Blog - JAV61 Photography


January 4th, 2018

First of all a belated Happy New year to visitors, and secondly I'd like to apologize for not keeping the blog up to date over the last 6 months. I have however too many projects running, and I would like to ask you to please check my Flickr page, where I do try to regularly post some new selected images.

July 2nd, 2017

A second and again successful visit to the bird migration site at Villar-les-Dombes, France. Was it the cooler temperatures or the 2 week later time in the year, but the variety of birds seen was completely different. The stars of the shoot were a few Dalmation Pelicans which had fun doing tricks with a plastic bottle which they had found. I hope that you will enjoy the images.

Southern Crowned Pidgeon

Black-faced Ibis, Inca tern and a Nicobar Pigeon

Female wood duck

Ring snake, grass snake, or its scientific name Natrix Natrix

Female Red-crested Pochards catching diner, while daddy in the last image takes his bath

Dalmation Pelicans playing ball

Egyptian vulture, Griffon vulture, Saddled-billed Stork and a Violet Turaco

Yellow-billed Stork, and ... Floating in the water

June 21st, 2017

June 21st, the start of summer, and more important,  day of the June solstice. The sun reaching its highest location coincides, at least in my back yard, with the flowering of a rescued Persian Silk Tree, or it's scientific name, Albizia julibrissin.

Asian Silk Tree or Albizia julibrissin

And a glow worm, lighting for me at night ...

June 18th, 2017

A one day visit to the important French bird migration site, Villar-les-Dombes. The day was a great success, topped by the discovery of a young, in Europe almost extinct Night Raven or Black-Crowned_Night Heron. Please enjoy ...

Baby time

Babies are always beautiful. Look in particular at the Barnacle goose, image 2, 3 and 4, how protective the parents look after their single chick.

Dalmation pelican

An impressive migratory bird, with a wingspan of over 11 ft, spending Winter in Northern Africa, and Summer here in the park.

White Stork

Another impressive bird, the white stork, of which the park showed a very high concentration. The white stork is a long-distance migrant, spending Winters in Africa. For more information please check Wikipedia

A few misceleneous images

A Red Kite, hunting bird, in the very past only allowed to be used by the royalty, as expressed in his French name, Milan Royale. The standard gray heron, and lastly the big star, a Northern Bald Ibis, also a migratory bird, praying to the sky and asking for cooler weather.

Some ducks ...

Very rare Night Raven or Black-Crowned night heron

And above a few images of which I am very proud, taken with an effective 1050mm focus length, the almost extinct  Night Raven or Black-Crowned Night Heron. In the image you see a young one, meaning that there is at least one nest. If we look at France, then the number of couples was in 2011 confirmed at around 330, with as remark that their numbers are fastly decreasing. Let's hope that we can safe this gorgeous bird.

June 10th, 2017

Very late Spring, but still, some awesome flowers. I could simply not skip the pomegranate which is blossoming, and a rose bush almost next to it. While taking the images, a beautiful Goldfinch came to keep me company ... at about 200 ft distance. Only rescue, the 500mm, and while we're on it with the 500mm, using the small depth of field, a few images of an Iris flower.

Life cycle of a Pomegranate blossom

Rose bush

Goldfinch & Iris flower

May 9th - May 12th, 2017 Photo trip Belgium

May 9th, 2017 - Bokrijk

Visit to the open air museum Bokrijk in the Province of Limburg, Belgium. Is worth a day visit, with besides the museum, an awesome open door play field for children and much more.

May 10th, 2017 - De Wijers

Visit to the wildlife reserve De Wijers, located in North Eastern Belgium. The area has a sandy soil and is characterized by a total of close to 1200 huge ponds, covering an area of close to 10000 acres (400 ha). The Wijers is a center for bird photography, with photographers coming from worldwide. The site is home to a specific  rare tree frog, easiest to be seen in black berry season, and the highly threatened Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris).  Altough one bittern was seen, collecting food for the little ones, the situation was such that no image could be taken.

  • Eurasian cuckoo

    The Eurasian cuckoo or Cuculus canorus is a summer migrant to Europe and Asia, is a brood parasite.

May 11-12th - Meerdaalwoud

A visit to the 100,000 acre, 4000 ha, mixed forest area in central Belgium near the historic town of Leuven, offering some exceptional flora and fauna. A time for macro photography.

April 9th, 2017

Venetian Carnival in the medieval town of Pérouges (12th century), located in Eastern France. Portraits made possible thanks to the modeling courtesy  provided by the Association "Les Rêveries Vénitiennes".

Venetian Carneval 2017, Pérouges

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April 3rd, 2017

Spring means flowers, and we can't get enough of it. Enjoy the beauty of these bay leaf flowers.

April 3rd, 2017

March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

End March 2017, plum and peach trees have finished their flower glory, but now the apple tree is celebrating. Macro images taken using a Sigma 105 f/2.8 macro with Nissin ring flash.

March 12, 2017

An early Spring hike in the woods, of course armed with the camera bag. In order to circumvent the low illumination forcing long exposure times, 99% of the images were made using a Nikon D7200  with Metz 52 AF-1 external flash, set to High Speed Sync.

March 12, 2017

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