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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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Kingfisher

A few recent shots of a female Kingfisher taken in Northchurch, Berkhamsted.

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Blue Tits Providing

Relentless, just relentless, is the only way to describe expectant blue tits.  The blue tits in my garden are currently providing for their chicks in my bird box.  For approximately 16 hours a day they work together non-stop in their efforts to collect small green caterpillars to feed their chicks.

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The Stunning Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is a truly stunning place and I highly recommend a visit.  My shots were taken on a chilly but sunny day with all of the snow at high level.  The scenes below include Cairngorm mountain near Aviemore, home to the best snow sports in Scotland, however, on the day there was little activity due to the lack of snow on the slopes.  My plan to revisit the following day was put on hold due to an overnight 20cm fall of snow, which would no doubt have resulted in the imminent resumption of activities on the mountain.

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Ashridge Estate – Bluebells

I have taken photos of bluebells in the past but only whilst ambling round the countryside.  Therefore, I decided to visit National Trust Ashridge which claims to be one of the best places in the UK to see bluebells – I was not disappointed: Dockey Wood,  part of the estate, has vast swathes of bluebells, both out in the open and within treelines of the surrounding woodland.  I now understand why Ashridge estate is so popular, in particular the stunning bluebells.  All shots taken with a Nikon D750 and 90mm macro, 24 -70mm and 70-200mm lenses.

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V&A Dundee

The much anticipated V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, finally opened on 15 Sep 18.  Expecting 500,000 visitors in its first year that target was met in only six months and thus far has been a resounding success.  The museum, the only V&A outside of London is located in a prime spot on Dundee’s rejuvenated waterfront and extends out on to the silvery Tay.  The shots below are only a few of the very interesting exhibits which form part of the Scottish design galleries.

 

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