The Great Spotted Woodpecker

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Knock! Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The hide at Goodenbergh opened a new world of bird photography for me; birds I had only heard about, seen in the distance or had a quick glance of a species.

Sat in my tranquil hide, I began to see and learn about bird behaviour, bird calls, friendly mating calls, and alert calls for danger.

When I sit in silence, I enter ‘the zone’; it is hard to explain, but I forget everything that’s going on in the angry world. Life just slows down, giving me a sense of peace and calm. Just me and the camera.

I even learnt about the different sound that certain trees make.

The Beech tree

sounding like sea shells

being softly hit

by small waves.

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

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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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