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).

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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...

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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Bay of Dismay

As this month sees the last of the cetacean-watching Biscay sailings on the Pride of Bilbao, I took the opportunity to join a farewell minicruise with a bunch of people who had names like Portly, Van der Clog, Meriwether, Wader and Slaphead. Hopefully the conditions would be good and we would see loads of cetaceans and seabirds. As the ship left Portsmouth under cover of darkness, it wouldn't be until first light the following morning that we would get to see all the goodies...

DAY 2 - Off north-west France
Not long after we ambled up to the helicopter deck we'd seen a couple of Balearic Shearwaters and a Sabine's Gull, and as we ploughed on through the afternoon we added three more Sabine's, a couple of Sunfish and small number of Common Dolphins. The dolphins were good value as a few small pods came alongside the boat and posed for some photos, but unfortunately that's where it all ended. Instead of taking the usual route south over the continental shelf (the 'good bit'), the captain steamed south-east, carefully avoiding any deep water during the hours of daylight because he wasn't keen on the weather. Bummer. Still, tomorrow would be good as we get a few hours in Spain and have no option than to head north out of Santurtzi and into the deep bit.

DAY 3 - Santurtzi and The Abysmal Plain
An early arrival in port; we got some taxis to the nearby hill and did a few hours birding on land before the return sailing to Portsmouth. We saw birds like Red-backed Shrike, Sardinian Warbler and Griffon Vulture, plus a few nice butterflies such as Swallowtail, Long-tailed Blue, Wood White and Geranium Bronze.

Back on the boat, we headed out over the continental shelf and across the Abyssal Plain being battered by a Force 7, and despite the glorious sunshine, the sea state was such that in a continual watch we only recorded the following:

 plank of wood  2
 orange bucket  1
 buoy  1
 bit of net  1
 pork pie  1

To be fair, Wader and Slaphead also saw a rorqual blow just ahead of the boat, but everyone else missed it.

DAY 4 - North-west France and the English Channel
Reservoir Dog's alarm didn't go off this morning, so we overslept and missed bugger all. However as we gathered on deck we soon realised that there was a small log passage underway, and a number of buoys were seen, including this wonderful moment when a mother and calf passed right alongside the boat:


Red Arrows

...or Red Arrawls as they're known in Bristol. The Balloon fiesta looks like a horrendous place to have to watch them from, so I decided to pop up to the slopes of sunny Dundry for a nice panoramic view over the city. Although the display was quite some way off, they still passed pretty close overhead as they flew circuits to and from the display line, and with a light north-easterly I still got to have the airshow aroma of burnt diesel waft over me.

The shots below were with my 150mm macro lens. With a 500mm and a bit of planning you could have had some much better results than these. You can see these a bit bigger (but no better) plus a couple of others at my Flickr gallery.


Red Underwings

The fisherman's hut at Stratford car park seems to attract Red Underwings every year, and today there were three of them on it, hoping to nobody would see them.


Migrant Hawker

A quiet week or two, but here's a quick one with the Sigma 150mm and a 1.4x extender. A teneral Migrant Hawker.



...and that was just the US Air Force bloke on the tannoy.

One of the highlights of this year's Air Tattoo was the F-22 Raptor, which put on the most unfeasible display I've ever seen. Unfortunately still photos can't begin to do it justice, but that's all I've got. There are more at my Flickr site.


East Harptree and Lord's Wood

I took a trip to East Harptree Woods this morning to have a look for dragonflies at the Smitham Chimney pool. Sadly the weather was a bit too cool and cloudy for much to be going on, but on the way back, as well as seeing four or five Crossbills, I found this big caterpillar on a birch trunk. It looked a bit odd and I wondered whether it may be a sawfly larva, but at about 5cm long I thought it was too big. However, the internet tells me it is a sawfly - Cimbex femoratus, one of the largest in the UK.

I popped down to Lord's Wood in the afternoon for a couple of hours, and managed a few shots of (top to bottom) Comma, Figwort Weevil, and Emerald Damselfly. I also saw at least two White Admirals and six Silver-washed Fritillaries, and lucked in to a flypast by the Red Arrows. If only I could luck in to a flypast by a rare bird with such ease.

MONDAY 5th JULY 2010

Small Ranunculus

After having disappeared from Britain in the early 20th century, and then gradually becoming re-established in the country a few years ago, the Small Ranunculus is now not uncommon in central Bristol. Last summer I was finding the larvae all over the place, so I took a few home in the hope that I could breed a few of the adult moths this year. And so a couple of weeks ago the first one hatched. I've also put up one a photo of one of the larvae I took last July.

SUNDAY 4th JULY 2010

A bit of luck

One dragonfly which is particularly hard to come by around these parts is the Golden-ringed Dragonfly. They breed in small numbers on one of the streams which runs down from Rowberrow, and are probably at Towerhead Brook as well. I happened to find myself in Sandford this morning so I decided to check the site where I saw one in 1997, again for the purposes of record-gathering for the dragonfly atlas, and also in the hope I would manage a few decent shots if I was able to find one.

I found the site more by luck than judgement and almost immediately one flushed from the grass in front of me. It settled in a patch of thistles and whilst I was trying to relocate it I noticed a butterfly sat on a bramble leaf - it was a White-letter Hairstreak. Talk about lucky. It had now become rather cool and cloudy so once I'd relocated the dragonfly I was able to get some pretty close pictures of it; the one below is a stack of eleven frames taken at 8fps between gusts of wind.


Lunar Hornet

My annual search for Lunar Hornet Moth took place at Chew today. Normally this search involves a fruitless couple of hours bowling about through thick vegetation getting stung, bitten, and poked in the head by twigs. On this occasion, I found one with minimum effort, and it happily posed for a nice series of photos. And what a boy it was. Or probably a girl, in this case.

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