Tuesday, 20 January 2009


Nightingale, Whisby, England. Summer 2008

Canon 20D + 300 f2.8 + 1.4 extender.

After a 5 hour familiarisation with this Nightingale [standing out in the open while it sang from all manner of trees and bushes], in late afternoon it suddenly it popped out on an open branch, not 20ft away, and commenced sunbathing.

You win some, you lose some.

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Gannet Profile

Gannet. Bempton RSPB. England.

Canon 20D + 300 f2.8. Hand held.

In the breeding season, often in late afternoons when the clifftop footpath is less busy, Gannets land on the grassy cliff tops and tear up greenery to add to their nests.

At 15ft distance, this Gannet could not be missed.

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover.

Pentax Spotmatic [film] + 400mm Soligor lens.

On a landfill site, where heavy machinery was missing this nest by 20ft or so, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers carried on as if it was all in a days work.

Copyright: Kevin Smith