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Ride & Skid It - 14th October 17
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Riders, Sliders & Skidders - 14th October 2017

After two very wet Ride & Skid It sessions Saturdays session was if not in glorious sunshine, it didn't rain and the light was good. No ISO 1000 this week, yippee!


Aidan Collins giving some details about the bike

Some quick lads riding this week with 4 or five private riders to add some spice to the mix.



Some photos from the various sessions in chronological order along with some shots of the various riders as they awaited their turn to ride the bikes; So here goes!

Session 1

Finding your feet or probably more to the point your wheels, not that most of these lads needed to.















Awaiting their turn


Les Collins explaining the mini-track


Les Collins gives a demonstration of what's required


Aidan Collins - "Grit your teeth and do it like this"










Adam Allott does what comes naturally








Tom McClean

Some of the private riders







Session 3 & 4








Aidan Collins











Thanks for looking

Andy
Ride & Skid It - 07th October 17
08th October 2017 - 2 comments



Riders, Sliders & Skidders - 07th October 2017

Regardless of the weather it was another great Ride & Skid It Speedway session on Saturday at Buxton, with the usual spread of novice to experienced riders and quite a few riders I'd seen before.


Aidan Collins giving some details about the bike

I think it is safe to say the rain rained and the wind blew for most of the session and I do apologise for most of the photos being taken around the top corner; basically I kept my back to the rain in the hope that it would avoid rain getting on the lens and in my face! It worked to some extent but I did need to take shelter at one stage.


One of the first riders in session 1

Some photos from the various sessions in chronological order along with some shots of the various riders as they awaited their turn to ride the bikes; So here goes!

Session 1

Finding your feet or probably more to the point your wheels in this wet weather



Les Collins with the two novice riders


Adam And Aidan getting the riders ready














Getting a push start from Adam & Bob




Between rides


The novice riders

Session 2 The mini-track


Aidan Collins explaining the finer points of getting the slide




A great start for this rider


Les Collins giving a demonstration




Aidan Collins showing how it's done


















Adam Allott giving the riders a demonstration of what's required


He didn't go over


But then he did!




Tom McClean



Sessions 3 and 4 (Follow the leader and the mad hour)










Adam & Les getting a rider going






Aidan Collins Riding in The Rain








The Interchange - where it all happens










This rider was doing really well and giving it some, then this happened


The start of a long slide


Somewhere around the middle


The end of the run

It all happened in the blink of an eye but it was the best slide in the mud I've seen, somewhere in the region of 30 - 40ft covered! Apart from being muddied he was ok, he got up cleaned himself up or down and he was ready for his next ride. Good Man!


Muddied but not blooded

Hope you enjoyed the pics and thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride & Skid It - 29th September 17
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Group Photo - 29th September 2017

Another great speedway session on Saturday at Ride & Skid It, Buxton, with the usual spread of novice to experienced riders.


It was raining!!

Weather wise the morning sessions weren't too bad even though it did rain a bit, the afternoon session towards the end was extremely wet as showers turned into a torrential downpour. I cut my photography short at that point and headed back to the car; I really must buy some weather protection for the photography equipment.



Some photos from the various sessions in chronological order along with some shots of the various riders as they awaited their turn to ride the bikes; So here goes!

Session 1

Finding your feet or probably more to the point your wheels.






J Fellows making a return after the racing season




Mud in the eye? She was smiling though


What dads do in their spare time!

Session 2 - The mini-track

The learning session! After photographing loads of sessions, this is the equaliser; whether the rider is novice or experienced its difficult to get to grips with!




Aidan Collins makes it look easy




A wider view of whats going on




Awaiting their turn


Tom McClean


Aidan Collins






Absorbed with the learning!




J Fellows gives it a whirl


Looking on


Adam Allot doing his bit

Session 3 and 4
Follow the leader and the mad hour when the learning is put into practice (sometimes).


The Leader - Aidan Collins get a bit of speed up






Under Pressure?








Looks like he's got some speed up






Monochrome conversion and partial colouring








Ted Wilkinson? British Junior Champion


















Monochrome conversion

Hope you enjoyed the pictorial view of the day and that it gives people an idea of a Ride & Skid It Experience.

Thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride & Skid It Creative
25th September 2017 - 0 comments
Some examples of what can be done with some of the standard photographs to make them appear less boring and more of a talking point!

They are intended to be used as large prints of posters although I suppose small files could be used on phones,tablets and so on.

Most of them involve compositing and it takes a lot of time to extract the suitable bits and add them to a suitable background. As such there would be an extra charge above the standard print price.

If anyone is interested please email me; if you think you have a suitable file I would also consider working on that.































Thanks for looking

Andy
Ride & Skid It 16 Sept 17
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Group Photo - 16th September 2017

Another great Flat Track session on a not bad day or at least rainless day although it did threaten to rain at times.

I think I went a bit crazy with the photos though 2000+, I think that was due to not taking any video shots.

A few good riders today with a junior champion and Carl Fogarty making his first ride after injury, unfortunately he came off but I didn't capture it; shucks.

Some photos from the various sessions in chronological order; I could have just uploaded photos of 3 or 4 riders but everyone deserves an appearance. So here goes!






















Adam playing dodge the bike


I bet this stretched his hamstring


Aidan Collins




Going


Going


Gone


Son of the above




Must be a family thing


That's the way to do it


Carl Fogarty


With Carl Fogarty


Carl Fogarty










Carl Fogarty


Aidan Collins














Carl Fogarty






















Adam Allott enjoying the moment




Adam Allott


Carl Fogarty








Carl Fogarty






Carl Fogarty





Thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride & Skid It - 22 August 17
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Group Photo - 22nd August 2017

Tuesdays' Ride & Skid It event was the second and last evening session and even though the light had reduced drastically by the end of the session I still managed to get some reasonable shots at ISO 6400 or something silly.



I knew that there was a speedway photographer attending as a rider so it was nice to have a chat to Adrian and he gave me some useful information.



The session was run on the usual format: Familiarization, Mini-track, Follow the leader and lastly putting the learning into practice.

Familiarisation

The group usually tend take this one pretty easy while they get the feel of the bike and the track and this was no exception; even the fast lads took it easy!













Mini-track
I like this session as there is a good chance of managing to capture some of the riders sliding or falling!


Les advising one of the riders


He got to grips with it quickly









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Follow the Leader & Free for all.

The session where the learning is hopefully put into practice! All the riders are gaining confidence and speeding up. Unfortunately as I said earlier the light had started to go during these sessions so the ISO had to be increased to maintain the shutter speed and unfortunately the downside being the increase in noise but I think the photos are still acceptable.

Session3 - Getting Faster











Session4 - Letting Loose!

















I only managed to snap one faller


Going


He went

The Stars of the Show Who make It All Happen


Aidan Collins


Aidan Collins


Les Collins


Adam Allott

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the pictorial review of the session.

Andy
Ride & Skid It - 19 August 17
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Group Photo - 19th August 2017

The weather on Saturday was fine for the ducks, it rained most of the way to Buxton but it had stopped by the time I’d got there. However the sky remained dark, great for some dramatic landscape shots but not for this event.

The group photo was taken without any rain to spoil things and other than the group wanting to trail off to the left, nearly all the groups do it and I’ve no idea why! The event is about bikes and speed so its best not to waste time trying to organize a nicely composed group photo; as a photographer it does go against the grain though. Sometimes it’s best to say nought and just get on with it!!

The session is organized differently to the speedway sessions and all of the morning is spent on the cones or mini-track.

The cones or mini-track

Unfortunately the heavens opened for this session and I took shelter for some of the time; great for the ducks though!




Rain capes modelled by Adam and rider!








Get the front wheel turned in handle bars down!


Rick English getting to grips with it


Jenny Tinmouth

Between sessions


Rick English


A Budding star of the future?


And another


And another







Afternoon Sessions.

The sessions where the learning is hopefully put into practice! The first session in the afternoon is led out by Aidan for the riders to familiarize themselves with the track.
Aidan also leads out the second session but this session also includes the dirt track section and the chicane. I’ve got to say a few of the riders just ignored the chicane and rode straight through the cones and not around them!


