Sunday, 11 February 2018

Photos from January

Photography seems to be a rare thing for me these days, but I did manage to spend a few minutes on a couple of afternoons after work a couple of weeks a go down with our otter cubs. The bad news... it was dark... very dark!.. but the good news, my new camera that finally I have been able to try out properly coped really well considering the conditions. I don't think I would have done half as well with my old camera.

I took quite a few record shots for work, but thought I would share a few of my favourites here. Above is mum Emmy with one of her cubs.

She is a good mum, even if she does get a little fed up with them climbing all over her at times.

One of the cubs just chilling in the water with her leg floating up out the back

It is difficult to get both cubs together without one blocking the other, but I have a nice little sequence of them helping each other out of the water.

One of the evenings we were blessed with a little ray of light for about five minutes.

And two of my favourites. Above is dad Elwood looking out, with one cub using him for balance while copying him and the other looking up at dad adoringly. They were there for a couple of minutes, and both cubs were standing with Elwood at different stages but never all three at once unfortunately.

Below, a close up of one of the cubs checking out his reflection in the lens.

Thanks for looking :-)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Ten Favourites from 2017

Last year was a bit quiet for me in terms of photography, why?.. Well mainly the Centre being busier... and as much as I like taking photos, the Centre is and will always be my main priority. It was a shame in one way though, as I had a new new camera at the start of the year and didn't really get a chance to use it properly until the end of the year. 

Hopefully more time will be free this year, and I will get to use it more. So far I like it very much. Anyway, to start the year off I thought I would share ten of my favourites from last year. Some on my new camera, some old, and even the iPhone thrown in for good measure. 

The otter cubs with mum above, one of the first photos with my new camera taken at the beginning of the year when I was trying it out straight from the box. 

This was on my phone, and I kind of wish I took it on my camera now as it has been very popular and done well for the Centre. A row of Albus's antlers from the last five years castings.

Our dormice were filmed waking from hibernation for the "tree" programme on the BBC that Judi Dench and the Centre was involved with. During filming I took the chance to take a few pictures, as very rarely do we have our dormice out like this.

A rather cutesy portrait of two of our long eared owl chicks in the buttercups. Bit cheesy I know, but ideal for a record shot for the Centre to use.

A photo I had been wanting to get for a long time. A weasel by a packet of Polo mints. Not as good as I hoped, but good enough until I get better. I was bale to give it a go last year with this rescued weasel called Ginny.

One of my favourite portraits from last year. One of our new water voles on our display island. We had a new family arrive early summer, and a couple of the kits where black.

We moved our weasels around a lot last year, and this little one settled in to her photographic pen really quickly. Still a star on display and posing nicely for photographers.

Macavity the wildcat. Always try to make the cats look "wild", but in a different way to just have them snaring.

Hugo is a great hedgehog, and so good for photography. I have photographed our hedgehogs in autumn leaves for the past few years, but tried something a bit different this year and was pleased by the results. This one above is one of my favourites, and was used by Springwatch last Autumn.

Our mice and voles often overlooked. Our yellow neck mice had a good season at the end of the year, so I spent half an hour one morning trying to photograph them. Trying being the word... very dark, and they never seem to stop, but I was pleased with this one.

Thanks for looking :-)

Friday, 15 December 2017

Mice and Voles

Our mice and voles are often overlooked for photography, and you can understand why. They are not as reliable as many of our other animals in terms of when they come out and are active. They are a lot shyer, and will run for cover quicker if disturbed. The conditions, photography wise, are difficult.

We avoided the local snow last week, but had a couple of days of heavy rain instead. We used this time to re set the mice and vole enclosures, and while they were settling I managed to take a few pictures.

Nothing special, but some nice record shots for the files. It was dark, very dark, and the mice and voles rarely stay still... this led to a lot of blurry pictures to sort through. But I was quite happy with these ones.

And while photographing, I had a visitor come and watch... when I finished, she flew off again.

Thanks for looking :-)