Rich Andrews photography
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...

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

Copyright and contact

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SUNDAY 25th APRIL 2010

Spring moths

The moth trap at Chew had a few proper spring moths in it this morning - a nice change after what seems to be the same five species for two months. Top to bottom - Chocolate-tip, Early Thorn and The Streamer.

You can see the Chocolate-tip a bit bigger on here.


Bee Hummer cover

What good news - my Bee Hummingbird on the cover of June's Birder's World.

FRIDAY 16th APRIL 2010

SSC sunset

Decided to take a few sunset shots this evening, and it seemed like the Second Severn Crossing from the viewpoint at the top of Over Lane would be worth a try, with the sun due to go down in just the right position over the Brecon Beacons. Isn't the internet with it's solar azimuth calculators a splendid thing?

Look at that sky, unmolested by vapour trails. I can't say that I thought the sunset itself was any different to a normal one, despite the 'ash clouds' hanging over us.


Some more of the same

Another trip to Barrow, only with better light and some slightly closer birds this time... Nearly got what I was after, but could have done with that displaying Ruddy Duck a bit closer. You need really fast shutter speeds to catch the display without any blur.



...or so I would be told by buffoons. Seeing as the last few years have given very few opportunities for me to take any pictures of Ruddy Ducks at Chew, I thought I'd make the most of the chance with these at Barrow before they get battered by some twat next winter.

I wondered whether the stupidity of these birds which allows them to be shot so easily would also allow me to get some shots of them today. With that in mind, I downloaded an mp3 of the display call on my interweb phone thingy, and played it back a few times to the birds present this morning. They instantly responded by swimming towards me and displaying to each other for a good 20 minutes or so. The divs. Or they did until the only two anglers on the entire perimeter of the tank decided to stroll up and fish 20 meters from where I was sat.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes also swam in whilst I was with the Ruddy Ducks. I then played some calls of their species, but they were less impressed and just gave me some strange looks. One of the birds was a particularly dusky-faced one. Quite smart.

SUNDAY 28th MARCH 2010


Having evidently used up all of my luck yesterday afternoon on the Lesser Scaup, I arrived at Stratford hide to find that the Ferruginous Duck (which was now on the other side of the lake) had earlier been so close to the hide that you could have hit it with a loaf of bread. Never mind - I've still got loads of shots of it from last May which I haven't got round to processing yet.

There's a pair of grebes with a territory close to the hide, offering some good chances of photos as they do their celebrated courtship nonsense. The one time I get a shot with both of them front-on and in focus, the light happens to be rubbish. Luckily they both came up with some weed on this occasion.


Lesser Scaup (better)

The Lesser Scaup was still around today - after failing to find it at the dam, I (for once) was lucky and had some close views of it at Stratford hide.


Some grey ducks on a grey day

The aythya flock at Stratford was good value today as many of the birds were tucked up close to the hide, including the bizarre Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid shown in the bottom two. The Lesser Scaup showed well off the dam, although getting some decent photos of it bobbing up and down on the choppy water was a bit tricky.

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