Aidan Collins enjoying the dirt track


Jenny Tinmouth




Rick english















The fallers

The rain and the ensuing mud didn’t make things easier and there were quite a few slippages; what fun!






Jenny Timmouth slips





What good of them's good for me!






Stuck in the mud but her dad helped her out!

Hope you liked the pictorial view of the day!

Thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride& Skid It - 01 August 17
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Group Photo 01 Aug 17

Tuesdays Ride & Skid It event was my first evening session starting at five. Most of the way to Buxton it had rained however as I neared Buxton the rain eased off and it turned into a really nice evening. There were some dark skies but at times the light was wonderful casting some nice shadows of the riders on the track.



The session was run on the usual format: Familiarization, Mini-track, Follow the leader and lastly putting the learning into practice.

Familiarisation

The group usually tend take this one pretty easy while they get the feel of the bike and the track and this was no exception; I was spoiled by the riders from the stag do session!









Mini-track


Adam explaining the finer point of getting the slide




This lads getting it!


He couldn't get the bike over much more without falling & he didn't!





Follow the Leader & Free for all.

The session where the learning is hopefully put into practice! There were a number of fallers during the session but unfortunately I was in the wrong place to capture them. The light had started to go during this session so the ISO had to be increased to maintain the shutter speed and unfortunately the downside being the increase in noise but I think photos are acceptable although some may benefit from being made monochrome.


















Converted to mono and some selective colouring


Tom McClean


Tom McClean


Young private rider


Got a bit of speed up here (No Fear)

Thanks for looking

Andy
Ride & Skid It (The Stag Do) 29 July 17
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29th July 2017

Saturdays Ride & Skid It Event wasn’t in my schedule but after a little persuasion I made my way there and I’m glad I did. These lads were on the top of their game and certainly no slouches when it came to lapping the track. Plenty of skids to photograph this week!


Aidan explaining the finer points

I also had the pleasure of chatting to Ken Eyre one of the great speedway riders of the Belle Vue team from the 60’s and 70’s; you never know who will turn up at these events. I think he was the official photographer for the lads as well as taking some photos for MTX; no chance of me selling any then!

The session was run on the usual format: Familiarization, Mini-track, Follow the leader and lastly putting the learning into practice.

Familiarisation

The group usually tend take this one pretty easy while they get the feel of the bike and the track, not these lads!






Toby Eyre


Some friendly rivalry nor doubt


The Stag (I think)

Mini-track

The instructors do make this look easy but from experience it’s not and although the lads didn’t finds it easy peasy most got to grips with it and give it a good go. There were some however that slid to the floor and one who tried to ride up the fence!












Toby Going


Going twice


Gone



Follow the Leader & Free for all.

The session where the learning is put into practice! It was difficult to keep up with the speed of these lads!




Aidan Giving It Some








Going Head to Head










Tom Sliding


Tom Gone






And another One Bites the Dust




Les Collins

Thanks for Looking

Andy
Ride & Skid It - Most viewed Photos
25th July 2017 - 0 comments
The six most viewed Ride & Skid It photos

Fifth

124 views

Equal 4th



134 views

Third

144 views

Second

155 views

First

550 views
Ride & Skid It 23 July 17
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Group Photo 23rd July 2017

I went to this weeks Ride & Skid It session not knowing what to expect as it was their first Flat Track Experience day.

The layout and format was totally different to the speedway day so I had a bit of a learning experience as well as the guys on the bikes; new bikes and an additional instructor as well (Richard May).


Richard May explaining the format of session1


The new bikes

Morning Session

Unlike the speedway experience days, there was no familiarization of the track and the groups went straight into going round the cones in various combinations leading up to a flat track slide/skid; I think that was the idea anyway.


A novice rider with Les






Looks like Aidan's going in for the tackle!


Jenny Tinmouth - speeds not of the essence doing this!


On her way






Do it like Collins

Between Sessions


Jenny Tinmouth getting up a bit of speed


Matt Layt Pro Rider on a slide


Young lad getting on

Aternoon Session1

In the initial afternoon session Aidan leads each of the groups around the standard track while they familiarize themselves with the correct lines to take. After that groups of three speeds around the track attempting to put the learning into practice.













