Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley: Blog http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley (Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:52:00 GMT Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:52:00 GMT Northern Cardinals http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/northern-cardinals After a bit of a break I am now posting again. First the final couple of posts from last year' strip to Florida - soon more from the Lake District, and birds from the UK.
 

Northern Cardinals

One of the birds we didn't see on our previous trip to Florida was the Northern Cardinal. On this visit though we saw quite a few. The male Cardinal is a very distinctive, brightly coloured bird - I was excited about the potential for some stunning images. Unfortunately, they were quite hard to photograph, as they stayed high in the trees or flitted from one branch to another. I got quite close to a group of birds in Disney's Animal Kingdom - but the dappled lighting and network of branches made it hard to get any decent images.

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For more images of these birds please go to the gallery here.
 

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Northern Cardinal http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/northern-cardinals Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:39:11 GMT
Osprey http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/osprey Osprey

Whilst it was great to see hawks and vultures, the bird of prey I particularly wanted to photograph was the Osprey. Obviously in the UK these birds are quite rare, and opportunities to photograph them quite specialised. Not so in Florida. Even 20 years ago in Florida I remember seeing them all over the place and remember commenting that they seemed as common as sparrows. Ironically, sparrows seemed to have declined since then - but there were still plenty of opportunities to see Ospreys in Florida.

My first opportunity to photograph Ospreys was as they few overhead whilst we were on the beach at Clearwater. I think they were flying to and from a nearby island where they famously nest (one for a specialist photographic trip rather than a family holiday).

 

OspreyOspreyClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

The next opportunity was on one of my early morning visits to Gatorland. As I pulled the car into the car park just outside, I happened to look up to the top of a tree just the other side of the wall. At the top of the tree, bathed in early morning light, was an Osprey!! I couldn't believe my luck - although noticed that as I took photos, other photographers didn't - maybe an indication of the fact these birds are not seen as a rarity in those parts.

 

OspreyOspreyGatorland, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyGatorland, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Later in the morning I managed to grab a single shot (cropped here) as the same bird started fishing in one of the large pools.

 

OspreyOspreyGatorland, Florida, USA

 

But the closest I got to an Osprey was when I was least expecting it - and it proved again the worth of carrying my camera and 100-400mm lens around with me, as they were taken whilst we were shopping!! Just as we were coming out of the Lego store at Disney Springs, an Osprey flew right overhead. I quickly lifted my camera and fired off a few shots - in many respects they are the photos I am most pleased with from the whole trip!!

 

OspreyOspreyDisney Springs, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyDisney Springs, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyDisney Springs, Florida, USA

 

OspreyOspreyDisney Springs, Florida, USA

 

For more images of these amazing birds please go to the Osprey gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Osprey http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/osprey Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:57:50 GMT
Red Shouldered Hawk & Black Vulture http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/red-shouldered-hawk-black-vulture Red Shouldered Hawk & Black Vulture

Where I live in south Lincolnshire we are fortunate to see range of birds of prey - from Kestrels and Buzzards, Tawny Owls and Barn Owls, to the glorious Red Kite. But although we see these birds quite frequently, they rarely come within photographable range, and if they do, I don't have my camera with me.

This is not the case in Florida. There are a range of birds to be seen and they seem more accustomed to humans than the birds in the UK. This post includes images of two species, the Red Shouldered Hawk and the Black Vulture.

The Red Shouldered Hawk is a medium-sized hawk, with broad, rounded wings and medium-length tails that they fan out when soaring. In flight, they often glide or soar with their wingtips pushed slightly forward, with a distinctive, “reaching” posture. Adults are colorful hawks with dark-and-white checkered wings and warm reddish barring on the breast. The tail is black with narrow white bands. Immatures are brown above and white below streaked with brown. All ages show narrow, pale crescents near the wingtips in flight.

Red-shouldered Hawks soar over forests or perch on tree branches or utility wires. This particular bird, flew directly over our rental house in Kissimmee as we were getting in the car - against the light but thankfully I managed to grab a couple of images.

 

Red Shouldered HawkRed Shouldered HawkKissimmee, Florida, USA

 

Red Shouldered HawkRed Shouldered HawkKissimmee, Florida, USA

 

We saw two species of Vulture in Florida, the Turkey Vulture and the Black Vulture. Turkey Vultures could be soaring high on the thermals above many of the themes parks - but they were always far to far way for photography. The smaller, Black Vulture, on the other hand, was a lot more confiding, allowing quite a close approach in places like Gatorland and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The following images are all from Gatorland.

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

Black VultureBlack VultureGatorland, Florida, USA

 

For more Red Shouldered Hawk images please go to the gallery here.

