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Meeting Report 6th June 2018 

The best of the best is the aim of the ‘Annual’ competition run by Camera Clubs and North Norfolk Photographic Society held theirs for printed images on 6th June.

The club offers two sets of entrants – novices and advanced. The contest was judged by Marilyn Steward, who is a member of Harlow Photographic Society and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She started by looking at the entries from the Novices.

There were 16 photographs entered in this section and Val Dawson succeeded in taking both First and Second places! Her image ‘Norwich Castle Detail’ was her winner.

There were 40 entries in the Advanced section, which was won by Paul Richards with ‘Leucistic Red Kite’. To save looking it up, be informed (if you were not aware) that a Leucistic Red Kite is a rare form of Red Kite that is in fact white. Second was Lizzie Wallis with ‘Puffin in the Bluebells’.

Novice Print Results

Advanced Print Results

Meeting Report 2nd May 2018 

Peter Yeo

Most Camera clubs have a competition among their members each year to give opportunities to show what those members believe to be their best work of the year – the competition is known as ‘The Annual’.

North Norfolk Photographic Society’s Annual for projected images was held on Wednesday 2nd May and was judged by Peter Yeo. Peter is well-known to the club – he has judged there before and has also been to show some of his own pictures: he is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (among other distinctions) and really does know what he’s talking about!

As usual, the competition was in two parts, the first for ‘novices’ was won by Heather Green with a Winter Scene at Felbrigg. Second, Val Dawson’s ‘All Hung Up’  showed anchors, ropes and fishermen’s floats hanging on a breakwater and third was again Val Dawson with a close-up photograph of a stonemason at work.

Competition in the Advanced section was – well – competitive to say the least! Peter Yeo had some difficulty choosing the winners from the entries, but settled on Lizzie Wallis who won with ‘A Scottish Summer’s Day’ – a lady wearing waterproofs on a windswept beach. Second, Judith Wells’ ‘Black Grouse Lekking’ showed a stage in the sexual lives of 2 black grouse and Diana Knight’s ‘Panic Attack’ displayed a very frightened herd of zebra just about getting away from a hungry lioness in an African river gully.

Meeting Report 4th April 

Judge and chairs April 2018

North Norfolk Photographic Society continues doing well in competitions against other clubs.

 
On 4th April the club welcomed members from Brancaster Camera Club and Wymondham Photographic Society for a three-way ‘battle’. Each club submitted 20 prints for consideration by Vic Hainsworth.
 
Vic is President of Colchester Photographic Society and a well known and well qualified judge as well as being a first-class photographer in his own right.
 
North Norfolk Photographic Society won the contest with a lead of 1.5 points ahead of Wyndham who were second.
 
In a much larger event, North Norfolk came second out of  12 clubs from as far apart as Rochdale and Wakefield. The competition divided the clubs into 2 groups who then appointed a judge to consider all the entries from their group – in effect 12 competitions with 12 judges. The top 3 in each group; went into the final, where East Ipswich won, North Norfolk being only one point behind.

Meeting Report 21 March 2018

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate came from Mersea Island to show some of his photographs to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 21st March.

A very eminent and well-known photographer, Colin has been making photographs in the landscape since 1959. Although he works in both monochrome and colour, the majority of those he showed were moody monochrome pictures with emphasis on dramatic skies and unusual foregrounds. Colin is enthusiastic to ’work’ on his images to enhance the highlights and the shadows for maximum effect. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the International Federation of Photographic Art and was elected a Member of the London Salon in 1990.

Colin also arranges and leads practical workshops and photographic holidays to Iceland, Ireland and Scotland among other places. He also represents Fotospeed, suppliers of photographic papers for high-grade printing.

Meeting Report 7th March 2018

John Wilcox

North Norfolk Photographic Society held competitions for members’ prints on 7th March which was judged by John Wilcox from Cambridge Camera Club.

