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Wild Bear Workshops

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I’ve only been back from the Galapagos a few days (post about that to come!) and I’m off again next week, this time to Slovakia to lead a wild bear workshop in the Tatra mountains. We have been working on this area for some time and now have 3 brand new hides built. We have also been putting out camera traps and have captured not only bears, but wolves and lynx! Due to cancellations there are now places left on the first workshop next week (15th-18th May). If you’re interested in this amazing opportunity please visit tatraphotographyworkshop.com or drop me an email for further details.

 

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Wild Bear Workshops

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

I’ve been working recently with Tatra Photography to develop an area of the Carpathian mountains for wild bear photography. This section of the High Tatras forms the highest part of the Carpathians where the peaks exceed 2,600 meters. This unspoilt wilderness is teaming with wildlife. We have been monioring the area with camera traps over a 12 month period and during this time we have accumulated a massive amount of images. The target species is of course brown bears, of which we have recorded many different individuals including adult males, females and cubs! Other species have shown up regularly too, including deer, fox, badgers, wild boar and golden eagles. We are also very excited to have captured two of the most important and elusive european predators, wolf and lynx! Wolves have been frequenting the area in good numbers, one of Europe’s most iconic predators!

The hides have now been built and the area is being baited for the first group of clients who arrive next month. I will be tutoring on these courses and we have several places left. To take advantage of this amazing opportunity please visit Tatra Photography at: http://tatraphotographyworkshop.com/portfolio-items/wild-brown-bears-slovakia/

Here are some images captured by the camera traps as well as shots of one of the brand new hides.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

I am very pleased to announce that I have five highly commended images in this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards. Four are in the Animal behaviour category and one in the Wild woods category. Congratulations to all the other winners.

Great crested grebes displaying

Black-headed gull in motion

Cormorant with perch

Black-headed gull landing on water

Wistman’s wood

Land of Fire and Ice

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Well I think it’s about time for a blog update! I’ve just been on a great trip to Iceland to photograph Orcas and the Aurora Borealis. I went with Matt from Tatra Photography to do a recce as we’ll be doing workshops each year for Orcas and birds starting from 2014 – details coming soon! Our main priority for this trip was to see what opportunities there were for Orca photogaphy, but also to check out locations up and down the West coast of Iceland for birds.

To photograph the Orcas we headed out on a boat around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Grundarfjordur bay. At this time of year the Orcas head to this point to feed on herring and we had some spectacular close encounters. At times the whales were approaching within meters of the boat. To take full advantage of the awesome landscape and increasingly beautiful light I shot mostly with a 17-40mm lens to capture the killer whales in their environment.

Of course we were also hoping for good Northern Light displays and we weren’t disappointed. Too much cloud scuppered our chances on the first 3 nights, but then finally the forecast was for clearer skies and strong Aurora activity. We headed out at about 10:30pm to a large fjord that was surrounded by snow capped mountains. As soon as we pulled up the sky started to light up, and sure enough we were treated to one of the most intense Aurora displays since September last year. The whole sky was dancing with flickering green waves, and at one point the light was so intense it was reflected in the entire fjord. We visited 4 or 5 locations during the display until it started to fade at around 3am. It was an amazing experience to witness such strong Northern Lights and it’s something I will never forget. Iceland really is a photographer’s paradise – I can’t wait to go back.

Here are some of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curbar Edge

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Ever since my climbing days, Curbar Edge has been one of my favourite places in the Peak. Here are a few images taken yesterday morning. It was very cold on the top but these frosty, clear mornings are my favourite conditions for landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

Birds of prey – Czech Republic

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

I’ve just got back from tutoring on two birds of prey workshops in the Czech Republic for Tatra Photography. Conditions were very challenging. On the second morning the sun made a brief appearance and at one point we even had a splattering of snow, but apart from that light levels were low. Despite this everyone came away with some great shots. Here are some of my favourites, all of which were taken with the new Canon EOS 1DX.