For more Black Vulture images please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Black Vulture Red Shouldered Hawk http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/red-shouldered-hawk-black-vulture Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:33:34 GMT
Garden Birds 2017 - part 1 http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/garden-birds-2017---part-1 Garden Birds 2017 - part 1

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know that one of my favourite photographic challenges at this time of year is photographing garden birds.  I set up a hide in my garden, with a series of attractive perches, with the hope of photographing the birds on the way to bird feeders close by. Using this approach I have successfully photographed a range of bird species only feet from my back door and the warmth and comfort of home. 

One of the things I have never tried before is introducing water into the photos. I have seen other photos, professional and amateur, at setups similar to mine, but with the birds bathing, drinking or simply reflected in a pool of water. This year I have decided to give this a go.

The opportunities for photography have been limited this year, with work commitments,  my new found love of running, and some very gloomy weather, particularly at weekends. In setting up a reflection pool I have blatantly copied the approach taken by a fellow photographer, who published details of his setup on facebook. I would strongly recommend reading this post if you are interested in doing this kind of thing ( I will provide a link in a subsequent post).

Even with this guide it is quite difficult to get things right - and I don't think I am there yet. I will provide more details soon. In the meantime here are a few images of common garden birds, taken on the perches I have set up alongside the pool. The 150-600mm lens means you can really fill the frame, even with the smallest of birds, and the fact that it is a zoom lens allows a range of compositions. 

 

Firstly Blue tits.

Blue TitBlue TitPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire  

 

Blue TitBlue TitPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

Blue TitBlue TitPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

Also a Great Tit.

Great TitGreat TitPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

And one of a pair of Robins that live in our garden.

RobinRobinPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

RobinRobinPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

RobinRobinPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

RobinRobinPrivate Location, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 

More to come soon.........

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Blue Tit Great Tit Robin http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/garden-birds-2017---part-1 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:49:35 GMT
Wood Stork http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/wood-stork Wood Stork

The largest bird we saw at Gatorland rookery, and indeed on our entire trip to Florida, was the Wood Stork. A very large white bird, characterised by a dark naked head, the birds nest in the tree tops around the swamp, and can also be seen feeding in the pools alongside the boardwalk. When feeding they keep their head down and walk, unlike some birds who remain motionless waiting for prey. 

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Wood StorkWood StorkGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

For more Wood Stork images please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Gatorland Wood Stork http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/wood-stork Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:07:05 GMT
Little Blue Heron http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/little-blue-heron Little Blue Heron

On our first visit to Florida I had managed a few photos of one of the smaller species of heron, the Little Blue Heron. There were just one or two birds, but they showed quite well, sitting out on the bushes. On this trip, there were reports of one or two birds again, but they were very hard to find. When I did find them they were actually quite close, but well hidden on or near a nest in the reeds and vegetation by the side of the trail.

 

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

 

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

 

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

One bird in particular, was close enough for a full head shot using my 100-400mm lens.

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Little Blue HeronLittle Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

For more Little Blue Heron images please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Gatorland Little Blue Heron http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/little-blue-heron Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:40:11 GMT
Great Blue Heron http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/great-blue-heron Great Blue Heron

I still have quite a few images to process from Florida - so here are a few more from my two visits to Gatorland Bird Rookery. 

One of the largest birds I photographed was the Great Blue Heron. Superficially very similar to the Grey Heron we see in the UK, they stand motionless when finishing, making for some interesting images. 

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

I was also fortunate to be able to get some action shots - first a series of images of a bird shaking its feathers dry.

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

And secondly a series of one bird fishing. The light was quite harsh by this stage but I was pleased to catch the moment the bird stuck into the water. 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronGatorland Rookery, Florida, USA

 

For more images of these magnificent birds please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Gatorland Great Blue Heron http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/great-blue-heron Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:43:09 GMT
Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill & Wether Hill http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/bonscale-pike-arthurs-pike-loadpot-hill-wether-hill Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill & Wether Hill

My final Lake District walk of 2016, and the finale of my weekend in the Lakes with Duncan, saw a walk in the eastern Martindale Fells, gaining 4 more Wainwrights and taking in some very impressive views along Ullswater.

I have visited the Martindale area on a number of occasions, walking nearby fells and visiting the summit of Hallin Fell on more than one occasion. The area is a part of the Lakes you most definitely have to decide to go to, as it requires a drive all the way along the southern shore of Ullswater, to park at St Peter's Church at the foot of Hallin Fell. But instead of romping up the side of Hallin Fell, we set off in the opposite direction, past the church, down over the Fusedale Beck, to Mellguards and, with increasingly impressive views, up to Bonscale Pike (524m). From Bonscale Pike we continued along the fell top, taking in the views over Ullswater, before heading inland to the summit of Arthur's Pike (533m). From there we headed inland to complete a circular route via Loadpot Hill (672m)and Wether Hill (670m), descending via the side of Steel Knotts and back to our cars.

