RSPB Love Nature magazine, “Photo of the Issue”

October 31st, 2014

I am delighted to see my image of a Great Crested Grebe in the latest issue of RSPBs Love Nature magazine.

The RSPB often print readers images in their magazine but this particular image was selected as their “Photo of the Issue”. Apart from the obvious personal recognition, the prize that they awarded was very suitable indeed. More than 500 pounds of outdoor weather clothing including boots from Blacks in the UK.

I would like to say a great big thank you to the RSPB for selecting my image and to Blacks for sponsoring the “Photo of the Issue” prize.


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British Wildlife Photography Awards BWPA – Highly Commended Kestrel

September 28th, 2014

I am a little bit late in communicating this news given my travels over the last few weeks…


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However, I am delighted to announce that this image of a Kestrel was Highly Commended at this years British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) in the Animal Portraits section.
The awards ceremony for the BWPA was hosted by Chris Packham on 3rd September 2014 in London. Given that I was photographing in Kenya that week I was unable to attend the awards ceremony. It was a shame that I was unable to visit in person so I will take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners and all those who had work commended and thank the organisers for their effort and time to organise these annual awards.

Earlier in the year I had decided not to enter any of the major photographic competitions. That decision was partly due to work commitments at the time and partly to take a step away from the competitive edge of photography and concentrate on what I enjoy doing most, namely taking photographs. Well, all of that changed when a certain friend and inspirational photographer Richard Peters visited for the weekend and “put some pressure” on me to enter. The deadline for the BWPA entry coincided with Richards visit, so to keep my guest happy, I duly entered…


Thanks therefore go to www.richardpeters.co.uk for the nudge. Cheers buddy…

A Little Owlet landing…

August 26th, 2014

Here is one from this years session with the Little Owls.

The Little Owls started nesting quite early this year, so when the breeding season began I thought that two broods could be a real possibility. The weather was nice and warm when the Owlets finally hatched, so again I thought that they would be anxious to leave the barn and get out into the fresh and cooler air. How wrong I was. This years Owlets spent weeks and weeks in the nest and when they did finally appear they were already pretty big ( relatively speaking!) . They were however very fluffy and instantly recognisable as Owlets.

Here is one of the Owlets when it was still not sure when to run, fly, walk or hop…


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An Eagle Marching…

July 31st, 2014

You might be surprised to know that this picture wasn’t taken close to my home…

It was taken in Poland, earlier this year, on a trip to specifically photograph White Tailed Eagles. The weather was not quite as cold as I had hoped for and there was also very little falling snow which I was expecting on arrival. However, many photographic opportunities occurred over a very enjoyable few days.

Here is one of the majestic Eagles “Marching”. Another picture to add to my growing collection of marching bird images…


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Starling in flight from my Photography Hide…

June 29th, 2014

I have been taking some pictures from my Photography Hide recently, whilst waiting for my local Owls to show me their young…

One of the openings of the hide is positioned to give a simple clean background. Having a uniform background helps the subject stand out more on the finished photograph and also has the advantage that the camera finds it easier to “see” contrasting subjects in the foreground. Small birds in flight are always very difficult to record. Not only does their size make things difficult but they are also very agile. Medium sized birds like Blackbirds and Starlings I find are a little bit easier.

This Staring in flight is one of many Starlings that frequent the area around my hide. At this time of year they are also very noisy…

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