Aternoon Session2

In the second afternoon session Aidan leads each of the groups around the track including the new off track section and there is also a chicane thrown in on the home straight, just for good measure. After that the groups go around the full course, well that’s if they slow down enough to turn onto the off track section (not many missed it though).


Through the chicane


Going off track


Aidan sliding off track









Thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride & Skid It - 15 Jul 17
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15th July 2017

Even though it was a pretty miserable Saturday morning, a misty drive there and damp to say the least for most of the morning. It was a morning that would have dampened any ones enthusiasm but if it did it didn’t show during the day.

The photos taken during the morning show the conditions pretty well and I did well to keep the rain off the lens.



The session was run on the usual format: Familiarization, Mini-track, Follow the leader and lastly putting the learning into practice.

Familiarisation

The group tend take this one pretty easy while they get the feel of the bike and the track, even more so when it’s wet.










Mini-track

Getting to grips with mini track and sliding is made to look easy by Les, Aidan and Adam but not many get to grips with it and perform a slide. Some get close and some just slide towards the deck.






Going


Going


Gone!


And another One bites the dust


And this lads Got It!


That's the way To do It!

Follow the Leader & Free for all.

The session where the learning is put into practice!


Aidan leads out a group














Going Well


Not Well Enough!






Wheels on fire, going too fast!


It's not often I see someone riding who you can see is really enjoying themselves!

Thanks for looking.

Andy
Ride & Skid It 01 Jul 17
03rd July 2017 - 0 comments

Date: 01 July 2017


KenBobs’ Skidders and I did notice the two fingers!

Almost thirteen months ago, I made my first visit to a Ride & Skid It session to see if I could cut the mustard as the photographer. As it happened the session had a group of young bucks on a stag do (KenBob & Co), a couple of media people (Sophie McGinn & Luke Bowler) and just to make it a day, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty!
Good day to choose then.

Anyway on Saturday it was the return of KenBob, KenBob Revisited. So to remind KenBob of his previous visit, a few photos from a year ago.


KenBob


Sophie McGinn


Luke Bowler


Carl “Foggy” Fogarty

Ken purchased quite a few photos and a video from the event last year however I didn’t actually speak to him on the day so it was very nice to meet Ken on Saturday and put a face to the name.


KenBob

And for the occasion I have just bought a Canon 100 – 400mm telephoto lens as I’ve been disappointed with the results from the 70 – 200mm lens + 1.4x Extender.

Even though Saturday was a private session it was run on the usual format: Familiarization, Mini-track, Follow the leader and lastly putting the learning into practice.

Familiarisation

A sesión when the riders take it easy as they get the feel of the bikes and the track








Mini-track

This session sorts out the men from the boys and definitely harder than it looks by all accounts!








Follow the Leader & Free for all















And we can't get away without some pics of the stars of the show


Les Collins ex World No2


Aidan Collins showing how it should be done

Finally my pic of the day


Tom McClean

Thanks for reading,

Andy
Ride& Skid t 03 June 2017
04th June 2017 - 1 comment
The photographers View


The Skidders

Another fantastic day with Ride & Skid it yesterday and the weather was fine although it did look like it was going to bucket down at one stage during the afternoon.


Honda 125cc bike used by the riders

A few photos from Session 1 when the lads and lassies are familiarizing themselves with the bikes and the track. Everyone takes this session carefully and up to now I’ve not seen a faller in this session.







Session 2 - Adam, Aidan & Les show the wannabe speedway riders how to do a skid or a slide. It’s certainly not as easy as Aidan, Les & Aidan make it look as most of the riders find out!


Adam explains how it should be done


An early faller


Getting going!


Oops - he was ok


What it should look like


Yeh - getting there


This fella (Aidan Collins)can do it with his eyes shut! His next trick is blind folded!


By Jove he's got it!

Session 3 & 4 are pretty much the same, however during Session 3 the riders are led out by Aidan Collins who shows the riders the right lines to follow around the track. Session 4 the riders are left pretty much to their own devices and they do generate some speed and some excitement.


