Early Morning Photography

Roe Deer Sony A7r4 + Sony 200-600mm Lens

Being in plaster from April this year has had a big impact on my love for wildlife photography and getting out with my camera.

When we arrived back at our static van in July, there was a small chance that my passion could restart.

My darling wife Ruth is amazing and we quickly came up with a plan to build a feeding station so I could capture birds in and around the feeding area.

Within a few days the birds were coming in and I managed to get some fantastic images in flight.

The art of capturing birds in flight is the hardest form of photography as it takes skill and hours of practice to master – its not about getting the best camera gear you can buy.

After a few weeks the weather picked up and the urge to venture to the area near the Hide was too great.

With the permission of my wife, the plan was made to get up early and use my electric scooter to get within a safe distance to sit and wait for the anything to appear.

Brown Hare

The scooter gives me a great advantage of stealth with the minimum sound coming from the machine; this was the case yesterday morning when going down a small lane near the site.

As I went past a gate something caught my eye in the field. A Brown Hare was munching away on the fresh grass shoots. Easing off the throttle, the scooter came to a stand still.

I checked my camera settings and slowly looked through the viewfinder; I also checked the data on my screen to make sure it all looked ok (there was a time I didn’t check my data and came home with images that couldn’t be used – never again!).

Having knowledge of the Hare was important – I knew that if you stand directly if front of them they can’t see you. As it turned to the side, I stood still and got this image.

Another lovely morning later, and the equipment was all ready for a trip to the woods, an area where I know the Red Fox, Roe Deer and Brown Hare visit daily.

Making my way down the track on the scooter is slow due to undulating ground. I arrived at a small stream and picked a route that would be safe.

Just as I was safely across the stream, the worst thing that could happen did – my camera hit the ground. It had come loose on my sling and when I checked it, the back LCD screen had a crack in it. Luckily, I remembered I had fitted a protective screen, and it worked – phew!

After cleaning the camera, the grass to my left started to move and a Male Roe deer ventured out into a clearing and looked in my direction.

There was little wind so there was no chance it would get my scent, and it moved away to my left into a wooded area.

Next moving through the undergrowth was a female Red Fox, but I only got a quick sighting of her – if the weather is good in the morning I will be back out and ready to capture some images of her.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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