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Category : Wildlife Photography

08 Sep 2014
Kingfisher type photo New Zealand - Bird Photo

Kingfisher type bird in New Zealand

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 […]

25 Jun 2014
Robin Red Breast on a Tree Stump

Robin on Tree Stump

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. […]

12 Apr 2014
Bee on Flower full of Pollen

Spring Bee Photoshoot

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 […]

02 Mar 2014
Ladybird on a leaf

Ladybird out for a Walk

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 […]

20 Aug 2013
Bees landing on Flowers - Summer Bees and Summer Flowers

Summer Flower and Bees – An Exercise in Patience

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 […]

08 Jul 2012
Chicks in Dunmore East - Seagull Chicks Feeding 2

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

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 […]

26 Mar 2012
Meerkat - Compare my Meerkat - Fota Wildlife Park Meerkat or Meercat - Cute photo

Compare My Meerkat – 12/Project 52

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 […]

20 Mar 2012
Heron standing on weir in Cahir

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

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 […]

19 Feb 2012
Grey squirrel with a red head - squirrel photo - photo of a squirrel, a grey / gray squirrel

Grey Squirrel with a Red Head – 7/Project 52

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 […]

22 Sep 2011
Fox on the Avenue, my first Fox photo - but its not Megan Fox !

My First Fox Photo – Photo of the Week

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 […]

21 Nov 2010
Small Bird at Lake Taupo, New Zealand

New Zealand, Lake Taupo Bird

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. […]