Its been an interesting year of wildlife and photography for me. I’ve probably not seen or photographed as much as last year, but what I’ve seen and standard of my photos I reckon has improved.
The first notable photograph was taken at Centre Parcs in late January, where I photographed a sparrowhawk for the first time and even witnessed it take a blue tit, which was rather impressive to see. The best photo form the set is probably this one of it locked on target. It wasn’t the best setting, in the brambles but best I’ve managed so far.
When there me and Dave met up with the wonderful Pauline and Ian (see their site here for some jaw dropping images Pauline and Ian’s Zenfolio). They effectively were our guides and boy did they deliver!
And loads of other stuff like divers, goldeneye, black grouse, red squirrel, red kite, osprey…..a wonderful week in Scotland!
April was er, well, a wash out. A look back through my photos from April 2012 and all I can find is a sorry looking bluebell and a soggy rabbit from a flooded Minsmere, where, as it alwyas does when I go there, it rained!
May‘s weather was not much better in the UK, but I had 2 weeks in Kefalonia, Greece.
May was not a complete wash out in the UK. I had some success with my Aquarium photography of pond creatures:
The rain messed up and delayed a lot of insect flight periods and having missed the Duke of Burgandy butterflies, I headed to Blean wood for the heath fritillarys, which normally would have all gone a week before, but I still found a few, one which posed for a close up.
But that was not the odonata highlight of the year for me. On the 8 August a very blue dragonfly flew past and I knew what it was, a southern migrant hawker, This species first appeared in the UK properly in 2010 and a few were seen in 2011, but 2012 was a good year for them.
Overall a rather good year, with a slow end, but things will hopefully pick up in 2013. I have a number of trips planned, so hopefully I see and photograph some nice stuff and I have a camera trap arriving tomorrow, so with some luck that will give me some nice footage of wildlife at night.
Happy new year and may you 2013 be full of wildlife!