Over the last several weeks I have noticed a slight change in the weather, with brighter mornings and lighter evenings, it would seem Spring, my favorite time of the year is now in full swing.
The mornings are awash with bird song at the moment, all competing to be the most musical, filling the air as each bird stakes their claim on a certain patch of ground, among the beautiful songs at dawn one song in particular symbolizes the British countryside and springtime more than any other call and that belongs to the beautiful male Robin.
The call travels far, cutting through all other bird songs and is a mixture of different notes and pitches that once you hear its distinctive sound you will never forget the sound. Hes been keeping me company along with a male Chaffinch on recent early morning projects
I’m working on several projects in my own time and the working conditions weather wise have been testing to say the least, but ingrained in me along with a deep love for wildlife is that motto of mine ‘that there is always an image to be had’, however big or small.
Two adult Black-tailed Godwits fighting over feeding rounds in Norfolk. Over exposing in my camera by over 2.3 to get this hi-key effect. Always push yourself to work/see differently, nature is amazing and your camera should just be something to use to express what you saw in your own way I tell clients.
However good or bad weather, working with this mindset always rewards you, bringing out your flare and passion in changing conditions at the same time learning you more about how you view an image, pushing your own creative images and boundaries. A complete paradise to be among its beauty at this special time of year, witnessing the countryside awaken from its dormant winter state.
Spring is one of the four seasons, the period between winter and summer, and for me the words Spring and Springtime bring thoughts of life, birth and regrowth to our countryside. A special time for wildlife, where all species are looking their best, in tip top form hoping to attract the ladies and breed with.
Behaviour within the animal world starts in spring, handsome males showing off, displaying to each other in an act of supremacy over the other, using whatever they can to win over the attentions of the females securing a mate for that year. With the lighter mornings and evenings wildlife becomes busy, more active giving greater opportunities to capture its beauty during springtime, which has been great on my recent trips to Norfolk and the Peak District with clients and thank you to everyone I’ve met recently.
As our Winter visitors have left to go back home to breed the influx of our summer visitors arrive to our shores making spring one of the best times in the calendar of nature. The countryside becomes a wash with colours and new growth, a mesmerizing number of birds fill the lands. Flowers start to bloom, eventually carpeting the woodlands in a blue carpet of bluebells, one of the great sites of Britain.
All of my photo tours,workshops and one to ones are designed and led from the front by myself, where each trip is designed for wildlife photographers where I pride myself on working with the very best people on the ground and in the field giving that personal and private touch offering all clients the best service possible.With smaller group sizes in most cases ensuring all my clients get my full expertise and guidance, learning more about the wildlife and the environment in which they live. Many thanks and good luck with the rest of Spring..