I took this image of a Starling murmuration yesterday. It shows many thousands of birds as they came in to roost in the reedbed around dusk. Whilst it certainly represents a lot of birds, this was actually only a small fraction of late arrivals. The main flock was a bit too far away and largely obscured by trees. It’s always a bit of a gamble as to where to wait for the arriving birds, and sometimes they don’t actually display for long before dropping down into the reeds, as was the case yesterday. A slightly long shutter speed was used in order to capture some of the fluid motion of the flock, rather than freezing a single moment in time.
Happy new year (and decade)! My first additions to the wildlife gallery for 2020 are this Nightjar and Otter. The Nightjar was photographed close to home in the Forest of Dean. Whilst I did photograph this bird in person, this particular image was captured by a trail-camera which I left ... Read more
Some further additions to the wildlife gallery today... I spent this afternoon watching Short-eared Owls in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. The Roe Deer was moving at full speed across a field in which 3 Short-eared Owls were hunting. This picture catches the moment it passed one of the perched owls ... Read more