Eagles in Poland…

March 30th, 2014

I have recently returned from a trip to Poland to photograph White Tailed Eagles.

I was expecting to see and photograph these Eagles in temperatures as low as minus 20 celsius. I was anticipating lots of falling snow which would have been challenging photographically, but very rewarding in the final image if I was able to focus the camera through the snow and onto the Eagle. I can remember sitting on the plane going through methods and ideas in my head how I would operate the camera in such temperatures with falling snow. Well let’s just say I didn’t need to worry. Poland was rapidly approaching spring when I got off the plane. The temperature was plus 3 celsius, it wasn’t snowing and the snow on the ground was melting, rapidly…

Well, despite the conditions not being the way I had imagined in my thoughts, the Eagles were still active and I thouroughly enjoyed my time in Poland. I have already started to discuss a return trip to the Eagles next winter, when hopefully the weather conditions will be back to “normal” in Poland.

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My new photography hide…

February 28th, 2014

Here is a sneak preview of the inside of my new Photography Hide.

Last October I set about constructing a hide in my garden for the purpose of photography. It started off as a little thought in the back of my mind and quite quickly developed into a full scale construction. I am fortunate to get good numbers of birds visiting my garden, probably helped by feeding them regularly for the last ten years. However, apart from the odd project I really haven’t put that much time into photographing the birds in my own back yard. Well that is about to change.

I have tried to make it warm and cosy to make photographing from the hide a pleasant experience. Therefore I have included mod cons like Electricity, Lights, Ethernet and Wi-fi. I might even fit a carpet…

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Nature’s Best – Highly Honoured Award – WILDLIFE

January 26th, 2014

I am delighted to have received this photography award in the post this weekend.

My image of a Galapagos Tortoise is a “Highly Honoured Winner” in the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography awards. I don’t do a lot of Black and White images so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my image printed in the 2013 Awards book together with a shiny certificate.


I am not certain if every image in the book appears in the Smithsonian Exhibition Hall in Washington DC. If you do happen to visit the exhibition then I would appreciate to know if a print of this tortoise hangs on their wall…


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Happy New year = New Front Cover…

January 12th, 2014

Happy New Year everyone.

The new year has stared fairly quietly in terms of photographic opportunities. The winter season in the UK has still not arrived and the majority of days this year have been wet, grey and lacking in light. Not the best conditions for image generation.

However, my optimism and energy for 2014 rapidly improved when the January edition of “Bird Watching” magazine dropped onto the door mat. The Kestrel image on the front cover was one of mine…

It is always nice to see one of my images in print but when they grace the front cover of a magazine it is a very special feeling…


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It is time to shout “Merry Christmas” …

December 22nd, 2013

It is that time of year again.


So, here is a Big ‘Little Owl’ shout out for Christmas…


Wishing you all a very festive few days and I look forward to showing you some new images in 2014.

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