Sunday, 6 January 2013

Wader Portraits

As promised, it is time for some waders. I mentioned in my previous post that I had a number of small projects going on throughout 2013 and another which I forgot to mention is my simple (or so it may seem) aim to capture eye-level portraits of as many of Britain's wader species as possible. This is a mission I set myself towards the end of last year.  Living in the North of Hampshire means the best areas of wader habitat are nearly an hour's drive from my house, which does of course restrict the amount of time I am able to spend photographing them. So far I have managed to photograph 6-7 species well, and by the end of the year I would like to try and double this figure. I am off to Norfolk in February and with vast areas of mudflats and shingle beaches, I hope to capture Redshank, Knot, Grey Plover and either of the two Godwit species.

18 months ago, during a family holiday to Scotland I managed to capture a nice portrait of a Dunlin (which incidentally came 2nd in the Junior Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2011).

Back to Hampshire and one species high on my wishlist was a Spotted Redshank, a fairly scarce wader but perhaps one of the 'easiest' species to find in Hampshire, with one particular individual returning to one location in the South East of the county for the past 7 years. What is most remarkable about this individual however is its amazing confidence when around people. It resides in a stream which is a haven for dog walkers, yet the bird continues to feed just feet away from them without the slightest concern. When I was down there, the bird did little, however came amazingly close so I was able to get some nice portraits of this stunner.

By now you are probably getting a little fed up so I will try and move this post along a bit. I haven't covered a single species in as much details as these two (you'll be pleased to know!) so now for just some odd shots including Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Turnstone (all taken at one beach in Hampshire!).

You are probably now losing the will to live with all these static subjects so time for an image with a little more going on! 

Thanks as always for reading!


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