A ‘Tear’ For the Fallen

ToL Poppies 3

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Swimming and Summer Snoozes @ Sunny Sleat

The tell tale flick of the tale gives away an otter's location in the azure blue waters at Port Na Long, Aird of Sleat

The tell tale flick of the tale gives away an otter’s location in the azure blue waters at Port na Long, Aird of Sleat

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Posted in Mhor Skye Musings, Wildlife Photography

Swift Service @ Sleat Community Shop

Chicks waiting patiently for mum at their nest under  the eaves of the Sleat Community Shop at Armadale

Chicks waiting patiently for mum in their nest under the eaves of the Sleat Community Shop at Armadale

Mum is checking that the coast is clear - waiting on the petrol pump

Mum is checking that the coast is clear – waiting on the petrol pump

Lunch is on it's way

Lunch is on it’s way

Mum feeding her chicks.

Mum feeding her chicks.

Contented (for a short while at least.  Photography off to get an black pudding and egg roll from Martin in the Skye Farm Shop

Contented (for a short while at least). Photographer off to get an black pudding and egg roll from Martin in the Skye Farm Shop

Visit the Skye Farm Shop for great local produce, home made cakes and the best breakfast rolls.  For the latest information on visiting Sleat visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Posted in Mhor Skye Musings, Wildlife Photography

Course Record Smashed at Celtman 2014

Johan Hasselmark - a strong cycle mode him to second place

Johan Hasselmark – a strong cycle mode him to second place

Behind the leaders after the swim, a strong ride saw Johan Hansselmark move in to second place behind Scottish favourite Stuart Macloud.

With only 14km to run, Johan still oohs strong and he passes behind Liatach towards the Glen Torridon road.

With only 14km to run, Johan still looks strong and he passes behind Liatach towards the Glen Torridon road.

However the Edinburgh man could not hold off the strong running of Johan and he powered home in a record time of 11:41:30.

To view all the images from Celtman 2014 please click here.

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Celtman – Third Edition

Ten to three in the morning and competitors are beginning to set their bikes up at T1 ready for the third running of Celtman.

It is a ‘simple’ test of extreme physical and mental endurance that consists of :

Swim (Loch Shieldaig)

Fastest swim - Johan Nykvist [2012 Celtman]

Fastest swim – Johan Nykvist [2012 Celtman]

Cycle (Shieldaig to Strath Carron via Gairloch)

Fastest Cycle (Women) - Susanne Buckenlei - 6:51:03 [2012 Celtman]

Fastest Cycle (Women) – Susanne Buckenlei – 6:51:03 [2012 Celtman]

Run (Coulin Pass and Beinn Eighe)

Fastest Run - Johan Hasselmark 4:41:19 [2013 Celtman - 2nd in 2013]

Fastest Run – Johan Hasselmark 4:41:19 [2013 Celtman - 2nd in 2013]

Conditions seem a little better than 2014 but a very long and tough day for all the competitors  who hopefully will enjoy some of Scotland’s finest scenery.  Everyone who completes Celtman is a winner it is just that someone finishes first.

2013 - Graeme Stewart - 12:16:15

2013 – Graeme Stewart – 12:16:15

Good luck today to all Celtman 2014 competitors and support crew.  I hope to see you on the route throughout the day.  Images should be available on line from Monday.

In the words of Robin WIlliams - Oh my God it's early!)

Let battle commence.

 

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Ryan’s Frog

Ryan, from next door, brought round this frog he had found at the side of his house.  Had short time as it acclimatised to leaving the bucket and entering the pond (filled with spawn) to get some close ups.  The from had the good manners to hold for a couple of minutes before deciding to head under some rocks and safety from prying eyes and predators.

Ryan, a young lad from next door, brought round this frog he had found at the side of his house. I had short time as it acclimatised to leaving the bucket and entering the pond (filled with spawn) to get some close ups. The frog had the good manners to hold for a couple of minutes before deciding to head under some rocks and safety from prying eyes and predators.

Ryan's Frog

Surrounded by earlier visitor’s frog spawn

Ryan's Frog

Getting ready to move off.

Ryan's Frog

Lifting out of the water just enough to get a good profile

Ryan's Frog

Reflections – if you look closely you will see that I am reflected in the eye in this shot.

Posted in Wildlife Photography

Best Strike Force on Show

The Royal Navy U23 rugby team were the focus of my attention yesterday and they had an impressive strike force in their back three of captain Matt Horton @ fullback and wingers Eldon Meyer and Ben Clarke.

Eldon Meyer

Eldon Meyer

Matt Horton

Matt Horton

Ben Clarke

Ben Clarke

However I managed to grab a couple of shots from the road on my way to the game of the many Red Kites that hunt between High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

Red Kyte @ Princess Risboroough

Red Kite @ Princess Risboroough

Drab light doesn’t do their plumage justice.

Red Kyte @ Princess Risboroough

Red Kite @ Princess Risboroough

Even though it was quite a windy day they maintained their majestic grace in the air.

Red Kyte @ Princess Risboroough

Red Kite @ Princess Risboroough

Always on the look out for movement and prey.

Red Kyte @ Princess Risboroough

Red Kite @ Princess Risboroough

They were probably the best strike force on show during the day.

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Morning Sun

Having endured a couple of very wet days it was great to have some clear skies and early morning sun.  I was down by the River Hamble to take a couple of shots of the Navy Referees Charity Ride for the RBL and RNRMC.  Became slightly side tracked by this Little Egret also enjoying the Sunday morning rays.

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Little Egret on the west bank of the River Hamble at Burlesdon

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Low sun catches on the unblinking eye

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Little Egret

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Little Egret in Autumn Sunshine

Posted in Wildlife Photography

Waiting for Lunch

Spider and Web

Spider and Web

Off to Spitbank Fort in the Solent today for lunch.  Whilst waiting to leave noticed this fine specimen at the side of the house doing exactly the same.  Have to check on my return to see who has been more successful.

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The Eyes Have It

Taken two days apart in Bangkok and Hill Head I was taken by the eyes of both birds.

Black Swan - Hill Head beach

Black Swan – Hill Head beach

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Posted in Wildlife Photography