This time of year is always hard for wildlife photography, birds aren't looking their best due to going through their annual molt. My hare site is overgrown stopping me getting clean shots and despite lots of early morning looking the foxes seem to have disappeared. To get my fix of photography though I have been taking some macro photographs of insects, below are the results of my labours.
While in Wales last week I used my macro lens quite a bit, most of the time I was using quite a wide aperture F4 to F5-6 mainly to blur out the background nicely. This young frog was shot wide open, focusing on his eyes.
I spent the last week or so back up in North Wales working on the smallholding. I didn't really get out much with the camera as there was quite a few building jobs to catch up on, also I took the chance to scout around the local area looking for the local wildlife. I never find scouting around looking for new spots a waste of time, in fact most of my best spots to photograph wildlife in Bedfordshire have been found while walking the dog. Anyway I found some lovely spots for upland birds nearby but the find of the trip was at least one Dipper working the stream at the bottom of our paddocks. I need to work on getting access to water level as the last 10 ft or so of the bank is a cliff face but I have a small ladder that will do the trick so that could be the start of a new project.
Anyway back to the photography, most of the time was spent walking around with a macro lens taking photographs of the bluebells and a couple of butterflies and other insects.
Having suffered all week watching lovely sunrises through fog each morning and not being able to get out with my camera you can imagine how I felt when I woke to a grey cloudy first light. However I decided to carry my camera and macro lens while walking Maddy this morning. I wanted to check out a track that runs close to a rail line near to where I live, last year there were plenty of common lizards in the area. Unfortunately the cool start to the day meant that none were visible, however I did find a Honey bee hive in the railway embankment, looking into the entrance I could see the workers vibrating their wings warming up before they started their day foraging. I took a few shot using a little fill flash of the bee's in the entrance, when we get some better light I hope to get back to get a few more shots.
Had a couple of hours fishing again this morning, fished four swims and only had one chub for my efforts. I think the main problem at the moment is that we need the river to have a good flush through with some fresh water.
Anyway I took a couple more detail shots of the chub, one of the wrist of the tail the other of the anal fin.
This afternoon I took the dog for a walk over the fields and noticed a lot of Field Parasol mushrooms, these are edible but most of the ones I found were a little bit old.
Nipped out for a couple of hours fishing this morning trying for the barbel again, the only activity came in the way of a nice chub just under the 5 pound mark. Usually I'd just slip a fish like this back but just recently I've started to take my 105mm macro lens with me to try to capture details of the fish. It's still very much work in progress but heres a couple of shots from today.
As anglers maybe it's time to show the beauty and detail of fish rather than the traditional grip and grin shots, maybe that way conservationists my take UK freshwater fish into consideration.