Kestrel & Fulmers in Pembrokeshire

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Kestrel & Fulmers in Pembrokeshire

I have had a couple of great days down in Pembrokeshire.I went with the intention of photographing Fulmers,my favourite sea bird,and nearest bird the we have to Albertross. They are in fact part of the same family (I think). 

I love photographing them and trying to get some nice flight shots is always great fun and quite a challenge.

Here are a few that I was very pleased with.

Fulmer in flight 3Fulmer in flight 3Fulmer, Fulmarus glacialis, in flight, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Fulmer close-upFulmer close-upFulmer, Fulmarus glacialis, in flight, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK Fulmar in flight (close-up)Fulmar in flight (close-up)Fulmer, Fulmarus glacialis, in flight, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK I also like to capture some nice/different portrait shots and some behaviour images.

Three Fulmars squabbling.Three Fulmars squabbling.Fulmars, Fulmarus glacialis, adult, squabbling on cliff face, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK There was no end of squabbling going on!!!

 

Fulmer on cliff ledge 2Fulmer on cliff ledge 2Fulmer, Fulmarus glacialis, sitting on cliff ledge, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

 

And I was really pleased with this shot (something a bit different).

Fulmer peering over long grassFulmer peering over long grassFulmer, Fulmarus glacialis, sitting on cliff ledge,peering through over long grass, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Whilst I was photographing these fellows I noticed a Kestrel hunting up and down the cliffs. So after studying it's movements for a few hours I noticed it wasn't particularly bothered by people walking along the coastal path so I staked out a few of it's favourite places.

I was very pleased with the results.

Kestrel on cliff faceKestrel on cliff faceKestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, on cliff face, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK Kestrel on cliff face 2 (portrait)Kestrel on cliff face 2 (portrait)Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, on cliff face, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

I really love these next couple of shots. The evening light and Sea Thrift really make these images.

Kestrel on cliff face evening lightKestrel on cliff face evening lightKestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, on cliff face, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK Kestrel on cliff face in evening light (close-up)Kestrel on cliff face in evening light (close-up)Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, on cliff face in evening light, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

I also had the amazing experience of this Kestrel hunting also directly over head.

Which meant I could get this image.

Kestrel hoveringKestrel hoveringKestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, hovering in flight, Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK As I was watching it hunting I was fascinated by the way the Kestrels head reminded perfectly still whilst it was hovering.

So tried to capture an image that conveyed this.

Kestrel hovering (slow shutter speed)Kestrel hovering (slow shutter speed)Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, adult, hovering in flight, (taken with slow shutter speed), Spring, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK


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