When we were sat in the Brother's Water Inn having breakfast, I don't think either of us had appreciated quite how steep the initial climb was going to be  Looking at the map now, the contours are very close together!! I don't think it is much of an exaggeration to say that at one stage I only had to lean forward slightly to put my hands on the grass slope in front of me. But the views were spectacular and well worth the climb - with an overall walk of about 7.5 miles just right before the journey home.

   Bonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill & Wether HillBonscale Pike, Arthur's Pike, Loadpot Hill & Wether HillRecorded on Suunto Ambit 3 Peak watch
2 October 2016

 

When you travel down to Martindale you gain a little bit of height above lake level, with some interesting roads on route. St Peter's church is located in a bit of a dip and the views of the Lake only start to open up as you walk in either direction. The start of our walk was relatively flat, allowing a bit of time to get our legs warmed up. Soon, the views down Ullswater started to open up.

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we started to climb, the views opened up down Martindale behind us, with Hallin Fell prominent in the view.

Hallin Fell & MartindaleHallin Fell & MartindaleLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

But it was the views down Ullswater that really took the eye.

Hallin Fell & UllswaterHallin Fell & UllswaterLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we got higher, we could see over the top of Hallin Fell to the lake beyond.

Hallin Fell & UllswaterHallin Fell & UllswaterOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Hallin Fell & UllswaterHallin Fell & UllswaterOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

For a few minutes, the Ullswater steamer added some human interest to scene, creating lovely patterns in the water behind it.

Ullswater viewUllswater viewOn route to Bonscale Pike
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

From Bonscale Fell the views were also specular looking north.

Ullswater viewUllswater viewLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

With the Bonscale Towers just beneath us.

Bonscale TowersBonscale TowersLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Hallin Fell & UllswaterHallin Fell & UllswaterLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Hallin Fell & UllswaterHallin Fell & UllswaterLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Our next summit was Arthur's Pike, the summit of which is inland - and largely without views. The views are far more spectacular from the bigger cairn nearby.

Ullswater viewUllswater viewFrom large cairn near Arthur's Pike summit
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewFrom large cairn near Arthur's Pike summit
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Ullswater viewUllswater viewLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

There is a second cairn further inland - still with views - but still not yet at the summit of Arthur's Pike.

Ullswater view, Arthur's Pike (near summit)Ullswater view, Arthur's Pike (near summit)Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

From the summit of Arthur's Pike you would struggle to know there is a lake there.

Arthur's Pike summitArthur's Pike summitLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The route then took us inland and on to the two highest summits of the walk, Loadpot Hill and Wether Hill. Neither have particularly spectacular summits - Loadpot Hill has a large stone pillar, with Wether Hill summit marked by just a small pile of stones.

Our return route took us down along Martindale, with the light and shadow playing constantly across the valley floor

 

Martindale LightMartindale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Martindale LightMartindale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

 

Martindale LightMartindale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

It had been a great walk on a beautiful day - a good one to have as my last Lakeland walk of the year. I am already looking forward to more in 2017!

 

For more images from this walk please go to the gallery here.

And for those of you who enjoy my Lake District posts - I still have some more photos to process from walks in 2015. From memory some of the best walks I have done, with some great light and great views. And my next trip is only 3 months away!!

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Arthur's PIke Bonscale Fell Loadpot Hill Ullswater Wether Hill http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/bonscale-pike-arthurs-pike-loadpot-hill-wether-hill Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:41:33 GMT
Frampton - Lapwing & Corn Bunting http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton---lapwing-corn-bunting Frampton - Lapwing & Corn Bunting

On my return back from the East Hide I was able to get more practice at a few flight shots. The manfrotto tripod makes a huge difference in being able to manoeuvre into position with the added bonus of being free standing (unlike the monopod which you always have to hold up somehow).

The slower, bobbing flight of the Lapwing should make it easier to photograph in flight - again I think I just need a bit more practice! I managed to get a few groups shots.

 

LapwingsLapwingsFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

LapwingsLapwingsFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

LapwingsLapwingsFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

I also managed to capture a Black Tailed Godwit in amongst the Lapwing.

 

Black Tailed Godwit with LapwingsBlack Tailed Godwit with LapwingsFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

I managed to get one final set of images as I returned along the path reserve. I have previously photographed Corn Buntings at Frampton during the summer - with their strident calls being heard across the reserve. On this occasion, one isolated bird sat singing high amongst some bare branches to the side of the path. Thankfully it was quite a confiding bird and I was able to move the tripod closer and closer, taking images as I went.

 

Corn BuntingCorn BuntingFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Corn BuntingCorn BuntingFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Corn BuntingCorn BuntingFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

My best images though were when the bird briefly flew back the way I had just come. I quickly picked up the tripod and was able to approach quite close and get a couple of really pleasing shots, as the bird perched on a branch with a completely uncluttered background.

 

Corn BuntingCorn BuntingFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Corn BuntingCorn BuntingFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Overall I was pleased with my tripod on its first outing - it is considerably lighter than my uniloc, and more practical than my monopod in most circumstances. And as always, I was just pleased to get out and take some photos - and I can't wait to get out again!

