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...

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

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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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SUNDAY 27th JUNE 2010

Scarce Chaser

A quick trip to a site near Chew Magna in the hope that Scarce Chasers would be on the wing at the River Chew - which they were. There were three males darting about in the sunshine but due to the nature of the site it was difficult to get close enough for any photos. Eventually one of them perched up on a convenient stem and I was able to grab the shot below with a 500mm lens and a short extension tube.

Despite having bred on the River Chew for some years there had only ever been one record of Scarce Chaser at the lake, so I went down to the short stretch of river between the main dam and the pumping station in the hope that one would have wandered upriver. Which one had. This is a very under-watched part of the lake so I bet they're more frequent here than previously realised. I also saw a White-legged Damselfly at the site near Chew Magna - another species not recently recorded at Chew.


Cotswold Airshow

Father and myself went to Kemble to see the Cotswold Airshow on Saturday; as with the last airshow I went to at Fairford in 2009, it was quite cloudy for much of the day, but Sunday's weather was rather more like it, so I popped down for an hour in the afternoon for some photos of the Typhoon display and some of the old-school stuff in the sunshine.

I'm just starting to upload a load more from here to my Flickr gallery now.

Managed to catch the strobe on one of the Typhoon shots...

SUNDAY 13th JUNE 2010

Emperor's lunch

As the weather was fine again, I took a trip to the AWT reserve at Weston Moor, ostensibly to gather a few records for the forthcoming dragonfly atlas, but also with the hope of getting some photographs of Hairy Dragonfly - a species I saw in Poland a fortnight ago, but not for many years in this country.

I saw a male in flight a few times on one of the rhynes which was continually being bullied by Four-spotted Chasers, but I later managed to find this female perched in the marsh. It was tricky to get a clear shot through all the grass and juncus; never mind, as I only saw two all day I was probably lucky to come away with any photographs at all.

Another species I'd never photographed before was Emperor Dragonfly. Primarily because I normally only ever see them in flight, tarting about along the lake edge at Chew. I've also never seen any evidence of the species' fearsome hunting prowess, evidently they take prey up to the size of a small dove, but I don't think I've ever seen one eat anything bigger than a house fly. Luckily I happened across this one tucking into a Brimstone butterfly.

Again, I was a little irked by the nasty grassy background, but no such worries with this rather nice female Broad-bodied Chaser...


River damsels

In an effort to get a few dragonfly pictures done, I dropped in by the River Avon at Keynsham this morning to look for Scarce Chasers. Unfortunately although it was pretty humid, the sunshine that I was hoping for (and the dragonflies) didn't materialise, so I was left with half a dozen species of damselfly to photograph. By far the commonest were the Banded Demoiselles - there were hundreds of them, with a few White-legged Damselflies which I also managed to get a few photos of. The Red-eyeds were on lilies on the river, so hopefully the newly-discovered site at Chew might be more fruitful for those.



Between 22nd and 29th May, Portly Leader and co had the dubious pleasure of my company on a trip to Poland. Having visited the country in late March a few years ago, I was looking forward to a late spring trip, where there would be a full compliment of summer migrants to look at. Collared Flycatcher, Aquatic Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Lesser Spotted Eagle, etc etc...

This spring there have been exceptional floods in Poland, and as a result the water level in the marshes is much higher than normal. Hence a lot of meadows have been flooded creating ideal feeding and breeding sites for marsh terns. This trip was particularly memorable for the sheer number of White-winged Black Terns we saw; thousands of them everywhere over the marshes, and at really close range as well. There were also good numbers of Black and Whiskered Terns as well.

I could have done with my 7D for photographing the terns in flight, but as it has been sent away to have the AF fixed I had to try and make do with my old 40D.

There were White Storks everywhere - they nest almost exclusively on platforms which have been erected especially for them. Most of them had chicks but nearly all the nests we found weren't very good for photos because you were always looking up at them from the ground. Then we found this nest near Goniadz which was below a viewpoint overlooking the marshes.

As well as the birds we also took a 40w actinic tube in the hope that we would see a few moths that are unusual in Britain. It proved a good move, as we recorded species such as White Prominent, The Feline, Dusky Hook-tip, Birch Mocha, Silver Barred and so on. The dragonflies weren't bad either - in fact the first insect that came to the light on one night was actually a dragonfly - a smart Yellow-spotted Emerald.

The Biebrza Marshes really are a sight to behold, and are famous as one of the best places in the world to see Aquatic Warbler. At least 1000 singing males are reckoned to be present, easily making the site of international importance for the species, which has an estimated global population in the order of only 13,000 pairs (based on singing males). The species is now known to breed at fewer than 40 sites in only 8 countries, with 80% of the world's breeding population being found at just four of those sites. It would be good to see one of these at Chew sooner rather than later!

I had no real expectations of getting blinding photographs of these - just as well, as they only show themselves properly when they sing, which happens mainly at dusk. So whilst I did enjoy some good looks at this one bird, I only had a proper chance at getting any clean shots after the sun had set. Hence these were taken at ISO 1600 with an exposure time of 1/25 second.

Not having done many trips to Europe, there were a few new butterflies for me as well - like European Map.


Better late than never

After almost a year of not being arsed, I've finally processed some of the Ferruginous Duck shots I took at Chew last May. Loads more on Flickr.

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