Aidan leads the riders out for Session 3











And this one is only for the braver riders


The session ends in a blaze of glory - only kidding

Thanks for looking.

Andy
27 May 17 Ride & Skid It
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Todays Skidders



Another great day of action at todays Ride & Skid It and luckily the rain that threatened to put a dampener on the day blew over quite quickly.


Tom McClean getting on a slide

There was the usual broad spread of riders with 4 who hadn’t ridden before, the speedy youngsters who know no fear, through to the more experienced riders and the private riders.


First time on a bike

A couple of the youngsters in action.





A couple of the private riders in action.





Some of the action from the mini-track, theres usually some slippage with this.


Going


Going


Gone!

And another one bites the dust!


From the afternoon session


Adam Allott living on the edge!

Aidan Collins showing how it's done!



A nice shot of one of the private riders



So there were spills and thrills and fallers but anyone that did bite the dust and it was pretty dusty today picked theirselves up, dusted themselves down and started all over again! Even so it looked like everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

Other photos from todays action will probably appear in the ride & Skid It Gallery tomorrow
Ride & Skid It 06 May 17
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RIDE & SKID IT
Event 06 May 2017



Summary of the Day

A great day for everyone from the complete beginner to accomplished motorcyclists wanting to have a speedway experience! Purely as an observer when it comes to it who is experienced and who isn’t, during certain parts of the day it’s difficult to tell who are and who aren’t!

All the bikes are Honda 125cc speedway bikes to give you an experience of how to power-slide a speedway bike in the correct and safe way, whilst having fun.
All the instructors make this look easy but as an observer/photographer not many can emulate them although occasionally some do come close.

It's all done at your own pace with full tuition from Les Collins, a former world ranked number two speedway rider; Adam Allott ex professional speedway rider and world U21 rider ; Les’ son Aidan, who is a five times British Flattrack Champion, currently leading the 2017 championship and also a former speedway rider.



Les Collins


Adam Allot


Aidan Collins

The day is split into four sessions

1. Familiarization: How to ride, operate and control the bike and some steady laps around the track.


Session 1 - Getting familiar with the bikes and track

2. The Mini-Track or around the cones: Probably the most difficult and interesting part of the day and an equalizer as not many can do it although it is made to look extremely easy by the instructors.


Giving the slide a go

3. Follow the Leader: Aidan leads a group of usually four riders around the track and shows them the right lines to take and hopefully avoid becoming a casualty; not seen any real injuries up to now, more wounded pride than anything!


Aidan Collins being the Leader

4. Put into practice the learning for the day: I think everyone enjoys this and most riders apart from the complete beginners do get a bit of speed up. Having said that purely as an observer and complete non bike rider the correct sitting position appears to disappear!


Ddn't quite grasp the lessons of the day!

Some of the riders in Action:

















Some of the private riders:





A couple of the younger private riders






Probably my favourite image from the day

I'd love to have a go but I think I'll leave it to the younger, fitter and adrenalin junkies of this world! A great day had by everyone, even the fallers. An experience not to be missed, I wish I was younger!
20 May 16 Woolston Eyes NR- Since the Last Time
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Seeing as the last time I put pen to paper so to speak is over six months ago, it's about time I actually did something about it.

It's not that I haven't been out or taken any photographs because I have, I think work was demanding and I just needed to rest in my spare time.

So a few weeks back I retired from work after nearly 46 years in more or less the same place, it had changed names a few times and I'd risen up the ranks but it was time to go and so I have!

Since then I've been thinking about starting the blog again but couldn't make my mind up about whether I should continue from where I finished or start afresh.

After due consideration I've decided to include photos that I've taken during the last six months to date and hopefully as I do feel more refreshed now I'll maintain a better account of visits to Woolston Eyes and other places in the future!

10 October 15


Pied Wagtail


Moorhen


Greylag Geese


Greylag Geese


Grey Heron

21 November 15


Shelduck


Teal

17 January 16

From the photos it looks like it had been a cold day!



I can't believe it, I must have walked and as there aren't any bird photos I obviously didn't take the big lens, which would make it easier to walk!



