Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011 Round Up

Well it is the end of another year, and I thought I would round up the best bits from it. I have had a good year. I was awarded a highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards Under 18 category, and have had a chance to test out my Nikon 200-400mm f4 lens which I got just over a year ago. I haven't done as much photography as I would have liked to due to GCSEs in May and June, but there have still been a number of images taken. So here are my top images of this year, in no particular order.

First are some images from my local park (Chiswick). This is relatively small which is mostly wooded, but also a canal that runs through it. It hosts many of the common wildfowl such as Mallards, Moorhens, Coots, and Tufted Ducks, and there are also a group of Canada Geese there. As well as this there is a Heron which regularly sits on the banks of the canal fishing.

The first image is of a Tufted Duck from the canal. The canal is such that during the evening the sun shines down the canal, and so as this bird was facing me, there was lovely sidelighting on it, rendering the background and other side of the bird completely black.

This is another taken at the same place. This time a Grey Heron against black water.

During September and October I was down at Richmond Park for the Red Deer rut. On one of the days when I was present due to clear skies and fairly high temperatures in the morning, there was a thick layer of mist hanging over the ground, and I positioned myself so that the sun rose behind it and shone through it. It provided some of the best light I have ever seen. Here are a couple of the images.

While I was there photographing the deer, I was also distracted by the birds there, such as the Reed Buntings and Stonechats.

At the end of August I was on the North Norfolk Coast for a few days where I focused on waders. Here are a couple of my favourite images from there.

My local reserve is the London Wetland Centre, which is only 15 minutes from where I live, so I regularly visit there thoughout the year and it is where the majority of my images are taken.

First some macro images.

 And now the birds.

 I would just like to point out that the Red-breasted Goose is a captive bird, not a wild one.

So that's it from me. Sorry for the mammoth post, I think next year I will split it up into sections so it isn't just one huge post!

Anyway, I hope you all have a good new year and a good 2012. Let's hope for good weather, and confiding subjects!



  1. A stunning selection there fav is the Peacock flutter on the Cone flower...although it was a difficult choice.

    Here's to a great new year for you :)

    Best wishes from me.

  2. Superb series of shots Oscar, the two Honey Bee shots are excellent.

  3. Lots of fine work there Oscar. Lets hope 2012 is as good for you. I look forward to seeing your progress on this blog, and perhaps you might like to write a guest slot on ours sometime this year.


  4. Hi all,

    Nice photos, you have taken. I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  5. Thanks Martin and Roberto. Martin that would be very nice thank you.

  6. Hey, Oscar. You're a dark horse! Why did you never tell me you had a blog? Really enjoyable to read and to re visit a lot of your shots.
    You did, indeed, have a good year!

  7. Hi Rosie. Haha I don't know why! Thank you

  8. some beauties there Oscar, nice variety too.