Saturday, 31 July 2010

100 Not Out!

Well, here is post number 100...
I must admit I'm surprised to have got here so quickly, because before I started this blog my main concern was finding the time to actually write it and finding something to write about!

I must say it's been a lot easier than I thought it would be.
I've found it's just a case of going out, taking some pictures and then talking rubbish about them...Simple!

Anyway, I've been thinking about what would be a fitting way of marking this milestone and decided that the best thing to do would be to post my favourite photo of the year so far...

Now so far this year I've traveled many miles around England and Wales photographing a vast variety of different species.
It seems strange then that my personal favourite image of the year was taken only a few miles from my home and is of one of the most common birds in Britain...The humble Robin.

Robins are the most charming little birds...Bold, brave, cheeky and I've always found them irresistible to photograph.
One day early in April, I was walking back to my car after a mornings photography session when I spotted something moving on the top of a high wall.
As I neared, I noticed it was a Robin, head down and totally ignorant to my presence.
I was a bit tired after a long morning and nearly didn't bother stopping...After all it was only a Robin!
There was a line of bricks partially obscuring the bird, but I became intrigued to know what was keeping him so occupied because I'd stood there for a good few seconds and he didn't look up once.
I decided I might as well get one final shot of the day, so pointed my 500mm lens at him handheld.
He still didn't look up, I still couldn't see what he was up to and my handheld camera was starting to get heavy!

I did one last focus check and steadied my camera as best I could before making a whistling sound.
The Robin looked up and straight at me revealing what had been keeping him so busy for the past couple of minutes...

Thanks once again for stopping by and following my blog.


  1. What a beautiful picture to celebrate this event !
    I know there will be a lot of stunning pics coming ;)
    Thank you for sharing all this Anthony ! It's a real pleasure to stop here !

  2. Ah ... a great choice! That photo more beautiful, charming, lovely ...

    Your blog is a wonderful space for the soul. Your photos are delicious ... Your feedback is enriching.

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing these moments with us.

    Kisses with love and admiration.

  3. Thank you very much for your very kind words Ladies.