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The Mach Loop in Wales

Published February 2nd, 2013

The Mach Loop in Wales (pronounced ‘Mac’ Loop) is famous for its low flying military aircraft which use the area to practice low level flying techniques.

The loop as it is more commonly known lies between the towns of Dolgellau (pronounced Dol-geth-lie), Tal-y-llyn Lake, Machynlleth (pronounced ma-hun-lith) and Dinas Mawddwy.

The Royal Air Force and United States Air Force (USAF) amongst others use this area as it forms part of the UK low fly system. The UK low fly system is divided into 18 areas known as LFA’s (low flying areas) and the Mach Loop falls under LFA7.

LFA7 and the loop have been popular for many years with military aviation photographers looking to capture aircraft images and many visit in all weathers in order to get the perfect shot.

LFA7 (the loop) is commonly used by fast jet training squadrons from RAF Valley who operate aBe hawk T1 and T2 but you can also see RAF Tornado Gr4’s, Eurofighter Typhoons, C130 Hercules, Grob Tutors, Shorts Tucanos as well as variou ...

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Short Eared Owls - My First Outing

Published January 28th, 2012

Tried a new location today I have heard about. It was also my first outing with my new Gitzo 5541LS Tripod and JOBU Pro2 Gimbal Head set up.

Really I just wanted to see how it all worked together and try my luck with some Short Eared Owls that roost at a nature reserve near my home.

Here are a few test shots, next time I will be using my Teleconverter 1.4 or maybe a cropped sensor camera to get a bit closer.

If you like these shots then please vote for my photo "The Low Level Hunter"

http://500px.com/photo/4656240

Cheers

Stevie

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