Brown Bears of Kamchatka 2013 Part 2

Kuril Lake Campsite & Ozyornyi Ranger Station. The ranger station and the campsite are located at the point where the Ozyornaya river flows west from the Kurilskoye Lake. Also located here is the scientific station where the salmon are monitored as they travel up river from the Okhotsk Sea into the lake and surrounding rivers…

Brown Bears of Kamchatka 2013 Part 1

The background A couple of years ago I met two italian photographers while visiting the Farne islands – Valter Bernardeschi and Antonio Benetti. Our paths crossed throughout the week and we also met again at Bempton cliffs on the final day of their trip while we were photographing the gannets. During our somewhat comical conversations…

The Nikon Df

5th November 2013. Nikon finally announce a retro dslr which many have been asking for. Whether it is a camera for me I doubt very much. The specs – Technical Specifications Type Single-lens reflex digital camera Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts) Effective angle of view Nikon FX format Effective…

Kingfishers 2013

I’m currently trying to photograph kingfishers on a local stretch of river. I have not photographed kingfishers for several years now. Here are some simple images from today. Nothing special – just good to know the birds are here. I will post more images and a write-up soon. Started at 3.15AM this morning and I…

Oundle Red Kites Part 2.

If you’ve read my previous post “Oundle red kites” you will know about the red kite nest not far from my house. Last week when I went along to see what was going on I shot some video with the D4 and also took a few stills. I hadn’t really looked at the still images…

Oundle Red Kites

I am fortunate to live in a lovely small town here in Northamptonshire. Within two minutes of walking out my front door I can be walking along the river or in Barnwell Park. Over the last few years the red kites have become re-established in the area thanks to the conservation work at Fineshade Woods. Every…

Focus on Imaging 2013

The Focus On Imaging 2013 show is currently underway at the NEC in Birmingham (3-6th March). I went along to check out some of the latest gear and maybe pick up a bargain. As someone who uses Nikon cameras this was the first stand I headed towards. I only really wanted to see if the…

The elusive waxwings

Several winters ago there was an influx of waxwings from scandinavia, greater numbers than usual. At that particular time I did not attempt to track them down to photograph them, something I now regret. So this winter when they arrived in significant numbers I made the decision I would attempt to get some images of…

Return to Snettisham

Sunday 16/12/12 saw a return visit to Snettisham in Norfolk. I have written about this location in a previous post. I arrived quite early at the car park which was busy as I had expected. It was still dark when I reached the farthest hide on the reserve which is a short walk from the…