Another first in July, I was driving back from grandad duties this evening when the mobile rang and who should be calling was John and Eva, a Black Kite was at Chapel Carn brea, this was Ideal as I was already on the road heading for Chapel Carn Brea, Arriving within five minutes I jumped out of the car and John immediately got me onto the bird. We had wonderful overhead views then two Ravens harried the Kite and away it went. I drove home, got the camera and returned to the location and was awarded further views of the Black Kite. The images are record shots but who cares, a first for me in Cornwall. I greatly appreciated the call as I missed the one over Drift Reservoir that hung around for three hours.
With the season of sea watching upon us and a strong North Westerly wind, I ventured down to Pendeen Watch with the big lens hoping for a close shot of an Arctic Skua or Bonxie. No luck with the aforementioned but I did have a few close encounters with the Gannet and a midway encounter with Manx Shearwaters.
A few images from the last couple of photographic trips, the above and below images are of a Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar feeding on Ragwort, I captured these images at Upton Towans. The image below I experimented with flash gun, another discipline that is confusing to me. This Tawny Owl I captured in Tregeseal Valley my aim was to try and photograph Bats . Pyrmidal Orchid
Steve Rogers (SW Optics) kindly showed me the centre of the universe, in Cornwall, for butterflies located at Perranporth. Many Silver Studded Blues were found in a period that is considered to be the end of the first flush of these little stunners. We also found half a dozen Dark Green Fritillary butterflies amongst other species. The first two images are of the Dark Green Fritillary, the third is a Small Skipper and the last a Silver Studded Blue back lit by the sun.
Sam and Lisa are keen photographers with a particular interest in birds and wildlife in Cornwall. We have always been interested in photography but the improvements to digital cameras have renewed our interest. We hope you will enjoy viewing our photo blog!
Our equipment is as follows: I shoot with a Nikon D300 and D800e Camera and my lenses are a 300mm F/2.8 VR, 2.0 x Nikon Teleconverter,300 to 800mm Sigma Zoom and an 18 -200mm Nikon Zoom. Lisa has a Nikon D90 with HD Video capabilities and the 18-105mm Nikon Zoom. She also commandeers my lenses when needed! I shoot always in RAW format....