Who Doesn’t Love A Robin?

This weeks blog post returns to how my photography journal began; garden birds with a few floral shots thrown in for good measure.

It amazing on how a few colourful blooms displaying in a once bare patch of land, can brighten the spirits.

The Grape hyacinths are in full bloom at present and it’s hard to resist not to shoot them. I’ve have fun playing around with the edits of these shots, making these already striking flowers front and centre.

Having returned to garden photography this past week, bird captures are usually my main aim to capture and you can always guarantee a Robin to appear.

These fiesty little birds are not generally thrown by my presence. Sometimes it seems as if they do not mind posing for a snap. They are a bird for all seasons and it’s been lovely seeing their red breast against the spring greens which are starting to emerge.

And who doesn’t love a Robin? On various feeds where Robin shots have been displayed they are generally well recieved. My own Robin pictures are some of my most liked content. It’s easy to see why, they definitely hold a charm even though they are quite boisterous.

The beginning of this week I decided to visit a local nature reserve. Upton Warren: it’s managed by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and is a fantastic place for birdwatching.

Unfortunately I can only display 3 photographs for this location, as at present my laptop is inactive. I am slightly worried that at this point my laptop will not be able to be fixed, which means any recent shoots I have done will be lost. I do try to transfer my images each month either to a cloud service or external hard drive as I hate losing content.

I am trying to stay positive that this is not the case but my anxiety is making it hard. I hope you enjoy what I am able to provide this week and wish you all a good week.

Back to Nature

It’s such a great feeling to be getting back to the norm after all the festivities of Christmas and the new year. Getting back to routine and being able to blog again is brilliant, the laptop is fixed and with a brand new year; it brings new hopes and new possibilities.

The first few days of this new year I have gone back to one of my joys and to how this blog began, nature photography.

The hedgerow has been a hive of activity; with lots of birds coming to the feeder; laden with mixed seeds and nuts, which at this time of year serves as a lifeline to our resident species.

The visiting Robins have been constantly singing, their song ringing out around the garden, making even the dullest grey day bearable. These brave little birds are always close when I am out shooting, probably waiting to see if I will provide them more food. As they perch in the hedgerow it appears like they are posing for me, and who wouldn’t blame them, they are very striking with their red breast, making them stand out in the bare hedges.

A new visitor to the garden has been the Coal Tit. At first I mistook it for a Great Tit variant, but the more I observed the more I realised this was a new visitor. There has been a lot of fierce competition around the feeder especially when groups of tits (Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit and now the Coal Tit) and sparrows are around. The Coal Tits have had no trouble holding their own. I look forward to seeing them return to the garden in the coming year (fingers crossed).

Speaking of other Tit varieties, the Long Tailed Tit has been a regular visitor to the garden since last summer. They are very charismatic tiny birds, they come into the garden all of a sudden, in groups and as soon as they arrive, they leave. They tend to evade me when I have the camera out, until that is, this weekend where I managed to capture two photos with them about to fly.

I am so pleased with the outcome of those photos, going forward, with my nature photography in particular I would like to shoot more birds in flight.

The last picture for this week is the first quarter moon of the year. The sky was really clear and the moon was bright, it was not a hard decision to get the camera out to shoot.

It may be of interest to some to note, the first full moon of the year (wolf moon) will be the 10th January and is meant be a penumbral eclipse (meaning the moon doesn’t pass through the full shadow of the Earth which should hopefully give the moon a pinkish/red shade) so I am wishing the night sky will be just as clear then.

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Looking ahead, a few goals for my 2020 are; to hopefully to travel to new locations, to try new photography genres and to blog regularly. I am very excited to see where this year takes me. Has anyone else made any resolutions or goals?

Below are my first photos of the year, going back to where the blog began; nature photography, a fitting start for 2020.

Weekly Watch

12th – 18th August 2019

From the lack of photography last week; this week has been distinctly better. Hooray!!

One of the reasons for this; I have finally been able to make the jump to a full framed DSLR. I am aware that this may not mean much to some. In Layman’s term; it’s a much improved camera.

Disclaimer: that is not to say my photos will be distinctly better (I am very much an amateur) I’ve been getting used to using it and there has been a lot of experimenting with settings (I won’t bore you with the technicalities, as I’d probably get it wrong anyway!).

So there has been lots of practising, whenever I get the chance to. I continue to focus on the bird feeder for my subjects.

My hope for the near future; once I’m confident with the new kit is to scout out a few nature spots near me to one; vary the content for you the viewer and two; push myself out of my comfort zone, which in turn should help me improve! Fingers crossed!

There have been a couple of comedic shots, my personal favourite is the Juvenile Robin seemingly getting told off by the Great tit. I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

5th-11th August 2019

They say time is relative, this week I have completely understood this concept. It only seems like yesterday that I had posted my latest weekly and now I am typing my next one.

I really don’t know where my time has gone, I’ve constantly felt like I am trying to catch up with myself all week (am I making sense?). Work commitments, family life and a new camera may have contributed to this but it could also just be one of those weeks.

There is a grand total of two photographs for this weekly, one House sparrow and one juvenile Robin (I think; correct me if I am wrong).

Although they could be classed as just “common birds” I find them fascinating, I am very thankful to have so many reside in this area. They are such fun to watch; constantly jostling for the best position on the feeder.

It doesn’t matter how many times I photograph the same species I always manage to see something different, something new.

Talking about “something new” (yes that is a cheesy link!) alongside this blog; in pushing the boundaries of exhibiting my photography, I entered a local “fete” in the wildlife photography category.

Even though I didn’t place; it was a huge positive step for me. I am always unsure of my own shots, I’m hoping this pushes me to improve and maybe re-enter next year! I will include the two entered photos with this weekly.

I hope you enjoy them and fingers crossed for more wildlife next week.

Weekly Watch

29th July – 4th August 2019

This week has been a mix of joy and sadness.

Lets begin with the good, the Goldfinches, Nuthatch and the Vole that had visited the bird feeder for the first time last week have returned to my delight. I was worried I’d never see them in the garden again. (No photo of the Vole, it was too quick for me this time.

I did manage this week to capture a lovely moment between a House Sparrow and their young. It doesn’t matter how many times I photograph the same species I always get something different. They are never dull.

Then to the sadness, I received some horrible news this week that a family friend had passed away suddenly and without warning. It has been devastating and a huge shock to all those who knew them. Life really has a cruel way of putting things into perspective.

My first photo I am sharing is that of a Robin, I dedicate this photo to our friend.

Growing up I was told of a superstition where Robins were a symbol connected to grief. They are meant to carry the souls of those we have loved and lost. If one were to visit you, it was meant to be your loved one; trying to reassure you that they are OK. I cannot admit that I am a big believer of such things, I can only hope that there is some truth to it.