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Brighton Clock Tower in Snow   Snow Covered Bench on Hove Promenade.   Night picture of the Chattri in December 
Snow

Hove beach huts in snow   Snow on Hove Promenade   Brighton Clock Tower in snowstorm

Starlings   Starling Murmuration   Starling Murmuration and West Pier, in a Hail Storm

Starlings   Star-ti-ling Sunset   Murmuration

Brighton Pier   The Landscape is Changing   Orange Margarita

Bluebell Wood   Glade in Autumn   The Golden Trail

Poppies in the Red Zone   White Horse   Wanna Make Something Of It?

Rabbit and Daisies   Marbled White, female and male   The Famous Five

Photography Tuition | Starlings | Brighton Pier


Learn how to photograph Brighton's famous starling murmurations with expert wildlife photographer, Alan MacKenzie. Suitable for all levels of knowledge and experience. Alan will guide you though camera settings, composition, timing and use of light. Contact Alan now to book a session.
  • Meet in afternoon at Brighton Pier
  • Groups and 1-2-1
  • Printed handout and online feedback
  • Cost: £30 for 1-2-1 and £20 each for groups
  • Gear requirements: DSLR/SLR and telephoto lens

Photography Tuition


Starlings

Starling Murmuration

Murmuration

Starling Murmuration and West Pier, in a Hail Storm

One's Fallow Men


My visit to a forest on the High Weald in Sussex marked the end of a three month break from stalking deer. I saw 25 deer in total, including this pair of Fallow bucks, sporting a tan coat, cream underside and white spots. Their freshly created footprints and droppings were visible along a woodland path adjacent to where I spotted them moments later in a field. Unusually for this species, they spent about 20 seconds observing me, before running away; they would normally bolt on sight. When I think about it, not many people go out for a walk and enjoy the privilege of seeing this! 

Roe deer seem more abundant in the forest this year. Hopefully in the coming years, it will become a first choice location for Roe. Sometimes, one can wander through the forest and not see a single deer. This evening was one of those a rare occasions when my visit coincided with high levels of deer activity. With my enthusiasm for deer refreshed, I hope to spend more time during what remains of the summer, out in the woods and fields, looking for more beautiful animals to show you.


One's Fallow Men

Precisely two weeks later, I returned to the forest and discovered that the abundance of deer was no fluke. Likely reasons are the displacement of animals from overpopulated neighbouring forests and cool August weather deterring people from visiting the forest. Early in the evening, a Fallow deer buck (see below) appeared along a glade deep into the forest. Minutes later, I saw him chase a slightly younger buck through the ferns. The fleeing buck, unaware of my presence, ran straight towards me, turned sharply and leapt through the air in a 10 metre trajectory. Not many people go for a walk in the forest and see the aerial jump of a Fallow deer at such close quarters (5 metres). The pair of Fallow deer above are 2 years old, while the buck with more well-developed antlers is aged 4 years. Fallow deer can live for up to 15 years in the wild.

Fallow Buck, Woodland Glade

High Summer at Kingston Ridge


Harvest time has come early to Sussex, following above average winter, spring and summer temperatures. A recent heatwave, with daily figures of 28°C, accounts for the parched appearance of fields. I've been following seasonal changes to the landscape at Kingston Ridge since March. Just 90 days ago, the area was vivid green. Now, it is a palette of golden brown and muted red. Compare March and June 2014 to see how different it looks. If September is warm and settled, farmers will sow the fields, as they did last year, resulting in a marked absence of poppy fields earlier this summer. I will be returning here in autumn and winter, for more dramatic seasonal comparisons.

Bread Basket

Harvest Time, Kingston Ridge

High Summer, Kingston Ridge

The Colours of Summer


June is surely the greenest month in the calendar. Perhaps it's just a bit too green for some. The coming of July resolves this, by adding just a hint of red and yellow into fields and pastures. Corn fields start to ripen and by August, the parched fields will have dispersed their seeds and begun to die back. Happily, there's still plenty of time to enjoy the countryside, as the sun continues to shine until 9.15pm and twilight lasts until 10.30.

2014 has been a terrible year for wild poppies in Sussex, but a potentially lucrative one for farmers. Favourable sowing weather in autumn 2013 lead to farmers using their arable land for wheat production. Summer 2014 will produce a bumper yield of grain. If you love the sight of poppies, then a wet autumn is your ally.  

After a mild winter and warm spring, the first Marbled White butterflies were on the wing by June 20th, a full 10 days earlier than normal. They can be found in meadows all over England and live for about 21 days. I spent two hours with a roosting female and male (see last photo) in a vast meadow on the eastern edge of Friston Forest. The red object on the male is a parasite called Trombidium breei, which feeds on its blood. I counted 6 mites in total. A major infestation can potentially kill the butterfly.

Half-a-mile along a path beginning in the village of West Dean is a meadow nestled between Friston Forest and Exceat Wood. This unplanted part of the forest is sheltered from the wind and therefore ideal for macro work. Time always flies past when I'm completely absorbed in butterflies. Friston Forest may be a 20 mile bus journey from home, but nowhere else locally has such a vast range of subjects and locations. We wait months for butterflies to appear and they're around for such a short period of time. It's like spending the day with a friend you won't see again for another year.

A methodical approach is essential when photographing butterflies. Since they are cold-blooded, I always photograph butterflies when they are inactivated by cooler evening temperatures. Winds have to be very light or non-existent, but nevertheless I still utilise an array of sticks and clothes pegs to secure plant stems and prevent any movement. The camera sensor and wings have to be in perfect alignment, otherwise only part of the butterfly will be in focus. It can take two hours and 300 shots to produce the final result. 


Waterpit Hill, South Downs

Balmer Huff

The Gate

Fireweed    Wild Woodland Foxgloves

Poppies in the Red Zone

Marbled White on Pyramid Orchid

Red Admiral, Friston Forest

Marbled White on Pyramid Orchid, Friston Forest    Mating Six-spot Burnet Moths

Marbled White, female and male

Green is Good


Kingston Ridge, near Lewes is a fascinating South Downs location. Dramatic seasonal changes in appearance have made it my favourite Sussex vantage point. It is within easy reach of Brighton and only a short walk from the bus stop at Houndean Rise. The sheer complexity of hedgerows, lines and curves makes it an ideal place to teach student landscape photographers how to identify viable compositions. The landscape is so green in June, it's as if someone has spent the morning placing broccoli florets all over the field edges. The pure greens are just beginning to change in late June and before long, the wheat fields will be ripening in the July heat. Perhaps a future summer will bring carpets of poppies beside the Y-shaped horse gallops seen in the foreground. I'll be the first on that bus when they do!

Kingston Ridge, June

Y

S is for Sussex

Telescope Man

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