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October 27th 2018
Multiple attempts over 3 years and finally a low angle Red Fox image in woodland habitat at night in Autumn.
In Autumn and Winter a fox's coat grows a lot thicker to keep warm, also making it more photogenic. Foxes
are omnivores which means they eat fruit and some plants as well as small animals. Their usefulness at
controlling rodent numbers is greatly unappreciated in Ireland.

Red Fox
Red Fox foraging in woodland at night.
 









September 26th 2018
Changing weather patterns have both frustrated and aided this months photography. The race is on to build up
fat reserves for many animals while food is plentiful. This extra activity by a wide variety of species means using
all the different techniques i've learnt over the years . Subjects photographed so far include, Badger, Treecreeper,
Devil's Coach Horse Beetle, Wood Mouse, Mute Swans, Centipede, and a few species of tiny Micro moths.


Treecreeper
Treecreeper
 


Mute Swans' approach flight
Mute Swans' approach flight
 


Badger on the move
Badger on the move.
 








August 31st 2018
Decaying orchard windfall fruit attracting butterflies and other insects provided some macro subjects over the last few days,
also had close encounters with Raven and juvenile Sparrowhawk. The latter attempting to capture a Kingfisher over open
water on a small lake, unfortunately the attack was too far away for a useful image. Species photographed this month include Red admiral Butterfly, Green Veined White Butterfly, Raven, Red Squirrel, and Bullfinch.


Red Admiral Butterfly on rotten windfall apple.
Red Admiral Butterfly on rotten windfall apples.
 


Green Veined White Butterfly on Water Mint
Green Veined White Butterfly on Water Mint
 


Red Admiral Butterfly on rotten windfall apple
Red Admiral butterfly on a rotten windfall apple.
 


Raven
Raven
 







July 27th 2018
High Summer is my main season for insect photography. There are hundreds of species to choose from at this time of year in the Cavan area. Extreme macro, normal macro and insect in flight photography techniques take plenty of practice before even average photographs can be achieved. So I've spent many days by the wildlife pond, by hedgerows, field margins and woodland edges to make publishable photographs of Brown Hawker Dragonfly, Azure Damselfly, Soldier Beetle, Sexton Beetle, Green Leaf Hopper, Horse Fly, and Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly, to name some of them.

Brown Hawker Dragonfly
Brown Hawker Dragonfly
 


Horse Fly compound eyes
Horse Fly compound eyes
 



Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
 



Compound Eyes of a Dragonfly
Compound eyes of the Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
 







June 29th 2018

Subjects photographed this Summer so far: Hairy Dragonfly egg laying, Great Crested Grebe, Ringlet Butterfly, Shoaling Perch and Roach,
Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly, Snipe Fly, Azure Damselfly hatching out, Reed Beetle, Willow Warbler, Mute Swan, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Lone tree on a foggy dawn morning, Chicken of the Woods Fungi.

Lone Tree on a foggy dawn.
A lone tree in the fog at dawn
 


Male Bullfinch.
Bullfinch
 


Hairy Dragonfly laying her eggs in aquatic plants.
Hairy Dragonfly layng eggs.
 







May 24th 2018
Initial test images from the diy underwater housing look promising, clear water and good light over the coming months will hopefully produce some useful pictures.

Subjects photographed so far this Spring include: Fulmar, Gannet, Great Skua, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Guillemot, Green Dock Leaf Beetle, Spotted Flycatcher, Bullfinch, a Rookery, Carder Bee, Zebra Jumping Spider, St. Marks Fly, Red Ant, Bluebells, Treecreeper, Badger, Collared Dove, Bird Cherry, Swallow, Hooded Crow, and Goldcrest. See some samples below.

Bluebells
Bluebells
 


Treecreeper
Treecreeper
 


Zebra Jumping Spider
Zebra Jumping Spider
 


Great Skua at sea
Great Skua
 




March 23rd 2018
Currently making an underwater dslr camera housing for photographing freshwater fish.

Also getting to grips with large format photography using a 6cm x 17cm panoramic 120 roll film back on a 4x5 field camera. Image turnaround with this system will be approximately 20 images per year. Looking forward to shooting landscapes on film where resolutions of 150 megapixels can be acquired from the scanned film, suitable for detailed panoramic prints 4.5 meters long and 1.5 meter wide.

The nocturnal woodland mammals project continues, usually get 3 or 4 publishable images every week, here's some examples:

Red Fox in Winter
 

Badger pair.
 



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