Rich Andrews photography
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

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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Jack Snipe

Last week saw the arrival of the first Jack Snipe of the autumn at Chew. Luckily, they've taken a liking to a patch of dead vegetation right in front of Stratford hide, where up to five have been seen. They take some finding though - it's not exactly Lower Moors. One of them came a little closer than usual in the gloom this afternoon, but even so it was still a fair way off for photos, as can be seen by the noisy massive crop below. That said, the pictures didn't tidy up too badly for the web. There's another one on my logbook page.


Brown Shrike

Unexpectedly, the Surrey Brown Shrike was still present for the weekend, so off I went down the M4. Usually when I go somewhere to see a rare bird I'm lucky to end up with a series of photos containing 'background' which happen to have a bird in them. Today was no exception, but views through the scope were rather fine, which has got to be the main thing. The Azorean Yellow-legged Gull was still at Appleford too, so it would have been silly not to. There were loads of Red Kites between the M4 and Pangbourne/Goring/Didcot, including about a dozen scavenging around the landfill site. What splendid birds they are.


More garden moths

I should put the moth trap out less often; there was another first for the garden in there this morning - Red-green Carpet. I think that puts the list on just over 580. A two-garden tick weekend then, or three if you count the Black Redstart that appeared on nextdoor's roof this morning.

Both the Red-green Carpet and Angleshades below are stacks - the former about three or four frames to get the thorax and legs in focus, the latter was a seven frame stack (both using Helicon Focus). Unfortunately the carpet loses a lot of definition in resizing; you can see all the scales in the full-size original. There's another shot of the Angleshades at my Photostream, or you can see it bigger here.


Garden moths

The first time I put my moth trap out this month and a first for the garden arrives - Feathered Ranunculus. They're common in central Bristol but for some reason they don't occur on the outskirts. Caught a Cypress Carpet as well, the second this year. The only picture I've processed so far is the one below - Udea ferrugalis - a migrant. I also spent far too long this afternoon trying to photograph some Harlequin Ladybirds; the little buggers wouldn't keep still.


Bowling about around the Parkland

Sometimes when you're in the car you can just drive straight up to things that otherwise would have legged it. Despite the fact this Pheasant could see me hanging out of the window pointing a huge lens in its direction, it was more interested in squaring up to another Pheasant than scarpering. The shot below was just about full-frame. Shame the light was so awful. I also bumped into a couple of Roe Deer along the track.

By the way, I've added a few new galleries at my Photostream. The hybrid duck one is particularly unmissable. Click here for some more pictures from this afternoon at my Flickr gallery.


Chew tick!

Normally when I take week off in September, nothing turns up at Chew, but this year was different and a Long-billed Dowitcher magically appeared in front of Derek Angel. Shame it's always pretty far away, although I did manage a few record shots after a long wait for it to appear...


Not a Glossy Ibis

After obtaining permission at CVRS to put up a small screen in a rather cunning spot to photograph the Glossy Ibis, I might have guessed that the sodding thing would leave before I got to use it. Never mind, I did manage to get some nice full-framers of Lapwing and the colour-ringed Little Egret.

Click here for some more pictures today at my Flickr gallery.


Glossy Ibis

News that the weekend's Glossy Ibis at Chew was showing at close range in front of Stratford hide meant that another after-work trip was called for, and again, it was showing as advertised when I arrived. Shame the sun had gone in by the time I got there, but it's better than it being half a mile away on the other side of the lake!



A quick after-work trip to Chew for today's Spoonbill - it was stood in front of Moreton hide, not really doing anything. Unfortunately it wasn't particularly close - had to use two 1.4x extenders to get this shot, and even then it was pretty small in the picture. Still, doesn't look too bad thanks to the wonders of web resizing:


Chard Res

Decided to go and look at the Great White Egret that's been at Chard Res for ages. What an awful place to have to get to from Bristol (notwithstanding the fact I went via Chew and Greylake). I managed to get some pretty close looks at it despite the noisy punters and dog walkers that seemed to be doing all they could to boot it off. It's about time we had another of these at Chew.

Click here for some more pictures of it at my Flickr gallery.

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