Tuesday, June 7, 2011

House Martins

In my youth I used to be keen on motor racing and went to quite a few grand prix to photograph the heroes of the day at speed, but I have to say that photographing a racing car was a whole lot easier than photographing swifts, swallows, sand martins and house martins in flight. The path of a speeding racing car is predictable - these house martins just appeared like a bolt from the blue and streaked past, almost touching the surface of the river Derwent then, usually, just as I was about to press the shutter button, turned in their own length and dashed off in a different direction. Wonderful birds, though....


This picture is better if you double-click to enlarge it a bit...

15 comments:

  1. Little devils to capture with the camera Phil. Like speeding bullets.
    Couple of good shots.

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  2. That second shot reminds me of Bluebird on Coniston Water, circa 1967.

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  3. Now what have you started. Last time it was swallows at Westgate. Good shots I am lucky to get any at all.

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  4. I'm amazed that you managed to get any shot, that's a great job.

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  5. You did well to capture them.

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  6. I appreciate this post - I find it incredibly hard to photograph birds. As you say they are unpredictable. I am getting better at taking the shots but find I need a tripod and that is very limiting especially with birds.

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  7. Wow - I'm awed by the fact that you got any kind of photo at all!

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  8. Hi Phil!

    Your excellent Ghost moth Country Diary has been purloined by the Northerner - www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner - which is great cos I did a post about the moths here on the N a couple of days ago. So northern moths rule! Many thanks. M

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  9. I did think of calling this speeding blue bullets, Keith - wish I had now...

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  10. Hi Rob, I guess in that respect Donald Campbell must have experienced something of the sensations of a low-flying house martin once he had his boat up on the plane....

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  11. Morning Adrian, I'd never have even tried back in the days of silver halide films - couldn't have afforded the wastage - you should see how many dud shots I got!

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  12. Hi Toffeeapple and swanscot, I was amazed too - a lot of teh frames were blur with no bird!

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  13. Hi catmint, I tend to be an opportunist bird photographer - haven't got the patience and determination to begin to do it properly..

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  14. I didn't expect to get anything presentable Mark - two lucky shots!

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  15. Thanks Martin! I admired your elephant hawk-moth shots the other day. Last year we found an elephant hawk-mth caterpillar within 50 yards of where the ghost moth turned up. Someone should run a moth trap in teh Derwent valley - I think they'd get a lot of interesting stuff...

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