I have just returned from a wonderful week in Finland where I have photographed osprey and black throated diver. We spent a lot of time with each species and I am absolutely delighted with the results. I have in particular some very special osprey pictures which I am keeping in my back pocket for now. Here is one though to whet the appetite.
An afternoon session at the wonderful British Wildlife Centre allowed me to be a bit creative with my camera and some of the great mammals that they have there. Foxes, badgers, otters all performed and I even managed some shots of the normally shy weasels.
I have not done much pre-planned butterfly photography but my friend Oliver Smart has been working on a project to photograph all the British species. His latest subject, black hairstreak brought him close to me in the Midlands so I took the opportunity to join him.
Normally these small butterflies rest and feed high up in the trees. This one was no exception but as it had chosen a particularly flexible hazel branch it was possible to slowly bend the branch down to bring him to photographic range. The butterfly remained unfussed and we were able to get great views and images..brilliant!