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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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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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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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London Dove In Your Face – 24/Project52

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Jun 25 2012
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I went for a walk in St. James park near Buckingham Palace in London and found that the pigeons were very tame, in fact, when I held my had out, 2 of them landed on my arm. While I was doing this I thought I could capture some of the avian flapping action that was going on all around me. I upped the shutter speed to 1/1000s and locked the focus. 4 or 5 shots later I had the shot below as a pigeon was headed right for me, trying to intercept the 2 tourists who were feeding other birds […]

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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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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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