Rich Andrews photography
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Me and my stuff

I've always been interested in nature photography, and for years used a number of Canon and Minolta film cameras. I sold the lot in 2003 and bought a Nikon Coolpix 4500, but soon decided that a digital SLR was the way to go.

Since 2004 I've been through various Canon cameras and lenses including two EOS 20Ds, an EOS 30D, an EOS 40D, an EF 400mm f/5.6L, and an EF 300mm f/2.8L IS before finding myself with the following which I use at the moment:


EF 500mm f/4L IS
EF 1.4x II extender
Kenko 1.4x DG extender
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO DG
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4

Speedlite 550EX
Macrolite MR-14EX sundry other gubbins.

I tart everything up using Canon DPP, Adobe Cs2 and Helicon Focus (for the stacks).

A-Z index

Click here for a list of links to all my photos by species/subject.

Old photos and trip reports

There's still a load of old digiscoping stuff and foreign photos at cvlbirding which I haven't uploaded to Flickr:

The Gambia
South Africa

Previously blogged...

October 2011 - January 2012
Friendly Great Northern Diver
It's only taken 18 months...
Merry Christmas!
Snow Buntings

September 2011

August 2011
Severn Beach
Sunday afternoon - The Reds
Sunday morning mass ascent
Saturday evening mass ascent
Thursday night glow
Sallow Kitten

June - July 2011
Now for something completely different...
RIAT 2011
Yeovilton Air Day
Marbled Whites
White Admiral
Never seen one of those before

April - May 2011
Rhagium mordax
Baby burnet
Scarce Chasers
Severn Beach
Windy Weston Moor
Prior's Wood
Nice weekend
New site
Publow puddle duck

January - March 2011
Marvellous Mandarins
Oriental Turtle Dove
New Stuff!

November - December 2010
Winter thrushes
More from the bridge

September - October 2010
Laps 2
Avonmouth Ibis
Airbus Family Day
Wait & see

July - August 2010
Bay of Dismay
Red Arrows
Red Underwings
Migrant Hawker
East Harptree and Lord's Wood
Small Ranunculus
A bit of luck
Lunar Hornet

May - June 2010
Scarce Chaser
Cotswold Airshow
Emperor's lunch
River damsels
Better late than never

March - April 2010
Spring moths
Bee Hummer cover
SSC sunset
Some more of the same
Lesser Scaup (better)
Some grey ducks on a grey day

January - February 2010
Another egret in a muddy field
Sense and Sensitivity - notes on the EOS 7D
Stratford hide
Ducks of various provenance
Another dusting
A rash of thrushes
Happy New Year

November - December 2009
Cheddar Res
The friendly Goldeneye
Water Pipit
Tomorrow morning
Pom week
Crappy light again
Crappy light

September - October 2009
Jack Snipe
Brown Shrike
More garden moths
Garden moths
Bowling about around the Parkland
Chew tick!
Not a Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Chard Res

Local photographers

Gareth's Birding Page
Gary Thoburn's Photos
Mendip Wildlife Photography
Smart Images
Somerset Birder

Some other photo links

Birds as Art
Camera Price Buster
Canon Rumors
Digital Photography Review
DSLR Controller [BETA]
Helicon Focus (focus stacking software)
Imaging Resource Comparometer
No Cropping Zone
Photomatix (HDR)
Photozone (lens tests)
UK Airshow Review
UK Nature Photographers

Copyright, sales & contact

Website design, all photographs and content on this site are copyright Rich Andrews. Please don't copy, steal, pilfer or hotlink anything on this website. It's the height of rudeness.

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Thanks for visiting my photography website. All my picture galleries and links in one handy place. And a blog, updated... occasionally.


The Suspension Bridge

A few I took earlier in the year that I've not long finished processing. It's hard to take photos that aren't the same old cheesy Suspension Bridge shots....

Most of these are blended shots with an exposure for the sky and a couple for the bridge to keep some of the brickwork highlights. These are on my Flickr gallery in 900px if you fancy a look.


Long-tailed Duck

It might be brown and boring, but this is the first time I've managed to get anywhere near a Long-tailed Duck at Chew. Normally we might be lucky to get one each winter, and they keep as far away from the edge as they possibly can. Even then they spend the entire winter underwater...



A rare bird! A really rare one. And only just over the bridge as well, it would have been daft not to go and see it. I had to wait two hours stood in a field in Wales waiting for this thing to appear, but when it did (for all of 30 seconds), it did it in the middle of a lucky break in the clouds. Shame it wasn't any closer - the shot below is a really big crop...


Bittern miracle

So many times at Chew, the only look I get of a Bittern is of one flying out of a reedbed at dusk. Never in a month of Sundays do you see them wandering about in front of one of the hides.

So it was a surprise to find one peering at me in front of Stratford hide this afternoon, and even more of a surprise when it started walking towards where I was sat. Typically, it was late afternoon and the light was poor; hence these are taken at high ISO with a fair number of frames having to go in the bin. It got to within 15 metres before it turned back, but by then the light was next to useless.

Previously I'd managed to get some close-ups of the Ring-billed Gull which was flaunting itself at the picnic site.

More on Flickr.



Smew have never been common at Chew, and it the last few winters we've been lucky to see a single one. Even then they're always elusive, and impossible to photograph. This one turned upon Herriott's Pool yesterday, and with all the ice there today, she moved into the channel on the other side of Herriott's Bridge.

Unusually, this one wasn't particularly shy and gave a few of us the chance to reel off our best (in my case, only) photographs of the species.

More on Flickr.

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