Archive for October, 2010

The Lion family

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Here is another from this years trip to Kenya.

It was taken early one morning when it is a lot cooler, so the lions tended to be a lot more active. The cubs in particular were more than happy to get their paws wet running through the dew covered grasses.

Fortunately for me the lioness started to walk straight towards my vehicle, but I had to wait until neighbouring vehicles were no longer in the background before I took this picture. When I finished photographing I looked around at the other vehicles and saw Angela Scott ( BBC Big Cats photographer) in the drivers seat.

Two of six Cheetah cubs, play fighting.

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here is my first image from this years trip to the Masai Mara region of Kenya.

These are two of a family of six cubs that were being well looked after by mum. Typically six cubs don’t survive for very long so it was a real pleasure for me to see them at first hand. The mother Cheetah temporarily left the cubs while she went in pursuit of food. The cubs kept looking to see what mum was doing and when she got too far away the cubs would follow, but they always maintained a safe distance. Once the kill was complete the cubs were called by the mother and they then quickly set about feeding themselves.

Despite the full stomachs, the cubs still found the energy to play fight at every opportunity.

Cheetah image wins International Gold Medal

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Yesterday I collected a Gold Medal from the Royal Photographic Society for this image of a Cheetah chasing a gazelle.

I had entered the image into the Nature section of the 2010 International Exhibition of projected images. In total 1155 nature images were entered from around the world and of those 150 were accepted into the Exhibition. The opening and first showing of the exhibition was on 24th October 2010 in North Wales and the Exhibition will now tour the country over the coming weeks and months.

Wood Sandpiper in Finland

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

This will be my last post from the arctic region for a while. I have just come back from Kenya so I am now itching to process some of this years African images.

This Wood Sandpiper was enjoying the environment and some incredibly clear waters in Northern Finland. I really wasn’t expecting so see anyone in this remote location whilst lying low in the grasses taking photographs. To my amazement several cars appeared over the time that I was there. The occupants got out, promptly filled their containers with the clear water then got back into their cars and drove off !

This “watering hole”, being frequented by humans, might have made this birds a little less wary of humans. I certainly got closer to this species than I had imagined possible.

Turnstone on a wet and windy day in Norway

Monday, October 18th, 2010

This image was taken in Norway on a pretty miserable day weather wise.

In flight images were a non starter so I tried to record some static subjects and allow the weather conditions to add an extra element to the picture. I was lying on a large slab of rock that was sloping upwards slightly, towards the sky and also towards the subject. The out of focus foreground will be the edge of the stone slab running across the bottom section of the field of view. I recall being on my elbows to gain as much height as possible and on checking the screen I thought it had something different.