Birds

Cupid’s Arrow and the birds

Cupid’s Arrow and the birds Cupid’s Arrow in San Francisco provides an interesting silhouette against the evening sky. If you’ve payed close attention to my photos in the past you might think this is a duplicate of another shot but it’s from a slightly different angle and wider, and I feel stronger because of the […]

The lonely swan

The lonely swan A solitary swan swims on the calm waters of The Lough as the sun disappears at the end of the day. Believe it or not, this is a 10 second exposure that turned out much better than I could have hoped! I balanced my camera on the edge of the Lough, set […]

The gull and the flag

The gull and the flag Two teenagers watch a seagull on the way back from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The US flag flutters in the same breeze that keeps the gull aloft, who no doubt is hoping for food from the boat full of tourists. I’m going to be shooting at a fund raising […]

The swans they are a coming

The swans they are a coming Swans rush to the bank of the Lough looking for bread from the crazy guy hanging over the water with a large black object… This shows off one of my favourite night-time techniques. Long exposure with a flash. The long exposure captures the background while the flash illuminates the […]

The gulls of Alcatraz

The gulls of Alcatraz Yet another curious seagull on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco. I think he has a stern, angry look on his face, probably because I disturbed him by waving a camera in his face!

A resident of Alcatraz

A resident of Alcatraz Alcatraz Island is now inhabited by the birds and I presume security staff but I think the birds have a better life with all the tourists around hefting lunches and sandwiches from the mainland. Imagine the scene, me and a few of the others scrambling to get a shot of this […]

Bird flying by

Bird flying by A gull flies off after an inconsiderate photographer runs after it to shoot it. Beats having the kids do the running eh? They might fall! This was taken in San Francisco, and that’s The Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I went through my shots from my August trip a few days […]

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The Thieving Duck

A duck robs a poor innocent woman as she’s distracted by the cute ducklings. Moments later they all rush off with their ill-gotten gains! What you don’t see is the camera crew, make-up and lighting people and a small crowd watching from behind them. This was for some advert and of course the woman in […]

Swan and Young

A mother swan and her young offspring. There was a lovely sunset causing a deep red reflection in the water. The mother swan was very protective and aggressive and reared up and spat at me a moment after I took this shot! Edit: This photo is hosted on Zoomr! Thomas Hawk is appealing to the […]

The Swan Gang

The Swan Gang Tough looking swans gather for bread at the Lough in Cork for bread. The problem with shooting dangerous wildlife with a wideangle lens is that unless you stick the camera in their faces nobody will believe you were risking life and limb by leaning down right next to them when shooting. Well, […]

The Heron and the bars

The Heron and the bars Last in the series of Heron shots. I took over 100 shots of this bird so I’d be certain of getting a good photo and this is my favourite despite the ugly vertical bars! He was walking towards the bridge and I crouched down and focused on him through the […]

Heron on the river and pipe

Heron on the river and pipe A Heron pictured on the River Lee through the bars of the Christy Ring Bridge, Cork. He waded through the water looking for food in the river bed but except for the occasional rock didn’t have much luck in finding his dinner. This is the second of three photos […]

Heron on the river and trolley

Heron on the river and trolley A Heron pictured on the River Lee through the bars of the Christy Ring Bridge, Cork. Moments before I got close enough, two other herons flew away down the river. Despite the rubbish and trolleys in the river it’s a great sign to see wild life again. This is […]

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle This bird, the American Bald Eagle, took my breath away when I saw it at the zoo. He looked so majestic and dignified, despite the fact that he was surrounded by bars in a large enclosure. The shot is at the extreme end of the Canon 75-300mm zoom and it’s a little […]

White Owl

White Owl An owl pictured inside it’s enclosure at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. The faint lines are the thin bars of the cage. I love the eye! If you have a moment, check out Glassey Alley, Ryan’s new photoblog!