Members enjoy Cranes, Ruff Sex and the Midnight Sun at North Norfolk Photographic Society

Dancing cranes. Picture: Paul Richards

Dancing cranes. Picture: Paul Richards - Credit: Paul Richards

Twice in the course of two months members of North Norfolk Photographic Society have been given the opportunity to savour the sheer talent of their members.

Lizzie Wallis and Paul Richards. Picture: Robin Johnson

Lizzie Wallis and Paul Richards. Picture: Robin Johnson - Credit: Robin Johnson

After Howard Denner's pictures of showbiz stars in January, this month Lizzie Wallis and Paul Richards presented some of the stars of Northern lands. They called their presentation Cranes, Ruff Sex and the Midnight Sun - which neatly summed it up!

Paul and Lizzie went off in a camper van with their cameras (and some sausages) for three months to take photos of wildlife in Scandinavia. They opened their show with a map displaying their route, which took them after driving north from the English channel around Finland, and across to Sweden and Norway.

They chose to visit places where they had been to before and knew the photo opportunities to be good and others recommended by the 'locals'; for the most part around the coast and on the moor land just inland.

As well as Cranes and Ruffs - species of birds not often seen in England - there were foxes and hares and beautiful landscapes - but the birds were definitely centrestage. And, yes, the birds got up to a lot of sex!

Make Ruffs. Picture: Paul Richards

Make Ruffs. Picture: Paul Richards - Credit: Paul Richards


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The Cranes were dancing with their partners; the Ruffs, after some initial preliminaries, were fighting for choice of mate. An interesting fact about Ruffs: some of the guys look like gals! All photographed with immaculate care and clarity. There was also in particular a beautiful photograph of a Bluethroat.

Meetings of the North Norfolk Photographic Society are normally held in Holt Community Centre on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. For further details contact the club secretary, Judith Wells, by emailing: secretary.nnps@gmail.com Alternatively, log on to the club website: www.nnphotosoc.org

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