Author: blackie1957

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.

The Dipper

The River Greta is about two miles from our site, and has two species of bird I love to film – the Kingfisher and the Dipper. In 2018, the weather and river level were great for the Dipper to feed on small creatures for the young. When looking for the Kingfisher, I found the Dipper…

Goldfinch

With over 1.2 million Goldfinch breeding in the UK, the small bird is doing really well. Most stay in the UK all year round, with some migrating to Spain. The Goldfinch was captured and used as a caged bird with it’s beautiful call, just like the Canary. They feed on Sunflower, Thistle, and Teasel, and…

The Daily Blog

The daily blog will be dedicated to the photography images captured around the site and on my daily outings. This could be anything that my followers will find interesting, and not just animals, birds, insects and flowers. Keeping it interesting means having something totally different that I can capture and write about. Birds in the…

The 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.…

King on the river

What is that high pitched sound coming from the overhanging bushes touching the river? Was it it a Kingfisher? The sun came up over Ingleborough as I sat on the riverbank of the Greta waiting with my camera, hoping the King would show itself.  Six am, I poured a coffee from my flask and got…

Red Fox

The sly red fox has managed to be very secretive in all my attempts to film it. The number of times I saw a glimpse of red moving through the undergrowth – it was there, but no image captured. The poor old fox is a bone of contention – some like it and others not.…

The Jay

The Jay flew into the hide area. I could not wait to capture the bird with the pink plumage and bright blue feathers. They came for peanuts on the tree stump and once found, they would return until all the nuts had gone. In one visit it picked up 28 peanuts, filling it’s crop. At…

Wildlife Hide

When I first started out in photography, I never dreampt that I would have such special experiences. Back in 2014, we purchased a Static Van on Goodenbergh Country Holiday Park Low Bentham Lancaster. Little did we know that the site had around 60 species of bird plus Roe Deer, Red Fox, Brown Hare, Stoat and…

Beautiful Red

We ventured off the road and down a track, looking down into a lovely valley with a stream. Sheep covered the whole valley. The baby lambs were older, and played chase back and forth along the stream bank. As we walked, the pine forest got thicker with man made gaps to prevent the spread of…

Olly the little Orange Frog

Hello little orange frog. It is a sunny day, and we have disturbed your hiding place. Let me guide you over to our pond were you can cool down and find refuge. Jump, leap, jump, splash – your’re in, and safe from predators. Where did your friend go who was with you? Maybe tonight, when…

Welcome to the world of Insects

Just after lockdown I wanted to look for another style of photography, and having a camera with a fantastic resolution I decided to enter the world of Macro photography. Macro photography means shooting at a magnification ratio of at least 1:1 and a ‘true’ macro lens has the ability to produce a magnification ratio of 1:1. Macro photography  is extreme…

Early Morning Photography

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…

Lens Extender

Since getting my first camera and lens, I always wanted more reach. Having a 400mm lens on an APSC camera gives you a magnification of 1.6, so this is a great way to get you closer to the subject. Having both Canon and Olympus made life a little easier to get closer to the subject,…

12 Month Sony Review

Coming from camera brand I loved was a big jump and some say a gamble, but I made the right choice with some simple requirements for my needs. Wildlife and birds being my main style was very important to me so the image quality had to exceptional. Focus tracking had to be on the next…