 

For more Lapwing images please go to the gallery here.

For more Corn Bunting images please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Black Tailed Godwit Corn Bunting Frampton Lapwing http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton---lapwing-corn-bunting Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:08:46 GMT
Frampton - Black Tailed Godwit http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton---black-tailed-godwit Frampton - Black Tailed Godwit

As I entered the East Hide, it was clear that there was a photographer already in the hide...with a flock of Black Tailed Godwit right in front of him!! I very very carefully set up my tripod and settled down next to him - thankfully I hadn't disturbed the birds! The light was glorious and I took a few initial images, with the only real difficulty being isolating one bird from another as they fed along the shoreline in front of us. All of a sudden though, something spooked the birds and they flew off to the centre of the reserve. But they returned a short time later, and whilst I would have liked them to stay longer, I was happy with the selection of images I was able to get. 

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

 

Black Tailed GodwitBlack Tailed GodwitFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

Black Tailed GodwitsBlack Tailed GodwitsFrampton Marsh
Lincolnshire, England, UK

 

For more images of these gorgeous godwits please go the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Black Tailed Godwit Frampton http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton---black-tailed-godwit Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:14:14 GMT
Frampton - Brent Geese http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton-brent-geese Frampton - Brent Geese & Wigeon

Those of you that read my blog frequently will know that I am really pleased with my new Sigma 150-600 Sport lens. It takes sharp images, and the extra reach is fantastic. But it is a heavy lens. Up until recently I have carried it on my Manfrotto monopod, using a Lensmaster Gimbal head. And that works well, but has one major drawback - you can't just let go like you can when using a tripod!! And the lens is far too heavy to carry round on my 4kg uniloc 1600 major. So before Christmas I decided to take advantage of Black Friday deals, and I became the proud owner of a Manfrotto CX055 carbon fibre tripod.   

My first opportunity to try out the new tripod came with a morning visit to Frampton Marsh. I was keen to see how much the carbon fibre made a difference, and Frampton provided the ideal opportunity as you have to walk some distance from one hide to the next.  I arrived not long after first light on a beautifully clear morning. I had never really been to Frampton at this time of year before and was keen to see how many birds were around.

In terms of photography, the East Hide, at the far end of the reserve is best first thing in the morning. As I headed round there, it became clear that  I would cross the general flight path that flocks of Brent Geese were taking over the reserve, landing in a field nearby. I positioned myself at various points, with the camera set to AI servo, and tried a few flight shots. 

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK  

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK  

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

 

Brent GeeseBrent GeeseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Using the Sigma lens on a Gimbal head and tripod really did help - but I think I still need a lot of practice!! I managed just one half decent shot of an individual brent goose as it flew overhead.

 

Brent Goose in flightBrent Goose in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

And it wasn't just Brent Geese flying over and around the reserve. I also managed to grab some shot of Wigeon as they flew over the reserve path.

 

Wigeon in flightWigeon in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Wigeon in flightWigeon in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Wigeon in flightWigeon in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Wigeon in flightWigeon in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Wigeon in flightWigeon in flightFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

Once I got to the East hide I was also able to take this portrait on an individual bird in the early morning light.

Brent GooseBrent GooseFrampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK

 

But it was the other birds, right in front on the hide, that I was really pleased to see....

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Brent Geese Frampton Wigeon http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/frampton-brent-geese Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:28:10 GMT
Brown Pelican and Double Crested Cormorant http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/brown-pelican-and-double-crested-cormorant Brown Pelican and Double Crested Cormorant

After a day on Clearwater Beach we took a quick trip along the coast to Clearwater seafront to look around. I took an opportunity to go to the end of Clearwater Pier. I was interested to see if there were birds at the end of the pier, in the same way that there had been on Cocoa Pier on our trip to Florida a few years ago. In doing so I managed to get close to 3 different species of birds. I have already posted images of the first of these - the Great Egret - please go to the blog post here for these photos.

One of the birds we had seen on Cocoa Pier was the Brown Pelican - and I had seen them from Clearwater Beach during the day, from where I had managed a couple of flight shots.

 

Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

I was delighted to find they were on the end of Clearwater Pier too. . Obviously accustomed to humans the birds sat on the rails of the pier, allowing for some great close up images of both adult and juvenile birds.

Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Pier, Florida, USA Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Pier, Florida, USA Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Pier, Florida, USA Brown PelicanBrown PelicanClearwater Pier, Florida, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third bird I was able to photograph on the pier was the Double Crested Cormorant. These birds sat slightly further away, on top of posts that presumably exist to protect the pier from waves and any stray boats that may come too close.

At the end of the day I was able to take one these birds in silhouette, alongside the pier.

 

Double Crested CormorantDouble Crested CormorantClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

But the best shots were taken from the pier itself, where one bird in particular sat sunning its wings.

