spotted me as quickly as I spotted her before she disappeared.

The Moon 040420

The Moon 040420

I've made several attempts to photograph the moon over the years and I've never been happy with the results until now. This was taken with the excellent Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6.