Not only had I walked but nobody had crossed the footbridge before me, another first!



I just though the tree looked nice.



Winter Berries

30 January 16

I think this must have been another cold day as there aren't any photos of birds on the water, so I'm assuming it was frozen. Hence photos of the birds on and around the feeders by the John Morgan Hide.


Brambling


Brambling


Greenfinch


Greenfinch


Long-tailed tit


Magpie

12 March 16

Looking back at the photos I had taken I think I'd decided to try and take photos of birds in action, although there is always the exception to the rule!


Moorhen on the run


Shelduck coming in to splashdown


Shelduck impersonating the Red Arrows


Black-headed Gull coming in to land


Mallard

Some of the flora


Snowdrops


Snowdrops


Daffodil

20 March 16

It looks like a day of Geese and Gulls with the odd duck and a bit of flora thrown in just for good measure.


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Black-headed Gull


Coot


Lesser black-backed Gull


Lesser black-backed Gull


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Gadwall


Greylag Goose





04 April 16


Chiffchaff


Gadwall


Little Grebe - surely it can't be doing the "goose step"


Tufted duck


Lapwing


Lesser black-backed gull

10 April 16

Obviously not much action on this day!!



I thought the tree looked nice against the blue sky

13 April 16


Chiffchaff - catching a fly



The view from the south viewing screen, a misty start to the day.


Crow


Robin - who is viewing who?


Juvenile Gull


Greylag Goose


Black-necked Grebe

A pair looking resplendent in the golden reflection of the reeds, it would have been a nice photograph if they had been just that bit closer! Always moaning!!

16 April 16


Chiffchaff


Lesser black-backed Gull


Black-necked grebe


Pied Wagtail


Mallard and chicks


Mallard chicks

20 April 16

I think the spring migration and the hatching season had started in earnest.


Little Gull


Little Gull


Lapwing

23 April 16


Little Gull


Black-headed Gull - taking a dislike to a shelduck!


Little Gull

25 April 16

A day of gulls and chicks.


Black-headed gulls put up by a Buzzard or Harrier


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Shelduck


Lesser Black-bached and Black-headed Gulls


Juvenile Gull


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose

26 April 16


Juvenile Gull in flight


Little Gull


Little Gull


Little Gull

Shows the distinctive dark W on the wings when in flight


Gadwall splashdown


Greylag in flight

03 May 16

Plenty of chicks again.


Greylag Goose


Coot with nesting material


Coot on the run


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Grey Heron

05 May 16

Some of the flora on No3 Bed.


Cowslips on the north meadow


Bluebells


Bluebells

07 May 16


Whitethroat


Magpie


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Cowslip


Pheasant

12 May 16

A day when I was in attendance for the appearance of a Marsh Harrier


Wren


Great crested grebe


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard


Whitethroat

A series of Marsh harrier photographs that was too far away for good photography, if only it was closer! Just for information, the photographs were taken with Canon 7D Mk11, 500mm f4.0 Mk11 lens and 1.4 extender, equivalent to an 1120mm lens on a full frame camera. Very heavy cropping was also required!















14 May 16


Pink footed Goose

19 May 16

It looks like it was a Pochard day but I'll start with the Mallard!


Mallard and ducklings


Mallard Duckling


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard

Well if you've made it this far I'm really surprised but extremely pleased!

thanks for looking.

Andy
04 Oct 15 Woolston Eyes
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After the autumnal mist on Saturday I was expecting the same on Sunday, however it was a very pleasant morning and no mist.

The water on No3 bed was much lower than my previous visit probably two weeks ago. Looking from the south screen, there weren’t any birds on the south pool and the nearest birds were probably on a level with the tower hide.

I moved swiftly on, well that may be an exaggeration, age and an hefty bag and camera has put paid to that!!

I eventually reached the John Morgan Hide and although there wasn’t anything on the scrape there were a few black tailed godwits just off the far end of the scrape.


Black-tailed Godwit

For once I dropped in lucky as a Kingfisher perched itself not too far away and I did get some nice shots. The only drawback being that I had the 2x converter on so some quality was lost, some photographers are never happy!