 

Seven ‘Novice’ members submitted a total of 13 prints, of many different styles and varied subject matter. Winner was Val Dawson’s detail of Norwich Castle, full of curves and angles, but there were 2 equal in second place, Jackie Ormandy’s “It’s All in the Eyes”, a child with piercing eyes and Barrie Price’s “Pillars”, a church with striking patterns of arches and pillars.

 

 

 

 

The entry for advanced members was larger – 16 competitors with 32 photos. This was won by Lizzie Wallis with a “Mountain Hare” – very subtle, being mostly white in a white snow scene. Second was “Common Blue on Drooping Grass” from Judith Wells, which is what it was, and third “Morning Light” by Barb Gardner.

Meeting Report 7th February 2018

Sarah Kelman

Sarah Kelman is a commercial airline pilot. She also is winner of several international gliding championships. And she is a sub-aqua enthusiast. And she is a successful photographer, who came on 7th February from her home in Cambridge to tell North Norfolk Photographic Society about the trip when she and her husband and their children aged 6 and 7 sailed across the Atlantic.

They entered their classic cutter “Croix des Gardes” to race in the inaugural Panerai Transat Classique ocean race from Cascais, Portugal to the West Indies.

Sarah showed through her photographs their thorough preparation of the boat, and the excitement of the start, the vagaries of the weather (storm and calm) and the huge welcome they received at the finish. Along the way, torn sails had to be stitched back together, but there were few mishaps, and they saw no other boats or ships except one yacht, whose young crew were mystified that in a sailing race they were not allowed to use their engine when there was no wind!

But that was not the finish. The family then took the boat on a journey right up through the islands of the West Indies and along the eastern coast of USA to New York. From there, Sarah flew home and back to work; her husband hired a couple of crew and sailed home with the children,  but was caught by a hurricane on the way and was out of radio contact for several worrying days.

Meeting Report 17th January 2018

North Norfolk Photographic Society held a Club competition on 17th January, judged by Andy Wilson from Bungay.     

 

Andy Wilson

The competitions were for digital projected images and in fact 4 competitions,  with Novices having one lot for pictures with subject matter ’Work’ and the other an open section but for monochrome photos. And Advanced members had the same groups.
 
Quality as always was high. Andy Wilson made some very helpful general comments – that if you have a specified subject such as ‘Work’ it’s no good submitting a photo of someone not at work; and that ‘Mono’ means mono!
 
From the Novices, in the Work section, Jackie Ormandy’s “Exposed” showed the interior of an engine ‘cut through‘ to show how it works; second was a ‘Stone Mason’ at work by Val Dawson and third ‘Anchor Maintenance’ by Barrie Price, which captured a busy gang on Cromer beach, at work on an anchor.
 
The Novices mono competition was won by Barrie Price’s ‘Secret Meeting’ – the interior of a church, all pillars and arches and showing two people in earnest conversation. Second – ‘Low Tide on the Wash‘, a lovely shot of a horse and rider in silhouette against the sun glinting on the beach and sea, by Susie Kemp. Third was ‘No Takers on a Cold Day’ by Heather Green, which showed 2 unoccupied benches in a setting that might be Cromer cliff-top.
 
Then, the Advanced members. In the Work section, Andy Wilson awarded joint 1st place to Grace Glaister and Tony Hallsworth. Grace’s picture was a mono picture of an office worker taken through a window from outside, showing piles of paperwork! Tony called his picture of 2 grumpy-looking guys with a chainsaw ’Happy Hour’! Third was awarded to  Rob Palethorp’s ‘Pass me the Hammer’.
 
The Advanced mono competition was won by Tony Hallsworth with a very clever photo of either 5 young ladies (or probably one young lady photographed 5 times) sitting in a V formation and looking at the camera with very few clothes on at all – titled ‘Genesis’. Equal second went to Diana Knight ‘In Safe Hands’ (a charming photo of a soldier complete with uniform and rifle leading a small girl by the hand) and Lizzie Wallis ‘Abandoned Scottish Bothy’ (a landscape picture including a derelict building).
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Meeting Report 6th December 2017

Things did not go entirely according to plan on Wednesday 6th December. The occasion being club competitions for projected digital images, a experienced and qualified judge had been booked to assess the pictures. But he did not arrive – due as was later learned to sudden domestic bad news.

