Wildlife shots from near and far

Bittern by Olive Taylor.
Bittern by Olive Taylor.

Morpeth Camera Club

Olive Taylor, a member of Croft Camera Club, gave a presentation entitled Pick and Mix to Morpeth Camera Club.

Describing herself as “non technical”, Olive focuses mainly on wildlife.

Having a hide in her back garden, she is able to take stunning shots of wild birds that frequent the area on a daily basis.

Not one to burden herself with multiple lenses, she makes good use of her standard 18-200mm and her favourite macro lens, which she uses with wonderful results.

Her presentation began with stunning macro shots of a spider, a charming coal tit fledgling, willow warbler, glistening wing shots of dragonflies, a speckled wood butterfly on brambles, goldfinches, a pretty wren with caterpillar, a greater spotted woodpecker on lichen, yellow hammers, a nuthatch posing on moss, dunnocks and a lovely shot of a wren among convolvulus.

Charming images of reed bunting on a gnarled branch, roe deer in the snow and peeking through foliage, back lit owls in flight, kestrels, and snipe in reeds followed.

From her travels to the Lake District, we saw sepia toned scenes of lakes and mountains in Wasdale and Eskdale.

There were Shetland fulmar chicks and guillemots, heather clad moorland in the Cheviots, and St Mary’s Lighthouse at dawn.

Further afield in Hudson Bay, there were Arctic hares in snow and a polar bear with young.

Olive described temperatures of -20 degrees centigrade and having the services of armed wardens for security.

There were Inside Passage shots of low clouds over forests, eagles, otters with young, and mink with salmon, and in Banff, reflections of autumn colours, mule deer, meerkats and pine squirrels.

Olive held the audience captivated with many wonderful photographs — bright red hellebores, kingfishers, rats, wood mice, backlit bluebells, macro shots of roses, dandelion seed heads and bee orchids, humped backed whales and waterfalls.

A stunning series of shots of a bittern among reeds and taking flight followed, together with Blyth Pier with pounding waves, night time shots of the Tyne bridges, silhouetted trees at sunset and a study of a ram in sharp monochrome.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Olive for her presentation of such high quality photographs, after which a question and answer session followed, with Olive explaining that she frequently uses hides and a 300mm lens to capture wildlife.

She only uses aperture priority on her camera and doesn’t use a tripod, all of her photographs are hand held.

Olive proved to be a truly accomplished photographer and her presentation and dialogue were appreciated by all.

For further information regarding the club, its programme and gallery, please visit our website at wwwmorpethcameraclub.co.uk

Please note that anyone is welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join the club. There is, however, a small cover charge.