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...

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

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And now for something completely different...

I've always meant to have a dabble in a spot of night photography around Bristol. The interweb is replete with shots of all the famous Bristol landmarks, most of which are by necessity taken from the same spot and consequently are all practically identical. Hence I've never quite summoned the enthusiasm to add another load of my own.

By chance I noticed that this week the Clifton Suspension Bridge (or 'Spenshunbridge' as it's known locally) was closed at night for resurfacing work, so I pencilled in a couple of evenings in the hope I could reel off some photos taken from a place you don't normally get chance to - the bridge deck.

Hopefully the internet is ready for another set of the Clifton Suspension Bridge at night. I had to wait for the final night of closure before I could get a heavy rain shower to brighten up the road with some nice reflections. You can see all these and loads more, all nice and big at Flickr.

SUNDAY 17th JULY 2011

RIAT 2011

I paid an afternoon visit to Fairford to catch some of this year's Air Tattoo. No prizes for guessing what the weather was like.

Luckily the afternoon flying programme included most of the planes I wanted to see, including the A-10 Thunderbolt (the top five below) - the best display of the afternoon, I thought.

Some more now on Flickr.


Yeovilton Air Day

A few from the Air Day at RNAS Yeovilton. The crowd line at this event faces south (directly into the sun) so the customary dreary weather actually did me a favour this time, giving some nice dark backdrops and saving what would otherwise have been a lot of backlit photos.

It was a pretty good flying display, too, with MiG-29, Rafale, Super Etendard, GR4 demo, Sea Vixen, Vulcan, Red Arrows, Fairey Swordfish, Sea Fury, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and so on. I'll put some more up on Flickr later.

MONDAY 4th JULY 2011

Marbled Whites

The weather forecast for the rest of the week is looking pretty rubbish, so I took the opportunity this evening to photograph a few Marbled Whites in one of the meadows at Chew.

The top one is a bit bigger on here.

SUNDAY 26th JUNE 2011

White Admiral

Lord's Wood is one of only two sites near Bristol with a population of White Admirals, and even though it's only ten minutes from home I don't visit as often as perhaps I could. Today's hot sunny weather after weeks of cold fronts and rain looked like a good time to visit, and as luck would have it I was able to run off a few shots of a White Admiral as it came down for a spot of mud-puddling.


Never seen one of those before

We get a few odd-looking hybrid ducks at Chew, most of which have a predictable combination of aythya parents. Less likely would be Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck, but that's exactly what this would appear to be...

He's beginning to moult into eclipse plumage so is beginning to lose the crest and is acquiring some brown feathers on his head; but nevertheless it's a pretty striking-looking thing. A quick browse on the internet reveals a few other examples of this hybrid, although few seem to match the mix of characters shown by this one.

A few more on Flickr.

SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2011


My first airshow of the year, and despite Bristol being bathed in fine sunshine, at Kemble the skies were grey nearly all day, with the cloud properly breaking only when the last displays were being flown.

Consequently most of the days pictures were the best of a bad job, but it was nice to see plenty of fast jets bombing about the place (not literally). A role demo by two Tornado GR4s was one of the highlights for me, as it was the only appearance of afterburning jets all day. Sadly due to spending cuts and operational requirements, the RAF Typhoon display team is only attending a few airshows this year, without a Typhoon, which is both a shame and slightly odd.

Having only been visiting airshows for the last few years, I still get to see something new at each one, so that's a bonus I suppose even if the weather is shite. In this case, Gloster Meteor (top) and Sea Fury (top but one). Nice to see the rainbow-liveried 'Miss Demeanor' Hunter for the first time as well. Unfortunately the plane was venting fuel on take-off; the stink of aviation fuel was noticeable as it spewed from the wing like a smoke trail on take-off. Presumably this fault was responsible for it pulling out of the big Hunter formation at the end of the show.

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