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Yeovilton and Fairford

As usual I took far too many pictures at Yeovilton and the Air Tattoo, although this year I had the luxury of blue skies for a change. So below is a selection of my favourites; there are a few more on Flickr...


Weston Air Day

You could have put money on June 22nd and 23rd being a dreary, miserable, windy, rain-filled weekend as soon as they announced that there would be an airshow at Weston.

Which it was.

Never mind, most of the booked aircraft were still able to fly, although the Red Arrows were only able to do a flat display. My cunning plan of watching from Brean Down just about paid off; there were some close passes by the Vulcan and the Red Arrows.

A few more on Flickr


Gropper and Garganey

A chance to photograph a couple of birds which as usual I seem to be a bit late in catching up with.

This Grasshopper Warbler at Aust Warth had been showing really well by the road as he sang from some bramble scrub early in the mornings; he was already quite famous on the internet even after being there for just a few days.

The male Garganey was at Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean; it's an uncommon summer migrant to the British Isles and I've never seen one as close as I did today - at one point he swam to within three metres. Too close to focus on! Some of the pictures below were a blend of three raw conversions, such was the contrast on the bird's plumage in the strong sunlight. Not to mention a few sneaky removals of particularly nasty out-of-focus highlights and the odd bit of objectionable pond crap. A bit of a chore to process but well worth the effort. I don't know when I'll get chance to photograph one in summer kit as close as this again.


Early mornings

A few more of the Woodchat which has been behind Herriott's Pool for the last nine days. These were all taken in the first hour or two of daylight; as the sun rose behind Burledge Hill in the morning it was perfect as it shone on the bird's favoured hedge directly.

I think that this must be one of the most accommodating rarities I've seen; the shots below were taken over four mornings. On each occasion I was the only person there, which no doubt helped.

It was quite tricky to get clean shots which didn't have the bird obscured by branches, but she usually returned to a few particular stems where I could wait for a clear view. With careful positioning I could get a nice green backdrop of the ivy-covered trees behind.

A bit of luck that we had four mornings of sunshine in just over a week! More can be found on Flickr.

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