A special thanks to Helena Kuchynkova for providing these amazing birds.

Golden eagle in flight in snowfall

Long-eared owl

Steppe eagle in flight over misty forest

Barn owl in flight

Goshawk feeding on a jay

Eurasian eagle owl in flight

Long-eared owl

Steppe eagle in flight

Eurasian eagle owl in flight

Buzzard in flight

Golden eagle in flight over lake

Bird of Prey Workshop – Czech Republic

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I’m running a Bird of Prey workshop for Tatra Photography in the Czech Republic next month. Two groups will be joining us for some fantastic opportunities. A wide range of raptors will be available including golden eagle, sea eagle, peregrine falcon and a variety of owls, both in-flight and posed in stunning, natural settings.

There are a couple of spaces left on the first workshop which runs from 6th – 8th November, if you are interested in booking a place, please visit www.tatraphotographyworkshop.com 

 

 

Water vole images in BBC Wildlife magazine

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I’m very pleased to have another double page spread in the current issue of the prestigious BBC Wildlife magazine, along with a full page image of a watervole and its young.

Here’s a link to the BBC Wildlife website: http://www.discoverwildlife.com/ Current issue: http://www.discoverwildlife.com/issue/november-2012

 

 

The Algarve (Sagres Birdwatching Festival)

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

I’ve just retuned from spending 6 days in The Algarve. I was invited on a press trip to the Sagres Birdwatching festival on behalf of Wild Travel magazine to do a feature for them about the bird photography opportunities in Portugal.

The trip was timed to coincide with the Autumn migration so there was plenty to see and photograph. Over 20 different species of raptor fly over Sagres each year during their migration South, including eagles, falcons, kites, vultures, harriers and sparrowhawks. Sagres is also a great place to photograph seabirds. The pelagic boat trip was in fact one of the highlights of the trip for me, giving opportunities to photograph one of the most endangered seabirds in the world, the balearic shearwater.

Another of my favourite places was Logoa dos Salgados. This small lagoon offers great opportunities for photographing waders, flamingos, marsh harriers and a variety of passerines.

The Ria Formosa is another fantastic area. It is a huge wetland with a string of sandy barrier islands to protect it from the sea. It stretches for almost 60 km and harbours an amazing diversity of bird life due to the variety of habitats including reefs, saltmarshes, sandbanks, salt pans, fresh and brakish water lagoons, reedbeds, farmland and woodland. More than 300 bird species have been recorded here including several that are internationally endangered.

As enjoyable as it was, being part of a group made photography difficult and I didn’t come away with a huge number of images as I may have done if I was on my own, but I’m very happy with the shots I managed to get. I had my doubts about the sharpness of the shearwater images – photographing birds in flight from a small boat in a large swell is difficult to say the least! But I’m delighted to get several that are pin sharp. All in all it was a great trip. The locations, accommodation, food and company were all excellent and I’m already planning a return trip in Spring.

Special thanks go to Ana Vargues for organising such a great trip and of course the Portuguese guides who worked with us.

Here are some favourites…

Flamingos in flight at last light

Black-winged stilt

Fan-tailed warbler in evening light

Cory’s shearwater in flight against stormy sky

Cory’s shearwater in flight

 Cory’s shearwater in flight

 Sanderling stretching

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Spoonbills in flight at dusk

Dunlin in flight

Willow warbler silhouetted at dusk

Bar-tailed godwits in flight

Black-winged stilts in flight

Female red-veined darter backlit

Female stonechat

Female pied flycatcher in evening light

Ringed plover

Willow warbler backlit

Red Deer Workshop

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

My red deer workshop is fully booked this year but as I’m still getting enquires I’ve decided to do a second one on either Friday October 19th or Thursday 25th. This will be taking place in Cheshire and as usual will be a full day of tuition in the field with lots of opportunities for action shots of the rut. If anyone is interested, please drop me an email. Many thanks!