Drones, Dawns and Dusks and a moment of madness
|Curlews, Sunset and a very excited me.|
I had a very eventful last month, so my writing has taken a back seat to all the photography I have been doing. There has been a lot to focus my attention on. I've been to Gwent's North and South, taking landscape pictures of fantastic sunrises and magnificent sunsets. This year my drone work has become a major part of my photography and I have grown more confident using it in various locations. I have also experimented with some nightscape photography which I have found very interesting.
My wildlife photography has remained a major interest and whether it has been walking the hills of North Gwent or hanging about at my usual patch at Goldcliff in the Newport Wetlands to the south, my hobby has kept me happy and sane. Most of all I have often had some great company from my friends and family on my various trips.
I also had a really funny moment earlier this month and in a moment of madness decided to purchase and convert to a Canon camera! I was going to trade in most of my Nikon kit. This would have caused shock waves throughout my Nikon and Canon friends and Paul Joy thought I had at last seen the light and was turning from the dark side! But in the end, it all turned out to be a very bad idea and would have been extremely costly to make the changes resulting in me soon cancelling my order.
I woke up the following day in a cold sweat feeling as if I just had a very bad nightmare! (The worst ever what was I thinking - Canon AHHH) I initially felt like Leonardo Decaprio at the end of the film Inception when you don't really know whether it was a dream or reality but I went and checked my camera bag and all my Nikons were still there. Phew.
With so much having gone on I have decided to post some of my favourites from the last month of photography with a "few" words about them.
|Sunrise up the Blorenge|
The North of Gwent continues to be a location I return to on regular occasions. The views are absolutely breathtaking and the place has lots of birds. I have enjoyed views of Wheatears, Cuckoo, Stonechats, Red Kites, Tree Pipits, Meadow Pipits, Buzzards, Reed Buntings and Whinchats - which leads me on to my next picture.
|A pale newly fledged Whinchat|
This year the Whinchats were a little harder to find during the spring but Paul Joy and I found them towards the end of the breeding season when they were fledging. I counted six pairs in total and I think all had fledged chicks.
My love affair with Goldcliff Lagoons has continued and I am rarely away from the reserve for long. I had some really productive visits this month.
On one visit I was very fortunate to see one of the Barn Owls quartering the lagoons in broad daylight.
|Barn Owl hunting in daylight|
|The sun eventually did put in an appearance|
|Its a lovely view from the track seeing the sun rise up above the Skirrid from the clouds.|
|The first Severn Crossing - the sun rises smack in the middle of the bridge.|
|Monks and Becs are bone dry|
|Only Priors has water|
|Great White Egret|
|The sunset from the seawall on the reserve was spectacular.|
|Waves of Curlews|
|Priors was full of waders|
|Newport Suspension Bridge|
|A nightscape of Newport City.|