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Waiting for Puffins….

People are always asking me for Puffin photos – my collection was meagre so I decided late last year that in 2018 I would make a concerted effort to get some good photos of them. So, after visiting one of the off-shore, uninhabited islands recently I was  able to get some great Puffin shots. I’ve just sent my favourite image of the bunch off to the printers to be made into a square greeting card, hopefully they should arrive here very soon! Puffins are so cute! I took hundreds of shots.

Once I receive the order the cards will be on sale here online and at a variety of retail outlets for £2.50 which includes an envelope.

Hebridean Imaging art and photography outer hebrides Puffin greeting card

Making bookmarks…

Had a lovely time in my studio this afternoon making up some mixed media bookmarks – I’ve been having trouble keeping up with demand for these, with this little lot that will mean i’ve made 90 so far this year – and every single one different. They are now all packaged up and will be on the shelf at the Uist Craft Producers shop at Kildonan, South Uist tomorrow. £3 each which includes and envelope 🙂

Confession time: Sometimes I like one so much I keep it for myself, I have a wee collection dotted around the house.

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Daytrip to Ullapool

I tagged along with Jane and her weekly art group on their “grand day out” to Ullapool today. We had a brilliant day out and mooched around the shops and galleries, sat in the hot (yes, hot!) sun and drank tea, coffee and cold beer.

Our main purpose for going was to visit Kittie Jones’s exhibition that was on at the Ceilidh Place and to see Kittie give her artist’s talk during the afternoon. The talk was great and we had the opportunity afterwards to have a look through Kittie’s sketchbooks.

I took half an hour before the talk to do a sketch of The Ceilidh Place

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Photo Project 365 – Week 10 – March 2018

This week’s theme is Season – Spring

I have to say that it is looking pretty spring-like here in Andalusia compared with the UK who have had lots of cold weather and snow. It has been very windy and rainy here with quite a few thunder storms but it has been warm, usually between 12 and 20C during the daytime so I can’t complain at all!

Visible migration has also been quite amazing some days in between the showers with hundreds of Black Kites and White Storks going over on some days, heading north.

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64/365 Some type of asphodel growing everywhere at La Janda
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65/365 Flowers of the squirting cucumber plant
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66/365 Flowers growing in the garden. Certainly does look very spring-like!
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67/365 I can’t even get a rubber plant to grow this well inside the house at home – let alone outside!
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68/365 Lavender growing in the garden.
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69/365 Herbs growing on the windowsill – we are under instruction from the house owner to make sure they are watered – hasn’t been a problem with all this rain though 🙂
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70/365 Not very spring-like. Rain all day…

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve done 70 days already, where has all that time gone…

This week i’ve been using the following while working on my project:-

My iPad which I love!!

Instax Share SP2 Printer

(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)

Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots

though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.

The sketchbook I am using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

 

Visible migration

Visited both La Janda and Barbate. Probably the only two places still accesible by vehicle after all this rain.

Between the rain showers the migrants must have been pouring across the Straits from Africa. Hundreds of Black Kites and White Storks were seen. There were also plenty of other migrants around – Short-toed Eagles, Booted Eagles and Hoopoes.

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Black Kites taking a break from migration, resting up on the electric poles at La Janda
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Hoopoes seem to be finding plenty of insects anyway.
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Quite a few Yellow Wagtails around at both La Janda and Barbate. This is one of the Iberian sub-species
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Black Kite in flight shot

There were also lots of Serins around at La Janda today – some very bright ones in amongst them.

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Looking very colourful!

 

Bluethroats

With all the rain all of the ditches are flooded. Bluethroats, being skulky little devils at the best of times have found a new favourite bush that I can park near, using the car as a mobile bird hide, I staked out the bush for two hours and managed to get some half-decent photos. The three birds (one which had colour rings) were active for all of those two hours – they seemed to be finding plenty to eat. Also present were White Wagtails and a lovely Black Redstart.

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Still skulking…
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Skulking
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Almost got you – just the tip of the tail still hidden…
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Quick – press the shutter, it’s out in the open!!

