Saturday, 7 March 2009

EMotion: Sublime to the Ridiculous

I don't why but none of the picture links work and it may look weird on your screen (i.e huge spaces for what ever reason) it looks fine on my screen, but i tested it on another screen and it appeared totally different.  I apologise in advance.

Another weekend, and another chance to turn wildlife photographer for a day (or morning at least).  This time though i had borrowed a 70-300mm lens from Uni, to give that extra 100mm i thought i needed.  Turns out i needed a bit more, since even that wasn't long enough.
I went to Stanley Park, and to Heron Island (as 
its known) to shoot the Herons.  I got a few good shots and then moved round the lake.

Once round the other side of the lake, things started to happen.  A robin... nothing to unusual.  A Blue  Tit... nothing new.  A group of four photographers... this is new.  What was all the hullabaloo... Goldcrests and more importantly Firecrests.  I immediately scanned the tree at the end of their lenses to see the Firecrests (that's right there were two) fleeting around.  Did i get a good picture... did i eckers-like... have you seen them move.  Far too fast for me too first of all find, focus on and then release the trigger.  We lost sight of them (since they are the smallest bird in England) and the commotion died down.  At which point they came back only to elude my lens yet again.  I did manage to get a half decent shot of a Goldcrest though.
As if this wasn't enough, i also managed to snap a Tree Creeper, and a Long Tailed Tit.

And now for the cherry on the cake.  I'll admit it they aren't the best photos  but here's the Goldcrest i promised.  Hopefully I'll get out and see some more of it soon.

So in one sitting i saw 20 Herons, 2 Robins, numerous Blue Tits and Great Tits, 2 Tree Creepers, 1 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, and 2 Great Crested Grebes.  Not bad i think.


  1. Love the image of the robyn- fab :)

  2. Wohoo Daniel! Blackpool is a good place for wildlife, I just laugh at people who say there is nothing here! The second shot of the heron is really good, and basically I'm after a similar shot as well, but for a couple of hours of sacrificed time it's amazing! Same with the tree creeper shots,and the firecrest shots! Imagine if you'd work on one of these species for at least 4-5 days, weeks.. i really like the fact that you can 'see' in nature instead of just looking and not seeing anything.
    BTW we would love to see you on the wildlife photography course starting next term :D ;))

  3. Thanks Sammi appreciate it.

    Hey Zoltan, i really appreciate the good comments.
    I've always loved wildlife but like i said i've never really been good enough at it... like you, who is brilliant. Yeah i left the house at 8am and didn't get back till after 12noon, about an hour spent at the herons and an hour hunting the Goldcrest and Firecrest.
    Who is we... do you mean you, haha :P Maybe i could pop in from time to time... how does that sound???

  4. :) By 'we' i ment the 'wildie' crew. I was with Chris the other day, and I'm sure we spent more than 4 hours with the crests, but they are really hard to photograph.

  5. If your serious about it i'd love so spend a day as a proper wildlife photographer. :D 4 hours!!! That's more commitment than me. :P