 

Double Crested CormorantDouble Crested CormorantClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Double Crested CormorantDouble Crested CormorantClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Double Crested CormorantDouble Crested CormorantClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Double Crested CormorantDouble Crested CormorantClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

For more images of Brown Pelicans please go to the gallery here.

For more images of the Cormorants please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Brown Pelican Clearwater Double Crested Cormorant http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/brown-pelican-and-double-crested-cormorant Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:48:55 GMT
Willet http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/willet Willet

One of the birds I was hoping to see on the beach in Florida was the Willet. I remember seeing, and photographing, these birds on honeymoon on the same beach over 20 years ago.

Willets are large, stocky shorebirds with long legs and thick, straight bills considerably longer than the head. Their wings are broader and rounder than those of many shorebirds and the tail is short and squared off at the base. Willets are often seen alone. They walk deliberately, pausing to probe for crabs, worms and other prey in sand and mudflats, or to pick at insects and mollusks. When startled, they react with a piercing call, often opening their wings and running rather than taking flight. This characteristic can be quite handy when taking photos - if the bird is disturbed, it remains in the vicinity rather than disappearing.

I was delighted to spend some time with a single bird as it fed along the shoreline.

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

WilletWilletClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

I took quite a few images of this bird - for more details of these images, and lots of others, please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Clearwater Beach Florida Willet http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/willet Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:25:21 GMT
Pike O'Blisco, Cold Pike & Crinkle Crags http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/pike-oblisco-cold-pike-crinkle-crags Pike O'Blisco, Cold Pike & Crinkle Crags

For the main walk of our weekend, Duncan and I chose to walk around the head of Langdale. I have previously climbed Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags, but had yet to climb four of the other peaks, two on one side and two on the other. To capture all 4 would mean a total of 6 peaks in one quite significant walk. So we decided to split the six peaks into two groups and concentrate this walk on climbing Pike O'Blisco (705m), Cold Pike (701m) and Crinkle Crags, coming back down The Band into the Langdale valley - a walk of nearly 9 miles. This route had the added bonus that I climbed the Crinkle Crags in the reverse order to my first climb.

 

Pike O'Blisco, Cold Pike & Crinkle CragsPike O'Blisco, Cold Pike & Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK
Recorded on Sunnto Ambit 3 Peak watch
1 October 2016

 

We parked in the National Trust car park at Dungeon Ghyll, from where we have started a number of walks in the past. And indeed the first part of the walk was quite familiar, taking us along the road and up past Wall End Farm, starting the steep, winding ascent which eventually takes you to Blea Tarn. But part way up our route took us to the right across the fell and up to Pike O'Blisco. The route was easy to find, and generally a steady incline, although there was one stretch that involved a short scramble.

As we gained height, the views back down Langdale Valley started to open up behind us.

Langdale Pikes and Langdale ValleyLangdale Pikes and Langdale ValleyFrom path up Pike O'Blisco
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Across the valley, the Langdale Pike stood proud against the skyline.

Langdale Pikes and Langdale ValleyLangdale Pikes and Langdale ValleyFrom path up Pike O'Blisco
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The summit of Pike O'Blisco has two tops, both of which are marked by large cairns. The northern cairn marks the highest point, from which the views are quite spectacular. In one direction you look over the summit shelter towards Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Scafell range beyond. The long ridge stretching from left from right is The Band - our route down later in the day.

Pike O'Blisco summit shelter (north summit)Pike O'Blisco summit shelter (north summit)Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Moving round to the right, you see the Langdale Pikes.

Langdale Pikes from Pike O'BliscoLangdale Pikes from Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Further round still you can see the full beauty of the Langdale valley.

Langdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLangdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

And yet further round still you can see the cairn on the southern summit, with Lake Windermere in the distance.

Lake Windermere over Pike O'Blisco south summirLake Windermere over Pike O'Blisco south summirLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

We spent a little while around the summit cairn, admiring the views in the changing light.

Pike O'Blisco north summit cairnPike O'Blisco north summit cairnLake District, Cumbria, UK

Langdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLangdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

Langdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLangdale Valley from Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we moved across to the southern summit we kept a close eye on an approaching rainstorm.

 

Approaching StormApproaching StormPike O'Blisco
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The changing light made for quite a dramatic scene.

Approaching storm, Pike O'BliscoApproaching storm, Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we descended Pike O'Blisco, we couldn't tell if or when we were going to get very wet!! 

 

Back towards Pike O'BliscoBack towards Pike O'BliscoLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Fortunately it stayed dry - and the light remained dramatic all around us.

Langdale LightLangdale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

Langdale LightLangdale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Our next stop was Cold Pike - a small diversion from the direct route between Pike O'Blisco and Crinkle Crags - but well worth it. Whilst the view from the summit of Cold Pike is slightly obscured in one direction,  you can see all the away across the fells to the coast in the other.

