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

Previously blogged...

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

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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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Laps 2

I decided to have another go at the Clevedon Lapland Buntings with the light being so good today, and I dropped in at Cheddar Res on the way home in the hope of getting a few snaps of the Red-necked Grebe. It was right out in the middle when I arrived, but after a while it swam back into the shore along the western edge (which is where all the recent Red-necked Grebes have ended up) where it showed really well.



Another one to catch up with after everyone else! There's been a big influx of Lapland Buntings in the UK this autumn, and finally a few have made their way to these parts. There had been two or three for a few days on the sea-wall at Clevedon, but I was lucky to find that there were four when I visited this afternoon.



Made a ground-pod. Photographed some birds on the ground.



As usual I seem to have caught up with a well-photographed local bird about a week after everybody else - in this case the female Red-breasted Merganser at Cheddar. I think this must have been the bird I saw at Chew on 24th September.

A smart Black Swan was also there; it makes a change to see one free-roaming and with a full compliment of wings, so I made the most of the chance to take a few shots of one 'in the wild'.



I've had a little tidy-up and you should now be able to view the most recent blog photos in glorious 640px.



There are still quite a few late insects about when the weather is warm enough; these two Migrant Hawkers were in a pretty sheltered spot so I was able to use a fairly slow shutter speed to get enough depth of field. Taken with the 500mm on a tripod.


Avonmouth Ibis

Just a couple from a big selection of the approachable Glossy Ibis. It carries a Spanish colour ring, which was attached at the Coto Doņana. One of my shots was used on the cover of the November issue of British Birds.


Airbus Family Day

More wait-and-see photography at a private airshow (the Filton Friends and Family day) only this time I had a pretty good idea what I would be seeing. Gone are the days that I could waft in through the main gate with my BAe contractors pass, so I chose a suitable spot high on the periphery, armed with a very long lens...

That said, I reckon I had the best views of anyone of the A380 display, and I was the only person there to be at eye-level for some of the smaller jet passes.

I've only been visiting airshows for a couple of years, but even so, tradition already demands that the weather leading up to the event will be splendid, clouding over during the first displays, becoming positively grey half-way through and then brightening up on the way home.

More of this ilk on my Flickr page, where you can see them all at 900px.


Wait & see

Did a spot of 'wait-and-see' photography for an hour or two today in the hope of getting some Green Sandpiper photos. After a while there were five of them wandering about in front of me but although I managed a few decent shots, the water's edge was a little bit too far away to give me anything close; I suppose the pictures I got were the best I could hope for in the event.

If there's one species that demands good light for taking photos it's the Green Sand. For one thing they never keep still, they're usually in some dingy corner where there's never any sun, and even if you do get a co-operative bird in good light, the sun has to be in just the right direction. And then you end up spazzing up the metering - just look at those blown out whites.

A Lapwing and a few Teal were also close enough for a few shots.

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