So – Plan B was quickly brought into operation – which was for 3 members who did not have images in the competition to mark the images (out of 10) and the 3 marks for each picture were averaged to arrive at 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

As usual, Novice members were first to compete and the winner was Barrie Price with a picture of Cromer Pier in a storm. Second was ‘Patterns of Light’ by Tony Shipp – a night-time view of a building with beams of light throwing patterns. Third was a beautiful photograph of pink feathers by Val Dawson.

Then – the more advanced members. Here the judging became more difficult! Although a deserved first place went to Nick Akers with a landscape shot of Glen Shiel, four people tied for second place, these being ‘Bottoms Up’ by Hugh Barton (a bird doing ‘what it says on the tin’, ‘Fulmar checking out the girls’ from Lizzie Wallis – again the title of the shot says it all and ‘Sealions’ by Liz Akers also self-explanatory and ‘Sleepy Sanderlings’ by Paul Richards: a row of a dozen or so Sanderlings with their heads tucked under their wings! An honourable mention went to Alan Dedman with ‘When the Boat Comes In’ – a scene including a fishing boat returning to the beach, with an artist with his easel paining the scene.

Although the absence of the judge was a shame, the evening went well and ‘Plan B’ might be adopted on purpose some time!

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 15th November 2017

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

A brilliant young talent
Tom Mason is 24 years old and already has been published in Practical Photography, the RSPB and BBC Wildlife magazines, has been to the Falkland Islands to photograph penguins, to the forests of British Columbia, Canada and Peru – and has photographed everything in the UK from sea birds to otters and from red squirrels to toads. He also finds time to promote Nikon cameras and Wex Photographic.
Tom visited North Norfolk Photographic Society on 15th November to talk about his work and show some of his remarkable wildlife photographs. To add to his picture making talent, Tom is also a confident and articulate speaker. It seemed so obvious that he would be sponsored to travel to South America to photograph the birds and animals of the Amazon: what else would you expect?
Tom Mason has a passion for his work which fortunately is more than matched by his ability and his visit will be in the minds of members for some time to come.

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 1st November 2017

Roy Essery

Roy Essery

North Norfolk Photographic Society held their first members’ competition of printed pictures on 1st November and the very distinguished photographer Roy Essery came from Colchester to judge them.
Roy is a member of Colchester Photographic Society and Ipswich and District Photographic Society and in 2008 became one of the founding members of The Suffolk Monochrome Group. In 2016 he gained MPAGB, the highest distinction awarded by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
There were only a few photographs entered in the Novices section, but the winner was Val Dawson whose moody monochrome print ‘The Old Recluse’ shows an old man in a hood in a tacky shack, and a less than joyful look on his face! Second was Val Dawson (again) with ‘Secured’ and third Karen Spence’s photo ‘Buttermere walk, Cumbria’.
The section of the competition for Advanced Members drew a much larger entry and, as ever, of a very high standard. Roy set ten or so of the best to one side before he made his final decision, which was to award first place to Nick Akers for ‘The Cuilin Hills’, a view of mountains across a lively sea with scuptural shaped rocks in the foreground. Second was Malcolm English with ‘Laura’ a beautifully set picture of a nude, and third ‘Keeping Watch from Paul Richards.
In fact, Roy awarded 10 marks out of 10 to 4 of the pictures – and 9 or 9.5 to another 8!

