Whiteadder Wildlife.

When Ollie and I go for a walk down by the River Whiteadder I carry a tripod,camera body and either the long lens or more recently,my macro lens.I don’t carry both lenses,not just because of the weight,but because I find it difficult to concentrate on the two very different disciplines.With the long lens I’m focusing 10,20,50 or 100 yards ahead.Where as with the macro I’m focusing on the foliage just a yard or two around me and personally I find it hard for my eyes to continually switch focus and locate subjects to photograph.Before I leave the house I decide which lens to take and that is often dictated by the weather.Lately it has been rather cool and damp,and so as long as it is not windy,I have taken the macro lens.Insects are obviously less active in these conditions.If the sun emerges,then the long lens gets an outing.

Too often lately though it has been heavy rain,no camera and more annoyingly for one of us,shorter walks.Here’s a selection of recent images taken with the two lenses.

Mating Weevils. Weird looking things when you get in close.

This young peregrine had just been supplied with a woodpigeon,killed by one of the parents.

Just after a shower.
















These greylags generally have 4-7 young.So I hope they do a better job of looking after this last one.



Having a good scratch.

About Phil Mclean

Hi, my name is Phil Mclean. I'm a nature photographer living in Berwickshire,in the Scottish Borders.I enjoy photographing all aspects of nature,from the birds and the bees,to the mammals and the trees. I just love being out in the countryside whenever possible and preferably with a camera. Although I do make it difficult for myself,as I'm normally accompanied by my photographic assistant, Ollie,my springer spaniel dog. I hope you'll enjoy the pictures that I post and if you have the time and the inclination,please leave a comment. Thanks.
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