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Purple on the rocks

  I have the real pleasure of writing my first blog post of 2022 about a trip to Battery Point, Portishead, Bristol to photograph Purple Sandpipers (Calidris Maritima). As many of my readers will know I love waders probably above all bird species and so when I had the opportunity to get some pictures with my good friend Paul Joy of this rare, specially protected and very confiding wader species that winters in the UK coastland I was really excited. Up until this point I had never seen a Purple Sandpiper. They are small waders, bigger than a Dunlin but slightly smaller and less robust than a Turnstone.  They migrate to the UK in the winter from as far away places as Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Fennoscandia and Russia. They then spend their time along the coasts roosting and feeding on various rocky outcrops. They have a preference for rocks covered with seaweeds where they forage for insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They get their names because of a Purple sheen that can be seen in t

As darkness falls on Goldcliff Lagoons

Ive been experimenting a little at Goldcliff Lagoons and due to when my free time is and the nights drawing in I am finding myself getting less and less hours of daylight at the reserve.

I am also trying to mix things up a bit and try some different styles of photography. The clear skies have been perfect for sunsets, silhouettes  and night sky pictures.

The sky at Goldcliff really goes a fantastic orangery red colour and I love the look of the wind turbines and power station in the background as they make fabulous silhouettes.

I tried to capture the hides and platform screens in a different light and I think some of the pictures turned out quite well.

The birds were difficult to photograph as the lights dimmed so I tried to use the most of the setting sun lighting up the water to good effect.

My last experiment was a first for me and that was taking pictures of landscapes at night. The planet Mars has been showing really well all week. Other than the moon its been the brightest object in the sky at night.

I managed to take a few pictures as a start but need to work on my set up concerning infinity focusing.

As ever Goldcliff never stops giving and I think I managed to get a few different looking pictures of the reserve.

Redshank Platform

Greenshank Hide ( Hide 2)

Setting sun over Monks Lagoon (Lagoon 1)

Incoming Curlews to roost

Lapwings, Godwits and Dunlins

Teal Ducks

The Curlew Hide and night sky. The brightest object is the planet Mars.

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