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Kingfisher type bird in New Zealand

Sep 08 2014
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On my recent trip to New Zealand we were in a town called Whakatane on the North Island. There is a very enjoyable river walk which brings you from the town, along the river, and back. Along the way you see many wading birds, sea gulls and many other birds. One of the birds I spotted on a branch was the one pictured below. In order not to disturb it, I quietly attached the 70-300mm zoom lens as it was about 10-15 metres away. I upped the ISO and increased the shutter speed and I also used the high-speed burst […]

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Robin on Tree Stump

Jun 25 2014
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I was testing my new Canon 70-300 lens and spotted this Robin Red Breast standing in a patch of sunlight on a tree stump. I took 2 shots, in the first you couldn’t see his head but this was the second. I was very happy with the shot as the feather lines and detail were very clearly visible plus I like the fact that the background, which was out of sunlight, is very dim and therefore is not too distracting. This photo is also on my 500px account and you might get a larger / more detailed version there. I […]

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Spring Bee Photoshoot

Apr 12 2014

With Spring eventually arriving I was taking some photos of Spring flowers and noticed a bee full of pollen and tried to get some snaps with the 24-105mm lens. Not a Macro lens but by getting in close and cropping later you can make the photo look closer than you actually were. I was also lucky enough to capture the bee taking off from flower to flower. I had anticipated that the bee would fly between flowers and had the camera set up on rapid fire, just pressing the shutter as the bee made it’s move. The dangling legs were […]

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Ladybird out for a Walk

Mar 02 2014
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This photo of a ladybird (or ladybug in the USA) I just liked because of the simplicity – one small ladybird in an vast green area. I also liked the texture of the grass stem which the lady bird is walking over. I deliberately used a low aperture so as to blur the background and focus more on the subject, which is obviously the ladybird. Also the fact that everything is green and the only thing not green is the ladybird, the subject. See this photo on 500px

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Summer Flower and Bees – An Exercise in Patience

Aug 20 2013
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Summer is a great time to take photographs of flowers, wildlife, butterflies and other insects (if that’s something which interests you) and I noticed that there was a lot of activity among a set of red flowers. I decided to try to get the bees approaching the flowers just before they landed. Using the Canon 24-105 L lens I set up shop about 2 feet off the ground shooting upwards towards the sky in order to get plenty of blue in the shot. Setting the camera on rapid fire I clicked off a few and this is when I knew […]

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Chicks and their Mom – Seagull Chicks in Dunmore East : 26/Project 52

Jul 08 2012

Halfway through the Project 52 challenge and it has been very hard these past few weeks to get any decent shoots in the evenings – the weather this year has been deplorable and this week was no exception. I nearly didn’t bring the camera on this day but I spotted some chicks in the cliff face and their seagull mom feeding them. The location was a nice little cove called Badger Cove (even though i think I tweeted Beaver cove on @shanesphoto – different place all together!). The nest was about 20 – 25ft above the ground but I put […]

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Compare My Meerkat – 12/Project 52

Mar 26 2012
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Are you looking for cheap car inshooooraance? If so, don’t ask this little furry guy as he has no idea what 3rd party fire and theft is. This is one of the Meerkat’s in Fota Wildlife Park near Cobh, in Co. Cork. The new compound for the Meerkats is just inside the gates so you can’t miss it and you get a good view of them as they perch on the look out. I was delighted at how sharp I was able to get the final shot of the Meerkat, as I was shooting through the highly reflective and highly […]

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Grey Heron at Cahir, Co. Tipperary : 11/Project 52

Mar 20 2012

I came across this grey heron totally by accident in Cahir, Co. Tipperary ; it was standing in the weir just opposite Cahir Castle. Over a period of about 5 minutes this heron did not move, apart from tipping the flowing water with its’ right foot. I used the Canon 75-300 and upped the ISO to 400 so that I could get a nice crisp shot with the flowing water from the weir rushing by. The shot below is the zoomed version and there is a wider angle shot further down this page. I was hoping that the heron might […]

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Grey Squirrel with a Red Head – 7/Project 52

Feb 19 2012
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In the grounds of Kilkenny Castle there are many areas where you can catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife, from ducks, geese, swans, and many other types of small woodland birds to squirrels and even on a rare occasion badgers (according to the signs in the grounds of the Castle). On Friday I was luck enough to get a shot of a small grey squirrel, which I spotted in a tree. Luckily I had my 75-300mm lens on, so getting a shot of this little guy was made a lot easier. I increased the ISO to 400 and dropped […]

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My First Fox Photo – Photo of the Week

Sep 22 2011
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I have always been fascinated by how covert foxes can be, I once came across one in Manor Street in Waterford at 2am one night on the way home from a night out (no camera of course), but had not seen one up close since then. Having picked up a loan of 200mm Canon L Lens only the day before I was more than surprised to come across a fox in my path. I had barely enough time to reach for the camera and take a quick shot of this lovely young fox before it scampered into the bushes. Although […]

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New Zealand, Lake Taupo Bird

Nov 21 2010

On my way from Wellington to Lake Taupo on New Zealands North Island we stopped off at a viewing point at the start of Lake Taupo, about 45 minutes from the main town. There I took some nice shots of the lake, a storm coming from the East and the black swans which were swimming close to the shore. The main star of the shoot was this small bird, obviously very tame, which at every opportunity was jumping into shot. I like this shot as the detail on the bird is quite sharp and the depth of field / aperture […]

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