A new arrival

13th December 2010
Well since my last blog, things have changed some what for me and my wife with the arrival of our son George Candlish who was born on the 8th of May.

We are both so proud of our son and are getting used to having someone else to look after....

As you may guess, I have not really had the time to get out with my camera much over the last seven months and have not managed to do much in the way of photography.
A couple of days before George was born I stayed close to the house with my phone at the ready waiting for a phone call of my wife maybe..... so I just took a walk just into the park opposite my house and had a go at the Grasshopper Warblers that had just arrived back here for the summer.

I cant remember now just how many males I heard 'reeling' away but it was into double figures and is one of the best sites around for this particular species. Unfortunately things did not go to plan and I only managed a few half resonable shots, so I will definately have another go next spring....

Another bird that is a regular for the park is the Cuckooo, A bird that has declined greatly in numbers and is not heard so commonly anymore seems to be breeding steadily here. Hopefully I will get a chance at a better image next year too....

On the way to work in early summer I kept driving past a field that was full of poppies and so I decided to have a go at photographing them one weekend. I should have gone a couple of weeks earlier really when there were a lot more poppy heads, making it look like a carpet of red, so a lesson learnt for next year as well.

I tried putting my camera low to the ground with my wide angle lens on to look up into the sky with fluffy white clouds....

In july my neighbour Chris called me as I was out at the time to tell me that there was a swarm of bees across our back gardens that was huge. Chris asked me what he should do and I said to call down the road to another neighbour (as he works in pest-control) and ask him if he knows how to help.
Sure enough he knew a bee keeper and was on his way soon after the call.
I arrived home shortly afterwards and looked down the back garden and could not see any sign of any bees at all, so I saw Mark the pest-control man and the bee keeper who showed me where they all were. I looked up and there they all were, calmly consentrated on one branch in a tree.

The beekeeper decided to spray them with water wich calms them down a bit...

He then cut that section of branch away and lowered it into the box....

Mark in his bee suit...


There were still bees flying around and a bit angry at the disturbance and chris got stung on his ear, it swelled up huge...like a cauliflower ear....

The bee keeper took them away safely to add to his collection and a job well done.
well that's all for now, thanks for looking........