National Wildlife Trust

I recently entered the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trusts, its always hard to know what to enter in an open competition but I had taken this image on the nature reserve in Letcombe Regis recently. It took several attempts to get the bird in flight coming out of the nest box, they are very small to focus on and extremely fast. So nice to see the boxes in use.

Oxford Festival of Nature Wildlife Photo Competition

I was very pleased to receive an email earlier in the week stating that I had gained 2nd place in the Wildlife Category.

The images will be displayed at the Wild Fair at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on the 13th June,

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Busy Bee

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I have not written a blog for a while as I have been a busy bee. Working on various portrait sessions and other jobs over Easter and trying to entertain the kids, which was made easier by the lovely weather we had.

I have also started a new Continued Development Programme, which I will blog about at a later date but needless to say that has brought about additional workload too over the past few weeks and I have already attended my first 1:1 session in Leamington Spa

The colours around at present are lovely. All the yellow rape, the daffs, tulips, bluebells etc. I have decided that this will be a yellow blip as this is the predominant colour at present. The image above was taken with my long lens, and believe me, focusing on a bee with a 100-400 lens is not easy, however I have not yet plucked up the courage to get close enough to these super big buzzies with my Macro lens and the day I post a close up of a wasp will the day the flags should be put out!

Yellow Hammer

Even some of the wildlife are yellow in colour at present. I took this image of a Male, Yellow Hammer yesterday.

The Macro lens has been out and I have been brave enough to get near some of the smaller buzzies of the world. As long as they are nectar gathering they don’t seem to be bothered by me and that’s the way I like it!

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I prefer the more beautiful butterflies, but they are very active at present and getting them sat still and getting close is almost impossible. I did manage it earlier in the week but its not a yellow one, so you will have to see that one at another time.  This image again was taken with a long lens as its the only way to get them when they have landed at present. The camouflage is very good.

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Last for this blog is my new friend the Oil Beetle, these are apparently endangered and I am lucky enough to have a couple in the garden that pose occasionally for me. They are quite big, about 2 inches long. They are fascinating creatures. Follow the link if you are interested in reading about them. http://www.buglife.org.uk/campaigns-and-our-work/oil-beetles.

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