Coastal view from Cold Pike summitCoastal view from Cold Pike summitLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we moved on towards Crinkle Crags, the view of the Langdale Pikes returned.

Langdale DramaLangdale DramaLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

And we were able to look back down towards Pike O'Blisco where we had been earlier in the day.

Pike O'Blisco from Crinkle CragsPike O'Blisco from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The head of the valley is marked by the Crinkle Crags - a series of rocky summits, each separated by distinct rocky descents and climbs and each having its own cairn. We were still a bit uncertain about the weather so we kept going, stopping only occasionally to take photos. 

 

Langdale from Crinkle CRagsLangdale from Crinkle CRagsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale from Crinkle CragsLangdale from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale from Crinkle CragsLangdale from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale from Crinkle CragsLangdale from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

This image looks back over the route we came up.

Back towards Pike O'Blisco from Crinkle CragsBack towards Pike O'Blisco from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale LightLangdale LightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale from Crinkle CragsLangdale from Crinkle CragsLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Towards the far end of the Crinkle Crags, the views open out in the other direction, towards Scafell and Scafell Pike (albeit shrouded on cloud).

Brroding skies over Scafell rangeBrroding skies over Scafell rangeFrom Crinkle Crags
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Brroding skies over Scafell rangeBrroding skies over Scafell rangeFrom Crinkle Crags
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Looking back in the other direction, the light was quite spectacular, with a distant rainbow adding to the overall drama of the scene.

Langdale lightLangdale lightFrom Crinkle Crags
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Langdale lightLangdale lightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Langdale lightLangdale lightLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As we descended The Band, the valley continued to be bathed in glorious evening light.

 

Evening Light, LangdaleEvening Light, LangdaleFrom The Band
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Evening Light, LangdaleEvening Light, LangdaleFrom The Band
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Evening Light, LangdaleEvening Light, LangdaleFrom The Band
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

I love the play of sunlight and shadow across the hills and the valley floor.

Evening Light, LangdaleEvening Light, LangdaleFrom The Band
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Evening Light, LangdaleEvening Light, LangdaleFrom The Band
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

It had been a fantastic day- a great walk with great company. Yet again, my ankle had made it up and down the hills with no problems at all, but caused a long slow hobble back to the car as soon as I hit the horizontal. But it had all been worth it and we had a few pints and good food to look forward to as well!!

 

For a lot more photos from this walk, please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) cold pike crinkle crags langdale langdale pikes pike o'blisco http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/pike-oblisco-cold-pike-crinkle-crags Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:50:32 GMT
Ruddy Turnstone http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/ruddy-turnstone Ruddy Turnstone

Another, smaller, wading bird on the beach that day was the Ruddy Turnstone. Again, similar to its UK counterpart, there were a number of these birds scurrying around the rocks and seaweed. Although they move quite quickly, they were very confiding, and I managed to capture a few images I was pleased with.

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy TurnstoneClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

For more images of these handsome little birds, please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Clearwater Beach Florida Ruddy Turnstone http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/ruddy-turnstone Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:10:26 GMT
American Oystercatcher http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/american-oystercatcher American Oystercatcher

Another set of photos from Florida!

It was not just gulls and terns that I photographed on Clearwater Beach - there were wading birds too. One such bird was the American Oystercatcher. Very similar to the Oystercatchers found in the UK, there were a few pairs of these birds at one end of the beach. Like the other birds there, they were obviously accustomed to humans, allowing a close approach with my 100-400mm lens. Being black and white birds, it was hard to photograph them against the white sand in bright sunlight!

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

American OystercatcherAmerican OystercatcherClearwater Beach, Florida, UK

 

For more photos of these birds please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) American Oystercatcher Clearwater Beach Florida http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/american-oystercatcher Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:35:09 GMT
Helm Crag, Gibson's Knott, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg & Silver How http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/helm-crag-gibsonss-knott-calf-crag-sergeant-man-blea-rigg-silver-how Helm Crag, Gibson's Knott, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg & Silver How

The final day of my first September weekend in the Lakes was gloomy and drizzly. The others decided to do a bit of shopping, so I did a solo climb to Dodd summit overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake - another Wainwright ticked off and a great, but damp way (no photos) to finish an excellent weekend! And I only had a few days before my return visit, this time with my best mate Duncan.

The usual pattern of my trips with Duncan is that I travel up early on the Friday, do a spot of walking and photography on my own, and then Duncan joins me for the weekend. And so again this time I planned a solo walk on the Friday, to take in as many new Wainwright's as possible.

However, as late as Thursday afternoon, I was seriously doubting if this was going to be possible. I have recently taken up jogging, and in the process tweaked something in the back of my left angle. This hadn't caused me any problems at all in the first weekend in the Lakes so I thought I would go for a quick 5km jog on the Wednesday. By Thursday I was hobbling around like an old man - would I be able to walk in the Lakes at all???!!!

