Saturday, 29 November 2008

Turnstone feeding

This time, I was on the South Beach at Bridlington just behind the Spa theatre. A good place to go if you're interested in photographing birds and as usual the ever present Turnstones were there. I watched a small group foraging and this particular one was going from mussel to mussel having a peek for that tasty morsel.

I was particularly pleased with the first image, it won me 1st prize in a camera clubs photo competition.

Canon 1D Mk2, 500 mm f4 lens with 1.4 x extender all mounted on a tripod.

Friday, 28 November 2008


One September evening whilst walking along the beach at Scarborough, I noticed a number of Turnstones frolicking in the tidal pools. This was handy for me just what I wanted, armed with my Canon 1D Mk2 fitted with a Canon 70 - 200 mm f2.8 zoom lens.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Cuckoo Wrasse

I'm not quite certain where I took this photo of a Cuckoo wrasse, Labrus mixtus, but I know it's in the Western Isles around Oban way. In the mature fish the male and female differ in colour and pattern. This male has a blue head which extends onto the sides which in parts are orangish in colour. It's certainly a beautiful looking fish, this type of wrasse always had an inquisitive nature, once whilst I was diving in Gozo, they were following me around. Yes I know, looking for any goodies kicked up by the diver. Cupboard love.

Nikonos V with 28 mm lens and Nikonos close up lens, fitted with a SB 102 flashgun.

Meet George

Yes, he's an ugly bugger, but George was the friendly Wolf fish, Anahichas lupus. He has powerful jaws and teeth, which enable it to crush sea urchins and other shellfish on which it feeds. On seeing divers he used to come out of his lair to see if any freebies were on the go. At the time I took this photograph, George was living in 8 metres of water at St. Abbs, Scotland.

It's some years since I photographed this fish, I wonder if he's still there?

Nikonos RS fitted with 28 mm lens, Ektachrome 100, scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 5000