2013 has been a funny old year. It started of slow and with the cold spring and late start to summer, combined with me being busy moving house and completeing a Forest School Qualification, I didn’t spend as long out taking photgraphs as I have in previous years (well it feels like I didn’t!).
It was very slow in January. I managed my best ever shot of a fieldfare, but this was still a heavy crop.
I didn’t do as much aquarium photography in 2013, but in February I took this shot of a broad bodied chaser.
I also tried some white background stuff, with this newt tadpole coming out quite nicely.
By Mid February I was starting to wonder about my luck, having not had a decent photo opportunity for a few months, with the best being a blackbird that I managed to get close too, until a sparrowhawk whizzed through and scared it off!
But all my good luck came at once driving down the Elmley Road, where I spotted a bird of prey which was too small to be peregrine or kestrel and turned out to be my first ever Merlin. I crept closer and managed this shot, probably one of my best ever.
In March I did some more white background aquarium shots with this striped Emperor dragonfly nymph.
On one day, when I was ill and so hadn’t bothered getting my tripod out the car, I was left regretting it, because when I left work and was presented with the following in poor light I so had to shoot at too high an ISO to crop well. Still was nice to see and get something of it.
I also saw and photographed my first wild otters.
At the end of the month it was up to Cairngorms for some wonderful company and wildlife. I saw my first golden eagle and got my best photos of:
Long tailed tit
I also dipped the river there and got my first shots of clinging mayfly nymph with my aquarium set up.
In April things warmed up a little, but not as much as they should have. I found my first slow worms at a local site.
At Rainham Marshes a little grebe nested near the board walk.
While doing Forest School training in Kent this glow worm was found.
I spent sometime with wood ants and got a nice photo of one.
I also saw my first grasshopper warbler in Wat Tyler Country Park this year.
In May I got my best shots of orange tip butterfly.
A trip over to a friend’s resulted in by far my best ever marsh harrier shots.
A trip to Denge Woods got me a green tiger beetle…
..my first ever Duke of Burgundy Butterfly and…
..my first ever dingy skipper.
At the end of the month I headed up to Leighton Moss and the surrounding area and was shown some great stuff by some good friends, but I’ve not managed to edit half of the photos. I have got this nice bullfinch I got there though.