Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BWC Photo Comp, "ANIMALS IN MOTION" Winner!

Today we announce the winner of the "Animals in Motion" category. Some great photos in this one, and below is David Lloyd's choice for the winner.








So here we go, the WINNER of the "ANIMALS IN MOTION" section of our competition...


"Otter" by David Nunn


David says - "I know how difficult it can be to achieve this picture, but David has managed it well here. Having the focus on the right spot on a fast moving subject and the clean lush background are two factors which made this a pick for me"


Congratulations to David Nunn for this winning photo. His photo has won him a years membership to the Centre, and a place in our coffee shop gallery for 2015!






And my runner up?..

"The rut begins" by Bobs Photography


I always enjoy looking at the photos in the "Motion" category, and this year this one caught my eye. You can feel the motion in it, and almost see the deer moving across the picture. Albus chasing off Olivander, with the hinds in the background watching on... it tells a great story.

Well done Bobs Photography, this picture will be on display in our gallery alongside the other 11 chosen photos.


Next one in a couple of days. Congratulations again to David and Bobs, and thanks to David Llyod.


Monday, 26 January 2015

BWC Photo Comp, "ANIMALS AND THEIR KEEPER" Winner!

Another day, another winner announced... Today it is for the "Animals and their Keepers" category. You know the score with the links below, check them out... but only after looking at the winning and runner up photo below.

Thanks to David Llyod for picking the winners.







So here we go, the WINNER of the "ANIMALS AND THEIR KEEPERS" section of our competition...

"Coochie coo" by Dave Burden


David says - "This one was the only one which I felt showed a close intimacy between the keeper and the subject. That and the warm side lighting made this the standout one for me in this category."


Well done Dave, great photo, and you win a membership to the Centre for a year plus a place in our coffee shop gallery for 2015.






And my runner up?..

"Red squirrel lady" by Zena Saunders

Zena's photo of Meg with the red squirrels. This sums up the relationship and trust the animals have with us keepers in one shot, as well as showing the beauty of our walkthrough enclosure and the experience you get when visiting. 

Zena's photo will appear in our coffee shop gallery for 2015 alongside the other 11 winner and runner ups.


See you back in a couple of days for the "Animals in Motion" winners. Well done once again to Dave and Zena, and as always thanks to David Llyod.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

BWC Photo Comp, "FAUNA FUN" Winner!

Next up today is the winner of the Fauna Fun category. Once again many thanks to David Llyod for being our professional judge and choosing the winners, and if you haven't already... please do check the links to his websites below. You will not regret it...







So here we go, the WINNER of the "FAUNA FUN" section of our competition...

"You talking to me?"" by Tim Dawes


David says - "There were a number in this category which could have won, but this one stopped me and at first I thought it was two snakes. It was hard to pick, as the others were amusing too, but the unique aspect of this one won through for me."


Well done Tim! You have won a years membership to the Centre, and your photo will be part of our gallery in the coffee shop for the rest of the year.






And my runner up?..

"I'm no Foxglove" by Kevin Brown

It could only be one... I think this is a fantastic photograph, and of all the photos I have seen over the past year, the one I wish I witnessed with my own eyes. A butterfly landing on the end of Frodo's nose... a one in a million thing to see, and to capture it on camera was a great job. Nice one Kevin!

Kevin's photo will appear in our coffee shop gallery for 2015 alongside the other 11 winner and runner ups.


Don't forget, the next few categories will be announced over the next few days, which I think works out with the overall winner being shown the first week of February.

Once again, many congratulations to Tim and Kevin!


Thursday, 22 January 2015

BWC Photo Comp, "JUNIOR" Winner!

So here we go, the first post of six announcing the winner and runner up of each of our categories for our BWC Photo Competition, 2014.

Before showing you the first winner, I would just like to say once again a huge thank you to Professional Wildlife Photographer, and friend of the Centre, David Lloyd for picking out the winners!

David is an incredible photographer, perhaps most well known for his "black and whites" and more arty style. A lot of African wildlife makes up his portfolio, but David also runs workshops here at the BWC during the late spring/early summer evenings. I will leave a link here to his website, Facebook page and workshop announcements... please do take a look and prepare to be inspired!







So here we go, the WINNER of the "JUNIOR" section of our competition...

"Eagle Owl" by Amy Stanwell


David says - "There were three or four really good pictures, but this one offered a portrait simplicity which has always appealed to me. It is the composition, low picture taking angle, and the green of the background compliments the orange of the owl so well."


Congratulations to Amy! Amy wins a membership to the BWC for a year so she can come and take more great photos, and of course her photo above will be in our coffee shop gallery for 2015!






And my runner up?..

"Long Eared Owl" by Mya Bambrick

This lovely photograph of Archimedes, our long eared owl. Similar to the winner, I appreciate, but this is one that stood out to me when looking through the juniors... soft shades and beautiful detail and clarity in the feathers around the eye. Well done Mya!

Mya's photo will appear in our coffee shop gallery for 2015 alongside the other 11 winner and runner ups.


So there we go, the ball is now rolling, and the next category will be announced in a couple of days with the others following and leading to the overall winner being announced in the first week of February.

Well done once again to Amy and Mya, and thanks to David Lloyd.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Kingfisher

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There was a new draw at the Centre this weekend... A kingfisher!

We have had kingfishers around the Centre and out on our reserve for a few years. Very often when walking my dog I see a glimpse of blue fly by the waters, or hear in the distance the distinctive sound they make. But over the past couple of weeks, quite often one has visited our otter ponds in the afternoon. I think the extra rainfall causing the water to rush through out sleuces has brought new fish in to the ponds, and this is what has attracted the kingfisher.

This past weekend this female kingfisher above spent a good couple of hours at our main otter pond, and made several dives... successfully too... providing much fun for the public to sit and watch. She was so popular in fact, that after myself and others put some photos up on the internet in the evening there was a gaggle (what do you call a group of photographer?) of photographers coming out on the sunday to see if she returned... and she didn't disappoint!.. Sure enough again in the afternoon, she turned up for about an hour or so for some fishing.


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Unfortunately I don't have a lens on my camera that could get close enough to her on the other side of the otter pond, but I did manage to get a few record shots. Above she is coming out of the water with a fish in her mouth after a successful dive... can you see her? :-) ...


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... here it is a bit more cropped in. Click on it to make it a bit bigger if you wish.


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She was so settled, and quite happy to have a group of people watching her from the pathway in full view. She even showed no signs of fear with the otters swimming and playing just feet beneath her. Above she is about two thirds up and to the right in the photo, and you can see Elwood in the background, just feet away eating a fish... Wouldn't of surprised me if the kingfisher dived down and tried to steal it from him. That is how bold she was!


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In fact, the kingfisher was such a hit, that even little old Buster was overlooked for the couple of hours she was her.. despite his best efforts in being playful, playing with stones and twigs on the bank close to us and even chasing his tail! I have never seen an otter do that before.



Anyway, in my failure of photos, I thought you may like to see some amazing picture taken of her this weekend. Above is a beautiful portrait of her taken by Steven Whitehead.



And this stunning photo shows her more in her habit, and concentrating on the water below before diving in. This photo was taken by member Gillian Penny.

Thanks to both for allowing me to share their great photos. This kingfishers arrival leads on to good news too... With all the excitement of the weekend, David has decided to move the construction of the kingfisher bank to the top of the priority list... hopefully this way we may be able to catch the season they are looking for mates and a place to nest.