Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pollen Hunt

On a recent fishing trip the fish had abandoned me and my offerings of bait and dedcided to dine elsewhere. 
With nothing to do as far as fishing was concerned I got my camera out.
Here's a bee hovering around some nearby flowers in search of pollen.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mallard Docklow Fishery,

Hers's a mallard that was a captured by me whilst on a day out coarse fishing.
I usually like to float a piece of bread on the surface of the water when I am fishing for carp as this is a great bait to use on a hot day when the fish are close to the surface. The presence of this malard and a few other water birds stoppped me from uusing bread because everytime it splashed onto the surface of the water they made a dash toward it in hope of an easy meal.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

The Red Arrows (Cosford Airshow 2014)

The Red Arrows (Cosford Airshow 2014)

Amongst other aircraft used by the Royal Air Force that were on display at cosford airshow were the world famous red arrows.
The pilots of the red arrows are highly skilled and have to go through rigorous training and display tests before they are allowed to perform for the public.

Flying at 400 mph leaves no room for mistakes especially when you see how close together they fly and pass each other. 
The team have to be inch perfect for their display to be at it's best and avoid mid air collisions.
The aircraft used for these displays is the BAE Hawk trainer that has had a few modifications applied to it, one of which is pods fitted to the bottom of it to carry diesel that is released into the exhaust port to create the smoke trails for more dramatic effect. The different coloured smoke is simply a dye added to the diesel as it is released.

The official name of this world renowned team is Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team and they are based at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, England. They were formed in 1964 and all pilots are serving members of the Royal Air Force.

The Red Arrows would not be able to provide there outstanding display without the work of a dedicated ground crew that are all experts in the various trades of aviation trained by the RAF.
Known as the Blues the ground support crew is made up of  85 members and is responsible for servicing the aircraft and preparation of each of the pilots flight kit before every display.

Without the ground crew there would be no red arrows so it is only fair to mention them as they are as important as the pilots.

When the pilots perform manouvers in the course of a show they are subjected to increased G-forces which can be up to 5 times the force of gravity.
As a result of this every pilot has to be in peak physical and mental condition.
There is one manouvre that when performed the G-force can go as high as 7g.

This team of aerobatics experts have performed in numerous countries throughout the world and are as a result world renowned.
I would encourage anybody who gets the chance to see the Red Arrows in action live at an airshow to snap up the opportunity.
They are entertaining if watched on a screen but it doesn't match up to actually seeing and hearing the roar of them flying just above you in real life.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Roses in Bloom

 Roses come in loads of different colours and varieties. I don't know the proper name of this rose but I planted it in my backyard about 2 years ago and since then it has thrived with only minimal care.
Each year the blooms on this bush increase in number.
You can pay a lot of money for some roses but this one was bought from a discount store close to my home and only cost me £1.00, a small price to pay when you think of all the years of blooms it will produce.
Flowers make brilliant photography subjects and in the summer months are in plentiful supply. If I am out with my camera I always seem to end up with some pictures of flowers of some sort.
As well as being great subjects themselves flowers also attract insects that can give you some fantastic results when photographed in macro.
So the next time you are out with your camera take some shots of flowers and see what results you get.
Take time to look inside the flowers, you may come across a bee collecting nectar and captured in macro this will give you a great picture to show your friends or post on the internet to a wider audience.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Robin Leaves after his Meal

Here's one of  a pair of Robins that visit my backyard daily leaving after taking a morning meal to set himself up for the day ahead.
It is pretty much guaranteed that throughout the day he will return 2 or 3 times to top up, he will be also be accompanied by his partner who at the moment is back at the nest either incubating the eggs or tending to the freshly hatched chicks.

Sunday, 11 May 2014


After having his fill of food this blue tit relaxes on a small branch in a nearby bush to soak up the sun.
There is always a plentiful supply of food on offer in my back yard for the birds all year round.
Regular visitors include blue tits, robins, dunnocks and a few other species that are passing and happen to spot the food.
This blue tit is a daily visitor and is well fed and contented as a result.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Rare Visit from a Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow)

This Dunnock, also known as the hedge sparrow, has recently been visiting my feeding station. Sparrows have been scarce around by where I live for the last few years. However, recent reports suggest that the population, of these once common birds, is increasing.
Although you can see this bird perched on the side of the feeding cage they are mostly ground feeders.
After this dunnock has spent a short time feeding at the cage it flies down to the ground to feast on any morsels of food that have fallen from above.

I captured this one at my feeding station in late afternoon. There are sometimes two of them, but today only one made a show. 
These birds aren't easy to photograph as they are very agile and fast and never stay still for very long.
A fast shutter speed of  1/500th of a second or more is needed when taking pictures of these birds.
In addition to this try your best not to make any sudden movements or sounds as they are easily spooked and will flee the scene and come back later when they feel it is safe.