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Charles James Sharp

The Galápagos flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris) thinks its reflected image is another bird and it frequently perches on visitors and their cameras (in this case my basic DLSR and kit 300mm from 2013).

Wildlife portrait photographer living in Oxfordshire. All my best images are illustrating Wikipedia articles or have been uploaded in full resolution to Wikimedia Commons.  All images are also in albums on Flickr. Images are sRGB optimised for on-screen viewing. I can provide CMYK optimised images on request - best for print.


Please feel free to use any of my wildlife photos in print or digital publications. You may crop them, but not otherwise edit them. Please credit me (Charles J Sharp) -  it’s always appreciated.


Do let me know if I have misidentified anything - it's not always easy.


I started using a Canon digital camera in 2003 with 300mm my longest lens. In March 2014, I acquired a Canon EF 100-400mm IS lens and 70D body; a Canon EF 100mm 2.8 IS Macro lens in May and a Canon MR-14EX ring flash in September. I've stopped using the ring flash and now prefer to use an off-camera Speedlite.

I upgraded the 100-400mm in 2015 to the MKII and replaced the 70Ds with 80Ds in 2016. For macro photogrpahy, I started using the Helicon Tube in 2018. On burst mode, it shifts the point of focus by, say, 2mm, each shot.

In 2021, I went mirrorless. I now use two Canon R6 bodies, one with 100-500mm zoom and 1.4x extender and the other with the new 100mm macro. The R6 has in-camera focus bracketing. The autofocus system is a nightmare, so you need manual work-arounds. The image quality is great.

I'm reluctant to endorse Canon as quality problems have got worse and Canon don't care.


I use Photoshop CS6 for editing and Helicon Focus software for photo-stacking. I use Topaz AI denoise and Sharpen AI.

Eurasian blue tit

(Ceanistes caeruleus)

in my Oxfordshire garden

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