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Winter Bird Workshop 2019

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Typical Winter weather.....Of course, the weather would have to be its usual unhelpful self for our first workshop of 2019 - the Birds in Flight Winter workshop.  We braved the bracing wind though, and we had a great time with the Jays, then on to the gulls for flight photography, and a wee smattering of woodland regulars thrown in too.



Attendee ShowcaseDavid & Carolyn have been veterans of our bird & macro courses over a couple of years now, and always come away learning new ideas and tips, and also helping others in the way they always do.  Absolute gems of people and I hope to see them again soon 😊
Here are some of their shots from this workshop, where they enjoyed the jay site, gulls and woodland birds.  Enjoy!

David's work (posted with permission) :








Carolyn's work (posted with permission) :





Both did really well given the challenging light and the wind that not only carried the birds at a ridiculous speed past us but froze us too.  It's always nice to showcase the …

3 Winter Species to Photograph

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Winter MigrationsIt's not just the landscape that changes over the season, but the birdlife and wildlife get a major change of personnel as the colder seasons arrive.  Gone are the agile terns, so much a part of our coastal shingle beaches in the summer. The swallows and martins who take up residence on our houses, barns, and outhouses, are safely back home in Africa.
In their place come the geese and swans, waders in massive numbers, and wildfowl of all kinds become the staple of our lakes, loughs, and coastline.  The seals pup at the start of winter, then immediately go into season, making for a chaotic change of pace to the normal lumbering summer lifestyle of these mammals.


1. Seal PupsThis has been a target of mine for a long time, I've always wanted to capture the cuteness and typical furriness of the young pups, and this year I had the chance to visit a colony of grey and common seals a few weeks after the pupping season had tailed off.  Many pups were a good few weeks ol…