Wednesday, 13 June 2018

New project

This blog is currently suspended as I work on an exciting new project. If you are looking for a talk though please do check the link to the right where you will find all of the details.




catching up

well behind in keeping this up to date so a few images here from the last few months.

a pair of adders in the Forest of Dean


Back in Scotland and caught up with this lovely otter on Loch Sunart


A local water vole, must make some more time for these!


One of my best ever encounters with wild boar in the Forest of Dean resulted in some cool new shots!

Staying local


Robins have once again nested in the garden allowing me some opportunities to take some simple portraits.


At RSPB Middleton Lakes a long staying great white egret was enough of a temptation for me to take my camera to work.


I rarely get out with my camera at work but its always rewarding when I do. This cormorant make for a simple image in the morning light.

and further down the part this grasshopper warbler was reeling in the willow and I just managed a view through with the camera.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Britain's Best Wildlife...new talk ready to go!

Just launched my 'Britain's Best Wildlife' talk and must admit I have had a lot of fun with this portfolio of images and going back through the archives from the last ten years!




Glorious Gannets!

Third time lucky and we finally had the weather for our boat trip off the Yorkshire Coast. With the sun shining we were excited to see what the seas near Bempton Cliffs had in store for us..


The gannets certainly played their part and within a few minutes of arriving off the cliffs they were circling the boat.


Once the fish started being thrown the action really kicked off and for half an hour or so it was fast and furious with birds flashing past us at all angles. Of course the key shot was to try and nail the charismatic dive and this was the closest I got.


There were a great number of opportunities for a wider portfolio though and the camera didn't stop as I tried for many different images. Brilliant fun but I'm already looking forward to the next time!




Friday, 1 July 2016

Western Isles revisited


I have not been to the Hebrides for almost ten years having travelled there extensively in the past. Needing images of hen harriers for my new bird of prey talk was my excuse to take a short trip to Skye and then on to the Uists. Only two days though meant that I was under pressure to cram in as much as possible and I was pleased to add lots of images to the portfolio. Including some okish images of my main target species.

  

These black throated divers were a nice surprise on Loch Druidibeg.


A couple of landscape shots including this one of the black Cullin mountains on Skye


Short eared owls are thriving on the hebrides and can be found hunting in any suitable moorland or grassland habitat.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Terrific tufty!


A few days at Centerparcs in the Lake District was great for the family and we had brilliant weather whilst the rest of the country suffered. Best bit though was the pair of red squirrels behind our cabin.


I had of course taken a big tub of peanuts so the little fellows soon got used to my daily offerings and I had several chances to photograph them in the morning and evenings.


Not all good news there though as squirrel pox has hit the colony hard with maybe 60% having succumbed. Certainly we didn't see squirrels anywhere else on the 400 acre site and the rangers were very concerned.


I have photographed red squirrels in Scotland and Lancashire before but was pleased to get a wider portfolio of shots with these ones. A lovely subject that I could photograph again and again though.