John Mallaney

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Wren

A few shots of a wren ruffling his feathers, presumably displaying some mating behaviour.  Taken a Wilstone reservoir near Tring, Hertfordshire.

 

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Osprey Fishing

A few shots of an Osprey fishing at Horn Mill trout farm near Oakham, Leicestershire.  We had an early evening session in the hide and thought we were out of luck until the osprey paid a visit with only an hour left.  Fortunately, the osprey made four dives in that final hour, each dive lasts only 8 seconds so there was a great deal of panic in trying to capture a sharp (ish) shot.  On this occasion the osprey flew away from the hide but that’s wildlife photography for you.  The osprey in question is 28 (10), a male osprey who fledged from Site B at Rutland water nature reserve in 2010.  

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Chaffinch

A bonnie wee male chaffinch posing in the snow at Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms.

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Great Crested Grebe with Crayfish

A few shots of a great crested grebe having just caught what I believe to be a crayfish.  The shots range from the initial catch to the demise of the poor crayfish, it’s always amazing to see the size of fish that a Grebe can handle.  Taken at Wilstone reservoir near Tring in Hertfordshire.

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White Mallard

Mallard ducks are probably the most common ducks in the UK, however, a white mallard is slightly more unusual.  I stopped for this mallard as the sunlight partially illuminated its white feathers and whilst preening, it emphasised the unique textures and shape of its feathers.

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Blue Tit Home Delivery

A fast enough shutter speed (1/2000 sec) allows you to freeze motion and in this case, see the wonderful shape of the wings and body shape of a blue tit just prior to entering a hole just over an inch in dimeter at very fast speeds.  The blue tits are busily feeding their chicks with small caterpillars on an almost incessant basis so the opportunity was not to be missed.  These in-flight shots were taken with a long lens well away from the nest box using a wireless remote to release the shutter.

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Greylag with Goslings

A few shots of a Greylag goose with goslings taken at Wilstone reservoir in Tring, Hertfordshire.

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Northern Gannets in Flight

A few shots of Northern gannets in flight at Bass Rock, North Berwick, Scotland.

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Great Crested Grebes Confrontation

The message is simple here, don’t come in between a pair of courting great crested grebes.  The unwanted visitor was quickly dealt with and left with a bruised ego.  The shots were taken at a distance and clearly it would have been better if the action was closer however, I suppose its not something you see every day.

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