Monday, 31 May 2010

Chick's Eye View

Tasty! I must be a Willow Warbler, then.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Ermine Moth

One of the visitors to Ann's moth trap yesterday. ISO 100, 1/6th sec @ f/16 on a tripod.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

That Tutor Again!

I know, it's the fifth pic of this aircraft on my blog, but isn't the evening light subtle and artistic.

Friday, 28 May 2010

New Angle

The Avro 504 was out of its hangar for the airshow and parked in the car park! I tried a different view of it.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Blue Moon

This was taken on 17th May using a 560mm lens. It was still light, so I reduced the exposure until the sky turned a darker blue. The side-lighting accentuates the detail. 1/640th second on a tripod.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Formation Flying

The Bristol F2b (front) and the SE5a (behind) flying at Old Warden.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Red Sox

At last an artistic photo. Notice the differential focus, the little red patch and the lead-in from lower left to upper right. Notice too, how, if you must take off the brown brogues at Old Warden, it helps to have striking footwear.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Just one more of Sadie

Three of my favourite females in one photo - Ann, Sadie and Ruby.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Pete's New Car

We went to Wimbledon to collect Pete's vintage Mercedes 380 SLC. It was a hot day and Pete wondered whether this connector was supposed to be attached to the auxiliary fan for the huge V8 engine. By using the M25 instead of the South and North Circular roads we got a regular airflow through the radiator and the old lady made it to Cambridge.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Sadie wakes up

Sadie now has a blog of her own (created by her dad) so she won't be keeping birds and aeroplanes off my pages much longer!

Thursday, 20 May 2010


Sadie Joanna was born on 18th May. Here she is in her grandmother's arms only 24 hours later.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Right Sort of Aeroplane

The Hawker Tomtit. Its turning circle is much tighter than that of a Sabre and the engine is in the right place. And what if the visibility from the cockpit is rather restricted, surely no decent adversary would shoot at you without due warning.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Off to America quite soon

Thank goodness! Not really our sort of gentleman's aerial carriage here at Old Warden. No challenge to the photographer, either, having no propeller to blur. So long, F86A Sabre.

Monday, 17 May 2010

That dashing chap again!

Moustache not even twitching, our intrepid pilot makes a low pass in the Sopwith Triplane at Old Warden.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

The Wright Stuff

The wind dropped enough yesterday evening at Old Warden to allow the replica Bristol Boxkite to take to the air. It was flown by a dashing chap with a black moustache, and he had enough of the Right Stuff to take his hand off the yard-long stick to wave at the spectators.

Monday, 10 May 2010

More lessons

Another photo of the Avro Tutor at Old Warden.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Red Kite (2)

Unlike the Welsh kites, the Watlington kites don't have luggage tags on their wings to spoil the shape.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Black Kite

Shuttleworth's Lysander against a dramatic sky. Perhaps one day I'll take an artistic photo.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Ode to a ...

...Nightingale. The autofocus threw a fit when asked to pinpoint this bird in the shrubbery. but image stabilisation helped make manual focus easier. This is my first ever confirmed sighting of this species.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

That Biggles moment.

The Shuttleworth Collection's Hawker Tomtit getting airborne at Old Warden into a 20 knot wind, keeping its ground speed slow for a 1/160th second pan.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Looking Good!

After searching bushes at Paxton Pits for Little Brown Jobs, I saw this proud pheasant patrolling the patch around his partner on the nest. He wandered into an artistic area of vegetation ....

Monday, 3 May 2010

Avro Tutor

This is the colourful still-life from 22nd March alive in its element. 300mm lens, 1/160th f/11

Saturday, 1 May 2010


This neat little falcon was entrancing birdwatchers at RSPB Fowlmere today with its aerobatics while catching insects on the wing. 400mm - 1/5000th f/5.6