Archive for December, 2010

Ruff on dirty snow

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Sticking with the wintery theme, here is an image of a Ruff taken at my local Wildfowl and Wetland Trust this week.

The birds are regularly fed at this location, so the snow was well trodden and unfortunately discoloured. As many people know I am no mastermind in bird ID and it is hardly surprising with species like Ruff. The last time I photographed this species was in Norway earlier this year. If you follow the link to that photograph you can see why I didn’t instantly recognise it as the same species. LINK to summer plumage Ruff

Fieldfare on frozen snow

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I have spent the last two days out in search of wildlife and winter scenery. Locally we have experienced a lot of snow fall and record breaking low temperatures. This has caused the wildlife to perhaps take some risks in search of their food. Species that I have previously not been able to close enough to photograph were lets say, more accommodating of my presence.

Once again a Very Merry Christmas to everyone and enjoy your holiday time.

The Mara Six, Cheetahs in a row..

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Here is an image of the much talked about “Mara Six”. The six Cheetah cubs that are growing up in the Masai Mara region of Kenya this year.

For a mother Cheetah to successfully rear one cub is an achievement, to raise two is a bonus. To find six was a truly wonderful experience that I will never forget and may never witness again in the future.

The cubs shown here were waiting for their mum to call them down as she was “preparing breakfast”, a small gazelle. The cubs were calling to mum, awaiting her signal that it was safe for them to join her.

BBC TV feature – Austin Thomas

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I was contacted by the BBC earlier this year and asked if I would be interested to do some video work when I next visited Kenya. The video was intended to complement some of my photographic images from Kenya.

I didn’t have to think too long before accepting but I did have to start reading some manuals and online forums as I had no prior experience of video work.

The local BBC team and their news and weather presenter Dianne Oxberry visited my home and started to gather some material. I was suitably briefed and tasked to record some stills and videos from this years trip to the Masai Mara.

The resulting video can be found HERE

My BBC TV feature – 3 minutes of video….

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Here is the three minute video as shown on BBC regional television programme recently.
I was asked by the BBC to do some video work whilst in Kenya this year and this was the final result.