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.

 

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…
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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.

 

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!
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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)
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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.

Photo Project 365 – Week 7 – February 2018

This week’s theme is to take the daily photo using the Hipstamatic camera app rather than using the iPhone’s native camera. Some of the images have had further editing work done on them (because I like to play!).

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43/365 One of those oops I haven’t taken a photo days… Ian asleep, snoring gently on the couch, late evening. Hard work this birding…
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44/365 The wee house we are staying in during our two months in Spain.
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45/365 the garden is full of these hairy caterpillars today, the food plant seems to be this which has yellow flowers. I have no idea what species of moth the will be. Will update this post if I find out.
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46/365 A lovely day out with friends and checking out a restaurant ahead of the GONHS meeting on Saturday.
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47/365 Tiles at the motorway services station, La Palmosa, near Alcala de los Gazules. Wonderful!
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48/365 Early morning mist
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49/365 The terrace

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.

 

Photo Project 365 – Week 6 – February 2018

This week’s project is Abstract

I wasn’t too sure what I would do for abstract. I mean, what is abstract? What does that actually mean? I have to say though that I have really enjoyed this week it has given me the opportunity to be a little experimental and imaginative. See what you think…

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36/365 Hob
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37/365 Cactus
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38/365 Bowls
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39/365 Picnic under the pine tree (aka brocolli tree, our rather silly name for it)
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40/365 Firewood. Lena in spanish though it should have a little squiggle over the n which I can’t seem to be able to do on my laptop…
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41/365 Shadows. My favourite of all my photos this week. It looks so much like piano keys. The music was provided by the birds.
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42/365 Fence posts. Way out and whacky! Love spanish fence posts though they are so randomly shaped. No uniformity for them.

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.

 

Photo Project 365 – Week 5 – January and February 2018

This week’s theme is Creative

A full month now done and it hasn’t seemed to onerous. There has been the odd day when i’ve got side-tracked and almost not taken a photo creating a bit of an oops moment and last minute panic. So, onwards to the next month. Travelled to Spain on the Portmouth -> Santander ferry this week (thankfully calm!), three nights while travelling then arrived at the final destination, in southern Andalusia, on Saturday afternoon.

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29/365 Sara gave mum and me some lovely daffs, they are now fully out in flower.
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30/365 View from my porthole. Sailed from Portsmouth early in the morning. Thankfully calm! Nothing much to see out there though…
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31/365 View from my porthole 2. Arriving in Santander. Blue sky, sunshine but a cool wind. Looks fabulous though!
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32/365 Monfrague national park. Wonderful birds – lots of vultures. Collecting textures to use in my artwork. Shadow selfie.
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33/365 Exploring Extremadura. Looking for bustards and sand grouse. Fabulous sunny Spain!
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34/365 Arrived in southern Spain. Warm enough to sit out on the terrace for beer o’clock! View to the sea and salinas. Very happy.
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35/365 Late afternoon sunshine on the terrace.

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

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.

Arriving and getting settled

Our first full day down south here in Andalusia. Had a ride around at La Janda and then later on at Barbate.

There are still plenty of Cranes at La Janda plus a Black Stork.  I’ll just let the photos tell the story…

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Little Owl
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Black Stork
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Common Cranes

And at Barbate

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Audouin’s Gulls – Barbate
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Chiffchaff

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

Sticky post – Annual break

Just to let you know that I will be away during February and March 2018 as i’m heading down to Southern Spain on my annual break. following that I have some family commitments on the mainland. Any orders placed via the website are unlikely to be fulfilled until I return mid April.

I shall be taking photographs daily for my 2018 Photo365 Project which I will update weekly on here and I will no doubt (depending on the internet situation) Tweet some of my favourites – i will also be adding images now and again to Instagram.

My 2018 mobile phone Photo365 Project

My Twitter feed

My Instagram

Seabird Drawing with the SWLA

I now have a week and a bit to catch up on things before heading off to the mainland on the 16th June for the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) Seabird Drawing. I’ll be based at Aberlady Bay and am looking forward to working with some of my very favourite artists: Kittie Jones, Greg Poole, Darren Woodhead and Kim Atkinson. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about going on this course (excited and terrified at the same time haha!). It will be a very intensive week as there will probably be 8 hours a day in the field and then evening sessions back at base but I know that I will learn a massive amount.

So, watch this space for how I get along, I hope to upload some of my field sketches and photos from the trip – hopefully the sea will be calm for the trip out to the Bass Rock!