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 18th October 2017

Hodgson

Judy & David Hodgson

Judy and David Hodgson came to Holt from Wisbech to show their ‘Winter Wonderland’ photographs to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 18th October.
For the first half of the meeting they showed their photos taken in winter throughout the UK. David showed some ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the same shot, discussing how they had used Photoshop and other applications to edit them with just a few clicks. Also changing some from colour to monochrome, and showing how cropping could change the whole aspect and look of a photo.
After the tea break they showed their photos taken during a trip to America in early winter some years previously, including their visit to the famous Yellowstone National Park, which is on an active volcano – potentially a huge volcano. The highlights were photos of the famous “Old Faithful”, a geyser which shoots up to over 200 feet every 92 minutes or thereabouts. You can, incidentally watch Old Faithful at home on live webcam at https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldfaithfulstreaming.html.
There are some 300 active geysers in the region. The trip was not without adventure: some of the access gates are closed in winter and Judy and Dave were at one point caught out by a serious change in the weather and counted themselves very lucky to be able to follow a ranger’s truck’s rear lights through the thick fog that came down.
Robin Johnson thanked Judy and Dave for their talk and for showing their superb pictures.

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 4th October 2017

Howard King

Howard King

North Norfolk Photographic Society’s 2017-2018 competition season got off to a flying start on 4th October, when Howard King came to judge the pictures submitted in Projected Digital Image (PDI) form.
It was the first visit that Howard had made to the Society, and it fell to him to comment upon and give marks to the numerous entries.
So-called ‘Novices’ and ‘Advanced’ members were able to submit 2 entries each – and they could only be described as ‘varied’!
The Novices section was won by Tony Shipp with ‘Light at the end of the Tunnel’ – an atmospheric photograph. Second was ‘The Birds’ by Barrie Price, a dramatic night-time shot of a fishing boat surrounded by seagulls, brilliantly lit. Third equal were ‘Colour Pop Car’ by Cheryl Howell and ‘On the way to Castle Crag’ by Heather Green
The Advanced entries were especially strong and the winner was ‘Catching flies’ by Lizzie Wallis, a cleverly caught mid-flight photograph of a bird with a beakful of flies. Lizzie also came second with ‘Mating Chalk-hill Blues’ – butterflies, of course. And third ‘The skateboard’ by Bernard Dawson which set a close-up of a skateboard against the skateboard ramps seen under the skateboard between its wheels.

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 20th September 2017

Ann Miles

Ann Miles FRPS

Ann Miles came from Cambridge to talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on 20th September.
Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and is currently Secretary to The London Salon. She trained as a biologist and spent her working life in scientific publishing. She has been an active photographer for the last 20 years and, for about 10 years, taught general and nature photography at university degree level. Ann lectures all round Britain and also gives workshops and individual tuition. She has visited the club before, so an interesting talk with superb photographs were expected – and she did not disappoint!
The theme this time was the Seaside, and members were shown dozens of images from seasides all around the country, all in Ann’s perfect quality. And as she showed her pictures, she also gave numerous tips on ways to achieve the best mono conversions, the best way to enhance an image – and so on.
Not for nothing is Ann’s website called pin-sharp.co.uk !

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 21st June 2017

Will Cheung

Will Cheung

North Norfolk Photographic Society members were treated to a visit by Will Cheung FRPS on 21st June. Will is the editor of Photography News, a free national tabloid-sized monthly newspaper which is distributed to many of the leading independent photo retailers (where you can pick up a free copy) and to most UK camera clubs – including this one!
Will was at pains to emphasise that he does not really regard himself as a professional photographer – that is not what editing a magazine entails – but he does have a passion for photography and could be considered rather more than an enthusiastic and talented amateur.
Will showed scores of his pictures, mostly centred around his interest in projects – photos on particular themes. He has worked on projects involving Umbrellas, on the Docklands Light Railway, on Seaside Piers, on Seven Magnificent London Graveyards – and others.
Will spoke eloquently for two and a half hours as he showed his pictures and seemed at the end to be as fresh and vigorous as when he started, in spite of the sweltering heat that day!