My plan was to combine parts of two routes in my book, ascending Helm Crag to its famous summit (405m) before continuing over Gibson's Knott (421m) to Calf Crag (537m) and then on to Sergeant Man (736m). At this point I had a possible diversion round to the Langdale Pikes, to capture Thurnacar Knott. From then I would return back to the more obvious main route by ascending Blea Rigg (541m) before extending the circular route back to capture Silver How (395m) with its viewpoint over Grasmere and Rydal Water.

As Thursday progressed my ankle seemed to get a bit better, and so I decided to give my original plan a go. I could at least attempt Helm Crag, a popular route, so there should be other people walking if I got into trouble.

In the end I was fine. My ankle was a bit sore as I started, but as soon as I started to climb I forgot all about it. I missed out the diversion to Thurnacar Knott, descending straight down from Sergeant Man to Blea Rigg. It turned out to be the perfect length, as I was able to capture the views in late evening light from Silver How, before descending to the car still benefitting from the last remnants of daylight. It was a great walk, with spectacular views, and my ankle lasted the full 12 miles. Bizarrely though, I whilst I was fine walking in the hills, as soon as I got back to horizontal ground, I was hobbling again, a pattern that lasted the whole weekend!!

 

Helm Crag, Gibson's Knott, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg & Silver HowHelm Crag, Gibson's Knott, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg & Silver HowRecorded on Sunnto Ambit 3 Peak Watch
30 September 2016

 

My walk started in Grasmere village where I parked in the Easdale Car Park. The route to Helm Crag first takes you along the Easedale Road. I then followed a sign to Helm Crag that took me through the grounds of the Lancrigg Hotel. I had to check with someone that I was on the right track, but as I left the hotel grounds the route up to Helm Crag became clearer.

As I started to climb, the view opened up behind me of Grasmere lake with Loughrigg Fell behind.

 

Grasmere and Loughrigg FellGrasmere and Loughrigg FellFrom path up Helm Crag
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Grasmere and Loughrigg FellGrasmere and Loughrigg FellFrom path up Helm Crag
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Grasmere and Loughrigg FellGrasmere and Loughrigg FellFrom path up Helm Crag
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

A number of cairns mark the way. From this one, you can clearly see the route I have come up.

Grasmere and Loughrigg FellGrasmere and Loughrigg FellFrom route up Helm Crag
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Grasmere from path up Helm CragGrasmere from path up Helm CragLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

It is a steep climb, but soon the you reach a plateau with views towards and across the summit.

Helm CragHelm CragLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

There are some great views from the summit ridge path, leading to the main summit outcrop, known as the Howitzer. The light was great, with a faint rainbow adding to the overall grandeur of the scene.

 

The Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitThe Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitLake District, Cumbria, UK

   The Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitThe Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitLake District, Cumbria, UK  

The Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitThe Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitLake District, Cumbria, UK  

 

The Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitThe Howitzer, Helm Crag SummitLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The light and views across the Scandale Valley were quite spectacular.

 

Light over Greenburn Valley and Steel FellLight over Greenburn Valley and Steel FellLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

And towards Dunmail Raise.

 

Towards Dunmail RaiseTowards Dunmail RaiseLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Looking back as I carried on towards Gibson's Knott, you could see the Howitzer standing proud on the hill, with Grasmere lake down in the valley.

 

View back to the Lion & Lamb and GrasmereView back to the Lion & Lamb and GrasmereLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The summit of Gibson's Knott is quite indistinct. There are a number of summits with cairns, none of which seemed to correspond with the summit shown by my GPS. I kept taking images of the view behind.

 

Grasmere ViewGrasmere ViewFrom Gibsons Knot
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

And looking left across the valley towards Blea Rigg and the Langdale range.

 

Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The summit of Calf Crag is easier to find and offers great views down the valley and of the route I was to return down later in the day. 

 

Calf Crag summitCalf Crag summitLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

As you walk from Calf Crag towards Sergeant Man the view disappears and you climb steeply towards the next summit. Looking back you can clearly see Calf Crag summit. 

 

View back to Calf CragView back to Calf CragLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

By the time I reached Sergeant Man it was clear that I would have to leave Thurnacar Knott to another day. The view from the summit of Sergeant Man is great. I was particularly taken with the view of the Langdale Pikes and Stickle Tarn to my right - a perspective of this range that I hadn't seen before. The light was quite dramatic too!

 

Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn  from Sergeant ManHarrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn from Sergeant ManLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn  from Sergeant ManPavey Ark and Stickle Tarn from Sergeant ManLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

And Lake Windermere can be seen quite clearly in the distance.

Windermere from Sergeant ManWindermere from Sergeant ManLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

At the top, I started chatting to a young couple who I discovered live in Lincolnshire like I do. They noticed I was using my phone GPS and Viewranger app to navigate, so we walked together so that I could help ensure they found their route down back to Grasmere via Easdale Tarn. 

