"Happier of happy though I be, like them I cannot take possession of the sky, mount with a thoughtless impulse, and wheel there, one of a mighty multitude whose way and motion is a harmony and dance magnificent." William Wordsworth
This is essentially a site to bring together the numerous photographs I take whilst out birding in, primarily, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and, occasionally, Warwickshire. However, it's also been an opportunity to catalogue my work in ceramics (2009-2012).
My last update here was March 2015. For the moment, that is unlikely to change.
"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven." Emily Dickinson
Not that it matters too much but I see photography as another means of observation and a way of expressing and sharing my love of birds with others. Plumage and behaviour, which can move out of sight or be missed in a split second, is frozen in time for me to study and enjoy for as long as I like. Creating an image or series of images which reflects the beauty, character or behaviour of a species is always satisfying: hopefully, something of the pleasure I gain from birds is somehow accessible to others to share and enjoy.
I currently use a micro-four thirds (m4/3) set-up, Panasonic DMC-G3 with 100-300mm lens. I also occasionally make use of a bridge camera, Panasonic DMC-FZ150 with x1.7 teleconverter. This is useful for situations where the m4/3 kit doesn't have the reach or necessary capabilities. Historically, my first birding camera was a Panasonic DMC-FZ8, which I used from 2007 until August 2010, when I switched to the m4/3 set-up. All Exif data is available for my images.