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 7th June 2017

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate

Colin Westgate drove from Essex and back to be judge of North Norfolk Photographic Society’s Annual Competition for printed images. Colin has FRPS MFIAP APAGB after his name and is well-known as Quest Photography running photographic workshops and holidays.
The best of this year’s bunch were presented for Colin’s assessment, as usual in two sections – so-called ’novices’ and ’advanced’.
Winner of the ‘novices’ was Grace Glaister whose photograph ’Crows’ of a field with 2 crows and a hedge was one of 3 given full marks, the others being Grace Glaister again with ‘Remains of the Day’ and Val Dawson with ‘Keeping Watch’.
Then the Advanced section, with 63 entries. Diana Knight won this with a picture of a herd of zebra getting away from a lioness – entitled ‘Failed Ambush’.
Four entries received full marks, second being ‘The Embrace’ by Malcolm English, a touching portrait of a woman and a girl, and third Liz Akers with ‘Colours of the Hebrides’. Diana Knight’s ‘Cheetah on Patrol’ was also Highly Commended.

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Robin Johnson

North Norfolk Photographic Society beat them all!

Ron Tear

Ron Tear

A competition took place on 17th May, when North Norfolk Photographic Society took on 2 other clubs, Kings Lynn and Lutterworth. The set-up is that the same competition is held at each of the 3 clubs with a different judge at each club – at North Norfolk it was Ron Tear from Loughton, Essex.
Ron after his name has the letters ARPS, MPAGB, BPE3*, PSA3* – do not worry what they stand for – he is very eminent and well qualified.
The same 20 images from each club were shown anonymously at each venue and Ron awarded first place to the North Norfolk club, as did the judge at Kings Lynn; the judge at Lutterworth placed North Norfolk second and Lutterworth first. On aggregate, North Norfolk came out well in front with 1090 points against Lutterworth with 1053 and Kings Lynn with 1011.

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Some of North Norfolk’s entries –

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 3rd May 2017

Daphne Hanson

Daphne Hanson

Camera Clubs mostly hold one competition each year when their members are asked to submit what they hope are their best recent images for assessment by an expert judge.
North Norfolk Photographic Society held such a contest on 3rd May when Daphne Hanson, DPAGB and APAGB and President of the East Anglian Federation was the judge.
The club gives less experienced members a chance in a class of their own – so-called ‘Novices’ – and the winning Novice was Karen Spence with ‘Kayaking’ an action white-water shot. Second came Martyn Gould with ‘Seascape’ a monochrome sea and sky picture with a lot of texture in the breakwater foreground, and third Val Dawson with ‘After World’s End’ a sepia rendition of a man (down and out?) sitting on an old car seat surrounded by rubbish reading a book titled After World’s End!
The Advanced section (all who are not Novices) was won by Lizzie Wallis with ‘Plump Water Vole’ – no explanation required! Diana Knight was second with ’Unlucky’, an antelope disappearing down the throat of a crocodile. Liz Akers got third place with ‘The Typesetter’, a mono portrait of a man in period dress with an old printing press behind him.
After a vote of thanks from Chairman Malcolm English, Daphne Hanson said that it had been tricky to pick the winners as the overall standard in both sections had been so good.

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Meeting Report 5 April 2017

Jim Hartje

Jim Hartje

North Norfolk Photographic Society welcomed back Jim Hartje on 5th April. Jim has been a judge of the club’s competitions, but this time he came to share his ideas about photography.
Jim himself describes his presentation as a miscellany of digital imagery, tips & ideas – where he explores the fine line amid reality, invention and trickery in photography.
He likes to exploit the creative avenues open to us in both Photoshop/Elements and assorted plugins – and showed images before and after they had been run through a variety of processes on a computer.
Members were shown how to achieve such results and were given an opportunity to see the software in action. The presentation ended with a series of images of windmills, stitched together to make a video show.

Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 15 March 2017

Dianne Gibson

Dianne Gibson

North Norfolk Photographic Society held a competition for printed pictures on 15th March. The judge on this occasion – a new visitor to the club – was Dianne Gibson, who came from the other side of Norwich to do the honours. Dianne is a member of Bunwell and District Camera Club.
As is now the arrangement, Novice members were first to put up their prints to be assessed. First place went to Val Dawson whose somewhat menacing photo of a crocodile (maybe an alligator?) was called ’Keeping Watch’ . Second was Grace Glaister with a picture of a field, and in the middle of it, two crows. Grace also won third place with ‘Remains of the Day’.
Then – the ‘Advanced’ section. This was won by Bernard Dawson, with a clever picture of a face mixed with an overlay of rectangles, each filled with various shapes and images and entitled ‘Dilapidated‘. Second came Paul Richards’ ‘Horse with a View’ – a horse in a landscape – and third Barb Gardner with ‘Norwich Cathedral from Peters’ Bridge.’

