Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Reds came out of hiding


We haven't seen the reds at Bradgate Park for a while but on thursday it was a nice day and despite the crowds they came out to show themselves.

First we came across this young fallow deer, soft fur and vacant look, not sure what to do next.
1/640 @ f6.3, iso 200, 400mm
This one was a little older and looking for fun.
1/500 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm
This Mallard female was throwing a good reflection into the small pool.
1/320 @ f6.3, iso 200, 400mm
Then there were the Red Deer, antlers still covered with velvet and not fully grown.
1/800 @ f6.3, iso 200, 400mm
The three stooges here came swaggering in our direction, but they weren't after us. We were a long way off.
1/1000 @ f6.3, iso 200, 400mm
He looked up to see what was happening.
1/1000 @ f6.3, iso 200, 400mm

All taken on a Canon EOS 7d, EF 100 - 400 mm L series lens

Friday, May 15, 2015

Have a little fishy - Thornton 13 May 2015


This is an interesting sequence that played out in front of me as stopped for a rest by a bench. I was hoping for some Dabchicks, but this Great Crested Grebe was worth seeing. I think the other Grebe was hoping for a share but was disappointed.

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1/2656 @ 6.3, iso 400, 400mm

1/2000 @ 6.3, iso 400, 400mm

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All taken on Canon EOS 7d, EF 100 - 400mm L series lens

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bradgate Park 7 may 2015

It has been a long time coming but this week's visit to Bradgate Park found a Little Egret in the ponds and it was making a success of fishing. Maybe it'll stay around for the season and bring in a mate.

1/320 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm

1/320 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm

1/640 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm

1/640 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm
There aren't many fallows with antlers about at the moment and a lot of those that are have their heads down chewing.
1/400 @ f6.3, iso 400, 150mm
This one decided on a bit of hill climbing, it was steeper than it looks.
1/640 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm
The way this one looked at the camera, I thought it was asking "What you looking at"
16400 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm
All taken on Cannon EOS 7d, EF 100 - 400mm L series lens

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fairies and Scaries

Welcome to my first collection of new Folk tales. I have tried to include something for children of all ages.

If some give you a warm feeling inside, I hope others make you hide behind the sofa or laugh out loud.

They are all separate stories, so you can read them in whatever order you please and not get confused.


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thursday April 2 - at Bradgate park

There were a lot of people about, so not much in the way of wildlife. Some of the deer herds were settled in the deer meadow where the public aren't allowed. So I took them from the road.

The Fallow deer were having a laid back day while the sun was shining
1/500 @ f6.3, iso 400, 180mm

1/320 @ f6.3, iso 400, 180mm


The Red Deer Stags were out displaying their magnificent headgear while the females grazed

1/500 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm

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1/320 @ f6.3, iso 400, 400mm

All taken on a Canon EOS 7d, EF 100 - 400mm L series lens



Thursday, March 12, 2015

The singing begins

There wasn't much to be seen at Watermead park, just the usual birds that never leave. I hope things will improve as spring approaches.

There was a Robin singing his heart out beside the path, he was completely undisturbed by people passing just a foot or so away.

1/320 @ f7.1, iso 800, 400mm

1/125 @ f6.3, iso 800, 400mm

1/320 @ f6.3, iso 800, 115mm


all picture taken using 
Canon EOS7d, ef 100 - 400mm L series zoom lens

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Thornton 27 feb 2015

Nothing special today, just the usual common fare.

The water flowing at a good speed over the overspill and these two greylags were happy to while away the day watching it and showing off seeing who could stand on one leg the longest. Either that or the water was cold and they stood on one foot until it got too cold, then switched to the other one.


1/250 @ f7.1, iso 800, 250mm

Whatever the reason it didtn't stop them pausing for a drink while still on one foot.

1/320 @ f7.1, iso 800, 250mm

There are some interesting Mallard Hybrids that can fool you sometimes.

1/1328 @ f7.1, iso 800, 400mm

And of course a Mute Swan female hoping for a feed

1/800 @ f7.1, iso 800, 400mm


All pictures taken on a Canon EOS 7d with EOS 100 - 400 m L series lens

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seasons Greetings

We started with frosts turning everything white.


Snow soon followed


If we were clever we had laid in the fuel, ready for the cold weather.


The birds puffed themselves up to keep out the cold


And what other bird suited the season but a Robin


Well a Jenny Wren of course (Ok that surprised me as well)


So we trimmed up for the great day and the dog got in on the act as well


Turkey eaten presents opened and it was time for a bit of fun


We all remember Mid Winter Festivals like that, don't we?
We perhaps wish they still happened?
Well the good news is these pictures were all taken within the last four years so they do still happen and will happen again.

Have a Happy Mid-Winter Day and Good new Year.