It's been ages......

16th December 2010
..since I last updated my site, so apologies to the people that pop back from time to time to see if anything new has appeared. So, here's a quick update of what I've been doing...

I've spent most of my free time in Wales photographing low flying aircraft and to be honest it does become very addictive, the scenery is stunning, all the other togs are a great bunch of lads and it's an awesome sound and sight when you get some aircraft flying through.

The reason why I spent so much time in Wales was for one aircraft really. I was very keen on getting images of the USAF F15 Strike Eagle. These aircraft are based in Lakenheath Suffolk and they often train in the loop but they had been in Afghanistan for most of the year and it wasn't until the middle of November when they started to turn up in the loop again.
I had missed them on a few occasions, went on the Tuesday, F15s turn up on the Wednesday which was very frustrating but I finally managed to pick a day up the hills when they did turn up...

The first 2 flew in the morning and gave us one pass, although a little high..



It wasn't until the late afternoon when they returned and this time they managed to get down in the weeds....







The last shot of the day was in that lovely late afternoon winter light..



The local boys and girls from RAF Valley were out too, I was very pleased with this shot of the Display Hawk...



Plus a few of the big boys from the RAF, this Tornado GR4 gave us a superb pass...



We had some great light on this Eurofighter Typhoon..



One of my favourite images from my time in Wales is this shot of a Typhoon, it's all about the light and it can't get any better than at the end of the day...



On a sad note, these shots are my very last of the Harrier jump jet. As you've all probably seen on the tv they are no longer in service as from the 15th of December 2010 which is a complete farce if you ask me. I just hope all the crews find other aircraft to fly and maintain...

RIP Harrier, you'll be missed...





Right, lets get onto some wildlife shall we! I was lucky enough to get some Waxwings locally to me a few weeks ago so I grabbed my gear and took a trip over to see these amazing birds. They come over to winter in the UK from Scandinavia but this was the first time I have had the chance to photograph them. They aren't a difficult bird to photograph and allow you to get very close to them but the news of their arrival had spread fast, which in turn brought the idiots out. When will these people learn, chasing them from tree to tree wont get you the images? Best tactic is to pick a tree and wait for them to come to you but you just can't tell these people.

Anyway, I was very pleased with my first attempt at these beautiful birds but I cut my time short due to my rising blood pressure, I'll try again on another day when hopefully there wont be too many idiots about...







Due to the amount of people at this location I had a little look around my local industrial sites in the hope of finding some in a quieter spot, unfortunately I was out of luck with the Waxwings but I did find some good areas for Redwings and Blackbirds which I will be re-visiting....



Photographing the Waxwings and Blackbirds gave me the urge to visit my Barn Owl locations again, I had such a productive time at the begining of the year with the Owls and I was keen to see if a certain female bird was still around. She was great in front of the camera and I really enjoyed watching and photographing her. I arrived at first light and was greeted to that awesome sight of a Barn Owl hunting. I got the camera ready and watched for a while until the Owl settled down to hunt from some fence posts before attempting to take a picture, I was delighted to see it was the same Owl I had photographed at the begining of the year and true to form she posed for the camera...





Merry Chritmas and a Happy New Year to all that drop by for a look...