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 1 March 2017

Kevin Elsby

Kevin Elsby

It is perhaps a little unfair that some people seem to have so many talents. Dr Kevin Elsby filled in at short notice to talk to North Norfolk Photographic Society on March 1st. He took a cruise to Iceland not long ago and was able to take more of his brilliant wild bird photographs, many of which he showed to members.
Kevin also showed pictures of the unique landscape of Iceland – its volcanoes, lava fields, islands and sea cliffs. People and habitations are few and far between.
Iceland is a wonderland for the keen birder – such as Kevin Elsby! Technically part of Europe it also attracts some birds from North America. And when the keen birder is also a wonderful photographer, the recipe for a superb show is complete.

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Robin Johnson

Meeting Report 15 February 2017

Mike Lloyd

Mike Lloyd

It takes all sorts

A member of a camera club in Suffolk recently said that there are about 20 members in his club. A member from a Cambridge club said that they have 200 members and a 2 year waiting list. North Norfolk Photographic Society is comfortably in between – with around 50 or 60 members. There are all sorts of camera clubs, and all sorts of members!
On 15th February, Michael Lloyd came from Beccles to be Judge for the evening at the North Norfolk club’s competitions. On 16th March, North Norfolk’s chairman Malcolm English is due to go to Beccles to judge one of their competitions.
The North Norfolk club held 4 competitions: there were 2 set subjects – “Red, White and Blue” and “Street Photography” but with separate contests under each subject for so-called ‘Novices’ and for the ‘Advanced’ competitors.
Mike Lloyd judged the Novices ’Red, White and Blue’ pictures first and awarded first place to Barrie Price for ‘Under the red white and blue canopy’, his picture of a micro light aeroplane with – what it says on the tin! Then, the Novices competed with Street Photographs – the winner being Grace Glaister with ’Goal’ a young lad’s face a picture of joy and we have to assume that his team had just scored!
The Novices’ photos were so good, it was a struggle for the Advanced members to keep up! But Barb Gardner was up to the mark with her ‘Smoke Trails’, a clever shot of trails of smoke in the 3 colours. And the Street Photography winner was ‘Starting the Journey’ showing a competition cyclist with helmet and very reflective ‘shades’ in which the view of the street was clearly reflected.

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Robin Johnson

 Meeting Report 1 February 2017

Paul & Lizzie

Lizzie Wallis & Paul Richards

Twice in the course of two months members of North Norfolk Photographic Society have been given the opportunity to savour the sheer talent of their members.
After Howard Denner’s pictures of showbiz stars in January, on 1st February Lizzie Wallis and Paul Richards presented some of the stars of Northern lands. They called their presentation Cranes, Ruff Sex and the Midnight Sun – which neatly summed it up!
Paul and Lizzie went off in a camper van with their cameras (and some sausages) for 3 months to take photos of wildlife in Scandinavia. They opened their show with a map displaying their route, which took them after driving north from the English channel around Finland, and across to Sweden and Norway.
They chose to visit places where they had been to before and knew the photo opportunities to be good and others recommended by the ‘locals’; for the most part around the coast and on the moor land just inland.
As well as Cranes and Ruffs (which are species of birds not often seen in England) there were foxes and hares and beautiful landscapes – but the birds were definitely centre stage. And, yes, the birds got up to a lot of sex! The Cranes were dancing with their partners; the Ruffs (after some initial preliminaries) were fighting for choice of mate. An interesting fact about Ruffs: some of the guys look like gals! All photographed with immaculate care and clarity. There was also in particular a beautiful photograph of a Bluethroat.

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Robin Johnson