It was high tide on the County Down coast and I knew then would be little happening concerning wildlife. But also knowing high tide brings the seals to Cloghy rocks. It was a high tide has it covered the rock but the seals were there.
Heads and tails has they lay on the rocks below.
Next a couple of gull shots.
Blackheaded gull still in winter plumage.
The old windmill overlooking Portaferry.
And the final image a monochrome shot of a Mute swan taken on the Qouile River, Downpatrick.
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This weeks shot come from my Sunday walk around Hillsborough Forest Park, County Down, Northern Ireland.
The Mute Swan.
This was edited in Lightroom then finished in Silver Efex Pro 2 which is a B&W editor.
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On my way back home from picking up some decorating supplies I stopped of at Hillsborough forest park. Well I needed to get some air and a break from working. With the fine weather the park was busy and a parking spot was hard to find. I was in the park around 2.30 pm. This time of year the sun starts to set around 3.30 / 4 pm. So time to find a few shots on my walk around the lake. The low winter sun was throwing a warm light onto the lake and trees and I wasn’t the only photographer out and about.
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Holly and cobwebs, the low sun back lighting and adding a rim light to the leaves and stems.
Blue skies and reflections.
The light breaking through the trees spot lighted these young ferns.
Sycamore leaf in its winter wardrobe.
I don’t know the name off this fungus , but if you were ever a Star Trex fan it might be call the Enterprise. Google it if you never saw it.
Mute swan Cygnet
A Cormorant taking off, it uses it feet to help it get airborne by pushing them against the water surface.
A more peaceful image of a duck silhouetted against the brightly light water.
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There’s a different look on the lough, with the winter water fowl and duck’s away the summer residents have made a show. Back are the Great Crested Grebe, Mallard’s and the Mute Swan’s. Mute Swans pair up for life and seldom divorce. Courtship takes place in late winter with synchronised head dipping and necks and breasts pressed together. With their S shaped necks a heart shape forms during this ritual.
I shot this photograph last year and converted it to black and white. It shows the heart shape they form doing the above ritual.
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Stopped today on my way home at a lough with around a dozen Mute swans in the field beside it. Some took to the water and this is the only one to strike this pose.
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When out working around the garden I like to keep the camera handy, A couple of swan’s landed on the lough at the gardens edge. Walking down I got stood still till they got use me and managed to get a couple of shots before leaving them to their feeding. This shot was taken through some reeds which I did knowing they would be out of focus. I like the effect of them framing the swan.
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The rain swan.
Was passing a local lough and saw a couple of swans grazing in a field beside it. I pulled into a small car park beside them and was able to take this shot through the open side window. I run it in HDR in Photoshop where it helped to bring out the rain.
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