As 2014 comes to an end, it means its time to look back at the year and pick out my best photos from the year. The first good photography of the year. came in a January trip to Southend Pier, where I got a nice close up of this turnstone.
I dug out the photographic aquarium for my best ever alderfly larva shots.
In February I upgraded to a Pentax K-3 with better AF and higher resolution, which helped me get my best ever blue tit photo.
I went up to Minsmere for the day and after hours waiting in the hide, a bittern finally appeared.
The last week or so of the month was my trip to the Cairngorms. On the way up I stopped at Seahouses for the eiders.
I tried some pond dipping and found my first ever Northern Damselfly, in nymph form of course!
On the way back I stopped off for my first 2014 visit to Bempton Cliffs and got my best ever shots of tree sparrow.
I also ran my first Photography tuition workshop, on wildflowers and insects. I spent a day the weekend before scouting out Norsey Woods and got my best ever shot (are you noticing a theme yet!) bluebell.
On the last day of April I managed to see 5 species of dragon and damselfly at Wat Tyler CP, not bad considering I have only previously seen large red damselflies in April, and never 4 spotted chasers, but 1 had emerged on that day:
But the biggest wildlife event in may was my stay on Skomer. I took So many photos and a lot of video. Ive edited the video together, but I have a winter of editing the photos from Skomer ahead of me. Here are some shots I took