Day out: International Centre for Birds of Prey

The International Centre for Birds of Prey near Newent was the destination of our recent club day out. With fantastic weather and a good turn-out of club members, and enjoyable day out was had photographing birds of prey while tethered, in cages, or during one of several flying demonstrations held throughout the day. I’m sure that many of the members will have plenty of photos of blue sky, or blurred birds from the flying demonstrations, however I’m sure we’ll see some stunning images in up-coming competitions!

Discussion Evening

After a slightly chaotic start, with non-functioning laptops, and calibration, the club enjoyed an evening discussing the winning 3 images from each bi-monthly competition last year, both for projected images and prints. Especially useful for the newer (potential) members of the club who were able to see a variety of winning images.


Many of us young(ish!) folk don’t remember slides as a medium for displaying images, so it was fascinating to see many of the slides that some of the club members had managed to unearth, not to mention seeing some of our club members looking somewhat more youthful! A big thank you to everyone who brought along their slides to show to the club.

The Italian job!

A rare Friday evening outing on the 24th of February saw a good number of club members turn out for a very enjoyable meal at the Italian restaurant La Passione in Chipping Sodbury. The food was wonderful, and the company made the evening a true delight, and a good time was had by all. Mike Wescott, the New Members Host, organised the evening – many thanks Mike!

Quiz Night!

A break from the usual displays of images and talks from guest speakers, the 20th of February saw club members enjoy a fun evening with a general knowledge quiz in the first half of the evening, and a photography and astro-photography themed identification quiz in the second half. An enjoyable evening was had by all, and thanks go to John Scantlebury for organising and running the evening so successfully.

Adventures of a wildlife photographer

Peter Basterfield ARPS, DPAGB, gave an outstanding talk to club members on the 30th of January 2012. There were many fantastic pictures, the majority of which were birds. Peter started off showing pictures of wildlife that can be found in your back garden, and progressed to travelling all over the world and showing a huge variety of wildlife, as well as telling tales behind many of the images.

For more information about Peter, and to see some of his wonderful images, please visit Peter’s website.

Steam in the UK Landscape

This week Don Bishop ARPS gave a talk to club members, the subject of which was Steam in the UK Landscape. Starting in the highlands of Scotland and moving gradually down to the south coast, we were treated to some fascinating pictures of locomotives, carriages, rolling stock and stations, taken at various times over the past few years.

For further information about Don Bishop, head over to his website at