Rich Andrews photography
Rich Andrews photography


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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...

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
Helicon Focus (focus stacking software)
Imaging Resource Comparometer
No Cropping Zone
Photomatix (HDR)
Photozone (lens tests)
UK Airshow Review
UK Nature Photographers

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I hardly ever see any reptiles in this country, and even then my few experiences are normally of fleeting encounters with Grass Snakes at Chew. Adders have eluded me for years (presumably because I've never actually looked for one), so thanks to some top gen from David Kennedy I made the effort today and went to Ubley Warren to look for some.

I eventually found a pair together, tucked away on the edge of cover in one of the rocky gullies. Despite the cool cloudy weather they weren't too keen on me getting too close, so after an attempt with the macro lens I resorted to using a 500mm with a 1.4x extender and a 21mm extension tube. At the minimum focusing distance they were quite happy to sit there for ages, which was just as well because with all that magnification I needed to use the mirror lock to get anything that was properly sharp.

Further along the gully I was surprised to find another; blatantly obvious as it sat there tightly curled up on the grassy path, looking for all the world as though it had just been crimped off by some massive dog. I was glad to have spotted it before I stepped on it, as I was able to get the tripod up and run a few shots off before it plopped over the edge into the bracken.

A few more on Flickr.



Again it seems like I'm the last local photographer to cotton on to a good place for photographing birds - the new reserve at Carymoor near Castle Cary. An area in front of the hide has been baited with grain all winter and is attracting a decent flock of seed-eating birds, with good chances of having some nice looks at Tree Sparrows and Yellowhammers. On my two visits today and yesterday they were the most reluctant of all the birds to feed near the hide, but there were plenty of Reed Buntings, Dunnocks, Chaffinches and so on to photograph. I was pleased to get some shots of Stock Doves as well.

I noticed a funny thing this afternoon whilst investigating a higher than usual number of soft shots. In the warm sunshine the air inside the locked-up hide had heated up considerably, and was much warmer than the air outside when I arrived mid-afternoon. I sat near the back of the hide to keep away from the window to reduce disturbance but it wasn't until an hour or so had passed that I realised the hot air in the hide was causing not only the softness, but I suspect the AF to miss as well. Using live view at 10x, I was able to focus on an object and watch on the chimping screen as it wafted in and out of sharpness.

More on my Flickr site.

MONDAY 14th MARCH 2011

Marvellous Mandarins

Today I visited the Forest of Dean to see the Goshawks at New Fancy View, and hoped that whilst I was there that I would get chance to take a few pictures of the Mandarins that live on the ponds in the forest. Not having looked for them there before I wasn't sure whether they'd be easy to find but in the end I saw them at New Fancy View (three in flight), Worgreens Lake (four) and Cannop Ponds, where these were taken (31).

Smart, innum? More on my Flickr gallery.



White-fronted Geese are a pretty rare sight at Chew nowadays - I think this one is only the fourth in the last ten years. This afternoon it was at the pond on Woodford Bank with a few Canada Geese, and with some pretty good light I was able to take a load of decent shots of it.


Oriental Turtle Dove

Having decided to leave it a few weeks to let the crowds subside at the Chipping Norton Oriental Turtle Dove, I made the trip this morning and had some nice looks at the bird through Steve Akers' kitchen window. Unfortunately, with the bird some distance away in next door's garden through the glass window in poor light (ISO 800 and 1600) I was lucky to manage anything like a few decent record shots.

As usual, the reason for my tardy arrival was that I don't keep a British list and that I've seen these before - and even managed a few decent shots, in India at Pangot in February 2005 (bottom). Compare and contrast.



Apart from some awful distant pictures I took in Horfield over Christmas, I haven't photographed any Waxwings this winter. It's been hard enough trying to even catch up with them locally, let alone take any decent pictures. Luckily there have been four in Shirehampton over the weekend; unfortunately the best berry tree there (in nice direct sunlight) was the home of an angry Mistle Thrush, so the Waxwings had to make do with a small tree over the road (in nasty indirect light). Had to use a fair bit of flash on these (with varying success)...


New stuff!

Happy New Year everyone. I've been busy tarting up my gallery pages and have made a few changes. All the pictures have now been uploaded in 900px so they ought to look a bit nicer than before. There are also two new sets - overseas and Chew. There's quite a lot of new stuff on all four sets, too - some of which are shown below. They can be viewed by clicking the icons at the top.

Variable Damselfly, Harlequin Ladybird, Bee x Fly Orchid and the Altiplano.

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