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Photo Club pictures - week 2

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 14:41 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The second edition of Photo Club is on Red Button at 9pm tonight and here are some of the photos up for discussion. Which are your favourites? We'll post the full show on the website tomorrow if you missed it.

Feeding behaviour

Red squirrel on feeder © Neil Stalker

Red squirrel on a feeder © Neil Stalker

Robin landing © Stressed Jim

Robin landing © Stressed Jim

Capturing action

Dancing adders © Matt Binstead

Adders Dancing © Matt Binstead

Marsh Harrier © Mark Ranner

Marsh harrier © Mark Ranner

Common terns © Greg Morgan

Common terns © Greg Morgan

Rare sightings

Wild boar piglet © Ben Locke

Wild Boar Piglet © Ben LockeSparrowhawk and woodpecker © Robert Fuller

Sparrowhawk © Richard Fuller

Guest of the week: Photographer Amy Goold


Puffin © Aimee Goold


Butterfly © Aimee Goold

Just in

Cockchafer © Tom Brewster

Cockchafer © Tom Brewster

Puffins © Andrew Sproule


We'll hopefully be able to bring you all the photos above but if you watched last week's Photo Club you'll know it's a live show so anything can happen! If you'd like your photos to be considered by our team, add them to the Springwatch Flickr group and get involved with our friendly community.

Update 10 June 2010: You can watch last night's Photo Club on the blog now.


  • Comment number 1.

    Suggestion for the photo club music: 'Vision On' the theme Tony Hart had when showing art work on his show.

  • Comment number 2.

    What a shame you didn't get time to review the last photo above of the Puffins on the show tonight as it's fantastic. Perhaps you could include it in next week's show.

  • Comment number 3.

    @Linda Yes, the perils of live shows. I'm sure Martin will try to get it into next week's show.

  • Comment number 4.

    For me its the marsh harrier by Mark Ranner , i like the framing and pose! also the Terns by Greg Morgan is a pretty cool shot!

  • Comment number 5.

    The sparrow hark and woodpecker has to be the best-what a photo

  • Comment number 6.

    I am a bit biased as he is a good friend of mine, but the wild boar piglet by Ben Locke has to take credit for the amount of hard work he puts in. You can be lucky of course, but Ben doesn't just stumble upon them, he tracks them deep into the forest.
    You then have to gain the sows trust before even attempting to get this close to her piglets! These are large animals that don't always run away, this presents unpredictability on a larger scale and I take my hat off to Ben as he is so dedicated to these animals.


  • Comment number 7.

    Definitely the red squirell on feeder! You can see him/her thinking "Oooo, I've been snatched". (-;

  • Comment number 8.

    Love the Photo Club, as a semi pro photographer of a few years I would be chuffed with 90 percent of them. I agree with all that Chris says re manipulate or not, but surly it's better to get a shot with a small flaw than to miss it altogether by trying to get it just right. Good shot, bad shot, it's better to be out there taking it. My camara flashes away at 10 fps ( That gives the make away ) but the shot can still be missed. I'm still hoping I've not yet taken my best image. Love Martin and Chris's sense of humour and just love Kate. Springwatch/Autumnwatch love it. Cheers. Colin6

  • Comment number 9.

    Thankyou SpringWatch for running the photo club, seeing other peoples images has really reignited my interest in nature and wildlife photography!! I had become a little disenchanted after 2 years of being told what sort of photos to take for my degree...
    The sparrowhawk and woodpecker is probably my favourite out of these ones, although i love the colours in Amy Goold's photos.

  • Comment number 10.

    I think the comment made about the need for PATIENCE in wild life photography is very apt in our household after my twin daughters and i spent what felt like hours waiting for a baby woodpecker to pop it's head out of the hole in a tree at the bottom of our Chester garden! Finally Charis got her moment...it may be a bit shakey but we've looked at it again and again and forgotton all about the bites on our legs fom the undergrowth! (And how fantastic that last night you showed woodpeckers in sharp focus fledging their nest...)Somehow our blurry effort and the gasp of WOW when she'd captured our little woodpecker chick on her camera has got us hooked. I wonder if they'll return next year as on close inspection there are two holes there? This same daughter by the way took instant exception to kate's comment in the photo club of 'I'm just a girl....' as to why she couldn't take a decent photo!!!! (And talking of patience, the weekend has finally arrived when 3 generations of our family are helping my son transform the hole he has dug into a pond!! He asked for a pond on his sixteenth birhtday and we said great but you have to dig it!....Aged nearly 19 and on his gap year we are finally ready to get cracking, it's going to be wonderful...).
    Please can i ask if Art School or a course in Zoology is the best way forward for a career as a wildlife photographer? My daughter is very very keen to do this but not so hot on science at school tho brilliant in every ohter way.Are there ever any chances of following a film crew for a day to give a flavour and to gain experience? We are all hugely enjoying Springwatch...

  • Comment number 11.

    Mine is the sparrowhawk and woodpecker, I saw this Photo a while ago, Robert is an excellent wildlife artist,just google his name and see for yourself, the other photos are also very good, but that one just tops the others.

  • Comment number 12.

    It was very apt last night that the need for PATIENCE was stressed as a key part of wildlife photography...my twin daughters and i had spent what felt like hours being bitten in the undergrowth waiting by a very noisy hole in a tree at the bottom of our garden in Chester for a woodpecker chick to stick it's head out. And it finally happened!Wow! And captured on camera...if not slightly blurry, but we've looked at it over and over!There are two holes there - will the same family be back next year? It was great last night that you had a beautifully shot film of woodpeckers fledging...
    And talking of patience, 3 generations of our family are set this weekend to transform a hole in our garden into a wonderful pond.This has been 3yrs in the making after my 16yr old son asked for a pond for his birthday. We said great, but you have to do the design and the digging! Three yrs later on his gap yr, he is finally ready for us all to make it a pond....it will be wonderful.
    By the way please can i ask if someone is hoping for a career in wildlife photography is Art school the right direction if someone is very creative or do you have to do zoology? Do your film crews ever let anyone tag along for a few hours to see what it's like?
    p.s This same daughter was instantly outraged by kate's comment last night that ''she was a girl'' as her excuse for not being any good at photography!!
    p.p.s we are really enjoying Springwatch!

  • Comment number 13.

    My only gripe with the sparrowhawk image is the photographer intervened and chased off the sparrowhawk from its prey !Which was not mentioned! For me that is a huge no no! its a lovely shot dont get me wrong .


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