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Issue No. 83 [Back Issues]
14th February 2006

This Week - [Live BBC Interview - Latest Ross-on-Wye Otter Photographs]
[Men and Motors (Wyedean Rally) - Ross-on-Wye Kingfishers - X-centricity Oscars]
[Dandelion Killers - Letters and Readers Photographs - Heritage Centre Elephants III - Rugby]
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Men & Motors - Steve Bennett Wins a First in the Wyedean Rally

Congratulations to local rally driver Steve Bennett for gaining first place in his class in the Wyedean 'Get Connected' Rally on Saturday 11th February, coming in at 56th place over all out of approximately 180 competitors.

Steve, who runs a local garage was lucky to make the event as just a week before the race his engine blew up and he had to spend a lot of time chasing around the country for parts. However, he got the vehicle ready in time and despite losing a rear shocker for the last three stages of the race, Steve and his navigator Paul Wakeley of Llanelli achieved their goal.


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Nature Watch - The Ross-on-Wye Kingfishers

When it comes to photography I like nothing more than a challenge and catching the kingfisher Alcedo atthis proved to be exactly that. They are like greased lightning and more difficult to photograph than otters! After a week of trying to catch them, I got these shots on Thursday, 9th February 2006 on the Wye at Wilton. They are not brilliant because I could not get around the tree branches being in the way. They will do for now however.

The top three photos were taken by Wilton Castle and the bottom one from the opposite bank, whilst the bird caught a fish by the castle. The kingfisher has the fish in its beak. I have the sequence of kingfisher catching fish photos but have not published due to size of the bird and distance across the river of these shots.

Although they are quite difficult to spot, there are quite a few kingfishers on the Wye at Ross and they regularly frequent the river area by the White Lion pub at Wilton, where they can be watched from the garden or through the window during the winter months.

The kingfisher, which has a bright, electric blue and red plumage and a long pointy beak, sits on a tree branch watching for lunch to come swimming by then dives at virtually the speed of light, catches the fish and returns to the tree, where he stuns it and swallows it, head first. I am not sure if he buys a 'day ticket' first - they are probably too fast for the bailiff in any case.


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Paparazzi at the X-centricity Oscars

Following the successful performance of Jekyll and Hyde by local theatre troupe 'X-centricity', a party was held on Friday last, 10th February, which took the form of an Oscar presentation. I was invited along as a paparazzi photographer to catch the actors arriving via the red carpet.

Pictured below are actresses EJ Martin (top photo) Jennie Allen, Steph Frost and Kelsey Smith (middle photo) and the whole cast (bottom photo). I did photograph everyone individually and will publish all the other photographs taken at this event in the gallery later this week as time allows. Sorry I could not get them ready for today but it has been one busy week! Try looking again on Thursday. Paparazzi photography is not really my style but I enjoyed meeting you all on Friday and hope you had a great evening.

All paparazzi photographs are now available to view in the gallery. Click here to get to the gallary and then either watch the slide show or click the thumbnails on the left to see the photo you would like to view.


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