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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.

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...

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...

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.

Dartmoor Ponies

Dartmoor Ponies

The hardy Dartmoor Pony have inhabited the moor for centuries and were used in medieval times for carrying heavy loads of tin from the mines across the moor.

Golden Plovers at Haytor

Golden Plovers at Haytor

I travelled up to Haytor to photograph the sunset but instead caught sight of this flock of Golden Plovers circling around the area and managed to capture them with the tor in the background as the low sun illuminated their wing tips.