Six of us visited the Hawk Conservancy in Andover with a view to photographing birds of prey. Unlike many such displays, the Conservancy tries to create the world where the birds would be seen in their natural habitat. A display of vultures was set in a landscape complete with termite mounds and meerkats. The fish eagle flew in to take food from the surface of a pond as it would in the wild. The birds were spectacular but so fast, that getting a photograph was more down to luck and shooting in burst mode.
The highlight of the day was time spent in woodland with a tawny owl and a kestrel. The birds were put in natural settings such as the branch of a tree or a tree stump. The tawny owl decided to do its own thing. It was supposed to stay on a branch of a tree but no it flew off. It had heard a vole moving in the undergrowth and flew down to catch it. It took the prey to a tree stump and proceeded to eat it giving us great opportunities to photograph natural behaviour. The kestrel behaved perfectly giving opportunities for head and shoulder shots.
By Ken Lindup
6 members had a 5 mile walk round Petworth Park today in pleasant sunny weather. We were lucky enough to avoid the showers visible all around us, and to see large herds of deer. We ended with lunch at Petworth House.
Dear Mr President, Committee Members and fellow Members,
I am very “chuffed” to be selected as the recipient of the Robbie Morgan Trophy this year, particularly as the overall standard throughout the year in the Beginners section has been very high, as endorsed by several visiting judges.
However, I do have one main regret and that is I hadn’t joined the club earlier as since being a member, due to the very impressive work submitted by members in the competitions and presentations conducted by visiting experts, my perception in photography has completely changed for the better. Prior to this, when looking at my results I considered most reasonable and a few good. Now when looking at the same images, the standard has dropped dramatically to the point very few images are worth keeping apart from being a “recorded” image.
Therefore, a sincere thanks to all in setting the example for me and future recipients of this prestigious award to aspire to greater standards and imagination.
Stefan gave us a close and personal look at the Bloodhound Project on Monday evening 15 February. We followed the project all the way through to its current “almost finished” position with Stefan’s excellent photographs and videos. The attention of visitors and members was held throughout the evening with plenty of questions asked at the end.
Thank you Stefan, your knowledge and enthusiasm inspired us all.
On Wednesday 28 October 6 club members drove to Ropley to meet our guide John at 8:30am. John took us round the yards and workshops, explaining what was happening in each area. The locomotives were firing up, the volunteers on duty that day were arriving, and the workshops were being prepared for the day’s work.
We spent several hours learning about the workings of the railway, and we also travelled up and down the line. At Arlesford we saw Bitterne, sister engine to Mallard, who broke the speed record in 1938. The locomotive was about to be loaded on a heavy transport lorry to move to another heritage railway.
John looked after us very well. In the afternoon we walked down the line to photograph the passing trains.
It was a fascinating day, well worth getting up early for.
The SPA Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 17th October 2015 at East Horsley Village Hall.
The SPA Individual Entry Competition takes place each year on the afternoon of the SPA AGM. This competition is open to all members of Surrey clubs who attend the AGM, and this year 4 members from Ludshott Photographic Club entered.