Plenty of other birds around too

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Black Redstart
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White Wagtail – there were at least half a dozen of these guys in a small patch of washed up debris, finding plenty of insects.
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The Barn Swallows were also busy hawking for insects over the floods

Some images of the flooded fields complete this post (the water height at the sluice down the main channel can be see in this week’s Photo Project 365 as I took photos of that on three different days).

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The fields were flooded at La Janda for almost as far as the eye could see…
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I somehow don’t think this irrigation machinery will be needed this week…

People often ask me what bird field guide do I use in Spain, well, I use the same one that I use for the UK, which is, in my opinion the best of all for Europe.


I usually carry the paperback version with me while out and about and have the hardback at home.

I also have this one though these days I pretty much know where to go and I have my own personal favourite spots

My equipment for bird photography: Canon 1DX Mk.II with 600mm lens and Canon 2x Extender

The compact flash card I use is this one, the Sandisk Extreme Pro, and I like it a lot, I have no problems with it buffering

Photo Project 365 – Week 9 – February and March 2018

This week’s theme is Buildings

Lots and lots and lots of rain this week. Hey, whatever happened to “the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” Clearly disproved! Some of my photos this week were not strictly buildings, more structures but as it’s my own personal project i’m feeling free to interpret the projects as I wish. I’m sure you’ll understand 😀

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57/365 Front of the house
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58/365 Ian checking out what birds have been seen back at home in the Hebrides…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
59/365 Vejer de la Frontera. Love this town. Photo taken from underneath my umbrella. Rain all day. Sat in the bar La Bodeguita and caught up on online stuff…
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60/365 After all the rain we headed to La Janda, the water level is the highest i’ve seen it. The sluice was open – just as well because the water was going around the side of it…
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61/365 Sluice again. Rained all night and there is yet more water!
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62/365 The kitchen
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63/365 OK this really is the last sluice photo! Got to be at it’s highest point now. La Janda fields very flooded but managed to get some Bluethroat shots 🙂 See other post.

Well the Seawhite sketchbook i’m using to put my printed out photos into is working out great, though it’s getting hard to close now and it’s only a third full! Don’t quite know what it will be like by the end of June – will report back then 🙂

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Even after only 63 days of the project it’s already very satisfying to look back at my daily photo journal.

My iPad which I love!!

Instax Share SP2 Printer

(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)

Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots

though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.

The sketchbook I am using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

 

Eyebrowed Thrush photo makes Birdguides weekly review

Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter where you are you should always have your camera handy! The Eyebrowed Thrush – a last minute dash over to Cadiz to twitch this bird after hearing about it during lunch on the 24th February paid off nicely. The fourth record for Spain though two of those had been recorded as dead birds during Song Thrush hunting (yes, I know, I also wonder what the heck is the point of shooting Song thrushes??).

The bird was very confiding and seemingly not put off by the canoodling couple on a bench nearby (who likewise didn’t seemed put off by us birders hanging around with our bins and cameras). As there is a plentiful supply of food in the form of olives on the trees and a nice water fountain the bird might hang around a little longer…

Click here for the full Birdguides weekly review – scroll down there for the write up on the thrush in the Western Palearctic news.

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eyebrowed thrush - cadiz - spain - bird photography - rarity - 2018

eyebrowed thrush - cadiz - spain - bird photography - rarity - 2018

Photo Project 365 – Week 8 – February 2018

Still in southern Spain and the weather so far has way surpassed my hopes – warm, sunny and bright blue skies. Looks like there will be bit of a downturn next week though!

This week’s theme is Landscape

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50/365 La Janda. Looking for eagles…
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51/365 The garden is looking so lush and green
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52/365 Sancti Petri one of my favourite places for sitting having coffee after a hard mornings birding 🙂
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53/365 From the top of El Picacho, a tough climb up but an amazing view from the top!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
54/365 OK one of those after dark oops I haven’t taken a photo yet today moments. So, internal landscape…
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55/365 The park at Cadiz where the Eyebrowed Thrush was (see other post for photos of the thrush)
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
56/365 View from the terrace. Thankfully the army haven’t been back, camping out there, since our first week here.

My iPad which I love!!

Instax Share SP2 Printer

(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)

Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots

though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.

The sketchbook I am using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.