Fishing with a camera

Cow Bream

Cow Bream

I have just purchased a small compact camera, Sony DSC-TX30, as a back up for my heavy DSLR. As it is waterproof down to 10 metres I decided to have a go at some underwater photography this afternoon. Here are my first attempts in the sea at the end of Las Negras beach. The photo above is of a shoal of Cow Bream. They appear in large numbers and feed close to the shore. My snorkeling is limited by just using goggles and breathing tube so I only see fish that come close to shore.
Striped Mullet and Two-banded Bream

Striped Mullet and Two-banded Bream

Here are some stripped mullet feeding on the bottom. Apparently they are highly prized as a food species.Above them are swimming a couple of Two-banded Bream.
White Bream

White Bream

I think these three fish are White Bream. I need some practice to improve the quality of these photos. I hope the sea stays warm enough to have a few more goes this month..
Painted Comber

Painted Comber

The last fish is a Painted Comber. These fish are found near reefs and like to hide and feed in holes in the rocks

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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