So it has been a long and difficult 3 years but finally my University career is nearing it's end. I have unfortunately been so busy that I have not been able to keep this blog up to date as of late. This however, is about to change (hopefully!).
Over the summer I intend to revitalise my portfolio, visit places I've always wanted to visit and put in place all that I have learnt over the last 3 years. I will do my best to keep this blog updated at least monthly with new images and records of my adventures. In June my photography partner in crime, Daniel McNeil Photography and myself will be driving up to Pembrokeshire and visiting the incredible Skomer Island and all the Puffins that summer there. I will also be going on my yearly family holiday to the Isle of Skye in August. Breaking News: there is the intention of creating book releases from both these trips that will hopefully be made public! In the mean time I have put together some images I took when recently taking a day off to relax in my favourite spot in the Gloucestershire countryside: Slimbridge Wetlands Centre.
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I was extremely lucky to not only get to work with two fantastic Little Egrets, but I was pleasantly surprised to see my first Spoonbill too. I could have sat there for hours working with such an amazing species of bird and I am still keen to go back in the hope of trying to achieve some in-flight shots too.
There are of course the more common birds around the centre too, that are always fun to try and photograph in new and interesting ways. I love the shapes birds and especially swans make when washing themselves and with the luck of a bright sunny day, I wanted to try and capture that by freezing the action.
If seeing my first Spoonbill wasn't excitement enough for one day, I was also treated the ultimate pleasure of seeing a bird of prey in close proximity. As I walked past the Rushy Hide entrance, a small group had gathered, blocking the pathway - I must admit I joined in the blockage once I realised it was because everyone was photographing a Sparrowhawk that had decided to have its lunch merely metres away from the path. It was amazing to see such a bird so close and I was excited to photograph it, however I didn't stay too long as I did not want to disturb the bird from it's lunch!