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...

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
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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Winter thrushes

With all this snow and freezing weather, the Redwings and Fieldfares have moved from the fields and woodlands where you wouldn't normally be able to get anywhere near them, to the berry-laden city where they tend to allow a much closer approach. This morning I visited one of the industrial estates at Avonmouth for a couple of hours when it would be really quiet, and I would hopefully get some nice snowy snaps without the birds being unduly disturbed by all the comings-and-goings that usually happen there during a working week. There had been a group of Waxwings nearby, but it seems as though they've scoffed all the rowan berries and buggered off.

Even on the shots of the birds feeding in the trees you can tell there's snow on the ground by the nice uplighting that gets rid of all the grey shadows. Loads more on my Flickr page.


More from the bridge

Most of the lake is still frozen over, and as well as the gulls and Bitterns on the ice at Herriott's Pool to photograph, there are Reed Buntings and Water Rails coming down to seed that's been scattered along the causeway. One of the Water Rails was coming to within four meters.

You need to be there in the mornings to get the best light to photograph the buntings and rails (if there is any light, that is), and in the afternoons to get the best light on the pool. Having said that, in winter at Herriott's Pool it's more a case of the afternoons having the least bad light rather than the best, as you face south-east.



Last weekend at Chew I found a Peacock butterfly on the steps of Moreton hide, and a quick look inside produced another five of them hibernating. It's really dark in there even with the shutters open, but even so I can't say I've come across any hibernating butterflies in it before.

So this weekend, armed with torch, macro lens and ringflash I visited all the bird hides and was surprised at the number of butterflies I saw; 16 Peacocks and one Small Tortoiseshell. I also found a Herald moth, 113 Harlequin Ladybirds, a Two-sot Ladybird, two Depressaria daucella, two Agonopterix ciliella/heracliana, and a few lacewings and wasps.

The shots below are another good reason to shoot in raw - with my torch and the ringflash as the only sources of light all the shots were really warm and yellowy - I had to pull the white balance right back to get them looking a bit more natural. Although in the darkness of the hides I suppose it would be difficult to say exactly what a natural colour balance is.



Decided to look for the two Whooper Swans which have been at Cheddar for the last month or so. I had a feeling the light would be in a bad direction (which it was), and the birds weren't exactly close, either.

Sometimes backlighting can work quite well with white birds, especially on water but today they were just a bit too far away, and with the water level being so low I couldn't get any closer to the edge to get a better angle. So I made do with some arty-farty backlit shots, of which this is the best of a tightly-cropped bad bunch...

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