Kingfisher


Kingfisher

There were plenty of Lapwings doing the “Lapwing Fly”


Lapwing


Lapwing

During the morning loads of Geese flew in mainly Canada Geese, I think Woolston had more than it’s fair share of geese particularly the Canadas!


Canada Geese


Greylag Goose


Mute Swan


Splash down

At one stage it looked like all of the water in front of the hide was covered in Geese, unfortunately I didn’t have another lens with me to take a decent photograph of the scene. So I had to make do with a few photos with the 500mm.


Canada Geese


Geese


Geese

Thanks for reading

Andy
20 Sep 2015 Woolston Eyes
20th September 2015 - 0 comments
I think it's about 2 months since I put anything in the blog or even in the galleries. It's not that I haven't taken any photographs just a loss of motivation to do something with the them!!

Unfortunately I can't remember a lot about most of my visits other than it was a quiet period however I did photograph the Great White Egret at varying distances.

So as I can't remember much there won't be many words just a pictorial view of the last few months.

02 August


Comma


Speckled Wood


Harlequin Ladybird


Ladybird larvae


Cormorant


Hoverfly


Harlequin Ladybird

09 August


Black-tailed Godwit


Lapwings

15 August


Himalayan Balsam (Backlit)


White Ermine moth caterpillar


Lapwing


Black-tailed Godwit


Black-tailed Godwit


Lapwing


Black-tailed Godwit

16 August


Hoverfly


View from John Morgan Hide, white bird just right of centre along the edge of the reeds is Great White Egret


Great White Egret


Great White Egret


Great White Egret


Hoverfly


Butterfly


Common Snipe

28 August


Green Sandpiper


Great White Egret

30 August


Meadow Brown Butterfly


View along the south bank path


Hoverfly


Elderberries


Sunflowers on North Meadow


Sunflowers on North Meadow


Sunflowers on North Meadow


Robin


Hoverfly


Black-tailed Godwit


Black-tailed Godwit


Greylag Goose


Four-banded Longhorn Beetle (Strangalia quadrifasciata)

19 September


Grey Heron


Grey Heron


Canada Goose


Green Sandpiper


Green Sandpiper


Green Sandpiper


Green Sandpiper

Thanks for looking.

Andy
20 July 15 Rixton Claypits & Woolston Eyes Nature Reserves
23rd July 2015 - 0 comments
05th July Rixton Claypits

It’s been nearly 12 months since I last visited Rixton claypits, so a visit was well overdue.

Kestrel & buzzard were apparent while I was walking around and plenty of small birds but I’d gone mainly to find dragonfly, butterfly and basically anything else that caught my attention i.e. no 500mm lens.

I managed to find the last of the northern marsh orchid that were still in flower.


Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)


Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)

There were quite a few butterflies on the wing but I only managed to snap a Meadow Brown.


Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Six Spot Burnett moths were abundant.


Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

I’d waited about eight years to see Banded Demoiselle never mind photograph one and then I’ve managed to photograph two in the last month or so. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a clear view of it but what the heck.


Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

I also saw plenty of Dragonflies and photographed Four-spotted Chaser and Emperor dragonfly, the Emperor being a first .


Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

I also spotted a slight movement in of the pools while I was shooting dragonflies which turned out to be a Newt larvae. Something I haven’t seen since I was a lad in short pants, fifty plus years ago.


Newt Larvae

11th July Woolston Eyes

Birds were in short supply and certainly not a lot of action going on, however there was a little ringed plover on the scrape in front of the John Morgan Hide.


Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

A pair of great crested grebes and a couple of chicks turned up and other than that it was back to the insects.


Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)


Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)


Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)


Ladybird larvae


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

18th July Woolston Eyes

A day with not many birds about although the Little Ringed Plover was on the furthest scrape.


Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

So another day for insects.


Comma (Polygonia c-album)


Leaf Beetle (Oulema obscura)


Hoverfly (Epistrophe grossulariae)


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) in flight


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) in flight


Hoverfly (Xylota segnis)


Common Cherry Oak Gall

Thanks for reading.

Andy