Red Grouse surveys his kingdom

Sometimes, red grouse can be the most confiding of birds and this male on the moors above Pateley Bridge was one such bird. He allowed a very close approach and I was able to photograph him from the car from a very close range using a variety of lenses for different effects. I really like this image of him surveying his kingdom stretching out before him in the last half hour of daylight.

red grouse at sunset on the North York Moors
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Rock hopping redshank

Just a simple image from today of a redshank hopping over rocks along the edge of the Humber at low tide. I was high on the Humber bank looking down which is not ideal, but I like the shot, I was testing the 200-500mm Nikon zoom with my old 1.7x converter that I have dug out and, I have to say, it worked fine. The 200-500mm works well with the 1.4x also but not at all with a 2x converter.

redshank by Yorkshire wildlife photographer John gardner
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Marsh Harrier nest building

A trip along the M62 to the banks of the River Humber to photograph bitterns turned into something far more exciting when I witnessed this male march harrier nest building deep in the reedbeds. The bird spent about an hour flying in with reeds and twigs and dropping them into the reeds and then each time went straight back out for more material. I don’t know if he was nest building alone or whether the fenale was in the reeds arranging the twigs as he dropped them but I suspect not. My thoughts that he was alone came afetr he flew off and despite my waiting around for nearly two hours, he didn’t return and no female came out of the reeds. It was a fabulous experience made all the more exciting by the fact that I also photographed a bittern and bearded tits along with the harrier. However, the marsh harrier remained the star of the show.

male marsh harrier carrying nesting material by John Gardner
male marsh harrier carrying nesting material by John Gardner
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Firecrest – a jewel of a bird

I never tire of photographing firecrest, they are such gorgeous little birds flitting around in the bushes and trees. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph them in Wiltshire on several occasions now so I thought I’d post an image I’ve just processed up.

firecrest by Yorkshire wildlife and landscape photographer John Gardner
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Website overhaul for Wildscenes

Ive been running the Wildscenes website since the early 90s and it has gone through various iterations to become what it has today. I am no coder by any means and so updating and changing the web site style has always been a challenge. Over the recent weeks, Wildscenes became corrupt and was not displaying correctly so I have taken the opportunity to rewrite the site and apply a new design. I am currently in the throws of completing this transition and it has meant I’ve had to pretty much do a ground up rebuild. So, you may find a few broken links and sparsely populated galleries but I am working hard to fix it in between my commercial photography shoots. I’m still taking a few wildlife images and here’s one I’m pleased with taken just a few days ago on the Humber estuary.

drake teal in flight
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