 

Easdale TarnEasdale TarnLake District, Cumbria, UK

Easdale TarnEasdale TarnLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Rather than go down to the tarn, my route kept high, along the ridge to Blea Rigg.

Blea Rigg viewBlea Rigg viewFrom Blea Rigg ridge
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

The views were spectacular along the entire ridge, here towards Lake Windermere.

 

Blea Rigg viewBlea Rigg viewFrom Blea Rigg ridge
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

But also right across the neighbouring valley towards the Coniston Fells.

 

Coniston Fells from Blea RiggConiston Fells from Blea RiggLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Windermere from Blea RiggWindermere from Blea RiggLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Lakeland LightLakeland LightFrom Blea Rigg
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Lakeland LightLakeland LightFrom Blea Rigg
Lake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Towards Windermere from Blea RiggTowards Windermere from Blea RiggLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

My final Wainwright of the day was Silver How. To include it as part of this walk meant missing several of the quicker routes back to the car - but it was worth it, with great views of Grasmere and Rydal Water.

 

Grasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowGrasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Grasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowGrasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

Grasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowGrasmere & Rydal Water from Silver HowLake District, Cumbria, UK

 

From here I made my way downhill and back to the car, just in time before it got dark. It had been a great day - a fantastic walk, in good light, and my ankle had behaved itself - and still two days of walking to go!!!

 

For more images from this walk please go to the gallery here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Blea Rigg Calf Crag Gibsons Knott Grasmere Helm Crag Langdale Pikes Sergeant Man Silver How Stickle Tarn http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/helm-crag-gibsonss-knott-calf-crag-sergeant-man-blea-rigg-silver-how Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:30:57 GMT
Clearwater Beach - Royal Tern http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/clearwater-beach---royal-tern Clearwater Beach - Royal Tern

It was fantastic to get close to the Sandwich Terns, but there was an even more impressive Tern on the beach as well. The Royal Tern is larger than the Sandwich Tern, with a large orange bill. Again the black feathers at the back of the bird's head form a crest.

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal TernRoyal TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

I was also fortunate to find pairs of birds on the beach as well.

Royal Tern pairRoyal Tern pairClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Royal Tern pairRoyal Tern pairClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

A low angle allows the birds to stand out from the beach in the background.

Royal Tern pairRoyal Tern pairClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

 

I  really enjoyed photographing these handsome birds. For more images of Royal Terns please go to the gallery here 

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Clearwater Beach Royal Tern http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/clearwater-beach---royal-tern Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:11:26 GMT
Clearwater Beach - Sandwich Tern http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/sandwich-tern Clearwater Beach - Sandwich Tern

It was nice to photograph gulls on Clearwater Beach, particularly two species I wouldn't normally see in the UK. But it wasn't the gulls that attracted me to walk further down the beach. There appeared to be a range of other species just a short distance away.

The first of these was a bird you can see in the UK. The Sandwich Tern is slightly bigger than the more frequently seen Common Tern. It is characterised by a long black bill with a yellow tip and black feet. The feathers on the back of its crown are elongated and form a crest, and it gains a white forehead during the nesting season. 

Whilst I have seen plenty of Sandwich Terns in the UK, it has always been from a distance. Along with seemingly most birds in Florida, these Sandwich Terns were quite easy to approach to take frame filling images with my 100-400mm lens.

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich Tern PairSandwich Tern PairClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Further details and more images of these birds can be found here.

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Clearwater Beach Sandwich Tern http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/sandwich-tern Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:32:22 GMT
Tri-Colored Heron - part 3 http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/tri-colored-heron---part-3 Tri-Colored Heron - part 3
 

There were numerous opportunities to photograph the Tri-Colored Heron.
 

Tri-Colored HeronTri-Colored HeronGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

Tri-Colored HeronTri-Colored HeronGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA Tri-Colored HeronTri-Colored HeronGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

Tri-Colored HeronTri-Colored HeronGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

I was particularly pleased that I managed to take a few images of one bird as it spread its wings - showing the full variation in its colourful plumage.
 

Tri-Colored Heron stretching wingsTri-Colored Heron stretching wingsGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

Tri-Colored Heron stretching wingsTri-Colored Heron stretching wingsGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

Tri-Colored Heron stretching wingsTri-Colored Heron stretching wingsGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

And was really pleased to grab a couple of shots as one bird came into land.
 

Tri-Colored Heron coming into landTri-Colored Heron coming into landGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

Tri-Colored Heron coming into landTri-Colored Heron coming into landGatorland Rookery, Orlando, Florida, USA
 

For the full set of images of these beautiful birds please go to the gallery here.
 

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(Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Andrew Mozley) Gatorland Tr-Colored Heron http://www.andrewmozleyphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/tri-colored-heron---part-3 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:47:53 GMT