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  • Sattal, a birders paradise

    5:40 am. Posted in Blog.

    Sattal or Sat Tal, Hindi for ‘seven lakes’, is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes set amongst dense montane forests of oak and pine in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. The area is part of the Lower Himalayan Range; formed as a result of tectonic activities between the Tibetan plain and the Indo-Gangetic […]

  • Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

    7:39 am. Posted in Blog.

    Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Northwestern Rajasthan on the fringe of the Great Indian Desert; The Thar. This small grassland habitat is surrounded by sparse scrub and dry dusty plains. Originally a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner, it was declared a sanctuary in the 1960s. Due to […]

  • Asiatic Lion roaring at his mate. Gir National Park, Gujarat.

    Gir National Park

    10:23 am. Posted in Blog.

    Gir National Park was first declared as a sanctuary in 1965 and now covers an area of 14, 012 km². The forest has impressive biodiversity and is home to 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds and 37 species of reptile. My primary focus here was the 600 odd Asiatic lions that inhabit the dry deciduous […]

  • Greater one-horned rhinoceros in some warm late afternoon sunshine, Northeastern India. Although the Rhinos spent much of their time hidden away deep in the Jungle, they often came out onto the open grassy plains to feed in the late afternoon offering some fantastic photographic opportunities.

    Kaziranga National Park

    6:37 am. Posted in Blog.

    With the hot weather returning and my time in the field becoming more and more limited, I’ve now got time to catch up on some blog posts from my trips over the Winter months. The first post is about my intense but fantastic visit to the iconic Kaziranga National park in Assam to photograph some […]

  • Stag Silhouette against a dramatic sunset. Silhouettes are often tricky to get right, but stags are by far one of the easiest with their immediately recognisable antlers! Here I underexposed by 2 stops and stopped down to f/8 to ensure the bracken along the horizon was nice and sharp.

    The Big Move

    1:14 pm. Posted in Blog.

    After keeping things very quiet until I had a confirmed leave date, I’m finally able to share some very exciting news; at the end of July I’ll be moving to India! Although I’ll be based in New Delhi, I’ll be exploring the whole country and travelling around other parts of Asia to work on some […]

  • Whilst on the hunt for new and interesting local wildlife around Lake Kerkini we discovered a thriving population of Coypu. These large semiaquatic rodents can reach a metre in length and weigh up to 9kg. Originally native to South America, they have since been introduced around the world.

    Back Button Focus

    10:05 am. Posted in Blog.

    Back Button Focus If there is one simple change you can make today to improve your wildlife photography; it’s back button focus. Since making this small adjustment, there has been a remarkable improvement in the speed and accuracy of my autofocus and my ‘keeper’ rate has improved dramatically. This simple technique offers far greater control […]

  • Badgers and bTB. How badgers are involved in the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

    Badgers and bTB

    1:29 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time with me will know how passionate I am about wildlife conservation. I often get asked about the issues surrounding badgers and bTB, as many people are unaware of the ins and outs. So I decided to write a short blog detailing some of the facts and […]

  • Puffin in flight, coming into land on Staple island. These fast flying birds are notoriously hard to capture in flight, so it took a fair few attempts to get this one with a beak full of sand eels mid flight. During the summertime around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds flock to the Farne Islands to nest. With such huge numbers crammed onto these tiny islands they are undoubtedly one of the best places in the UK to get close to sea birds.

    The Farne Islands and Northumberland Coastline

    2:02 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Over the Spring and Summer months millions of seabirds come to our shores to breed in the vast seabird colonies. One of the best places to see this incredible wildlife spectacle is the North East Coast, more specifically around the Farne Islands. I always try to make the trip at least once a year and […]

  • Dalmatian Pelican on Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece. Daily feeds by the local fisherman offered some incredible opportunities to get up close and personal with these stunning birds. Here I used my telephoto lens at f/11 to pick out the fine details and ensure everything was tack sharp. I love the simplicity of images like this, focusing on shape, colour and fine detail rather than the wider view.

    Lake Kerkini – Home of the Dalmatian Pelican

    3:33 pm. Posted in Blog.

    Earlier this year I visited Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece to photograph the healthy population of Dalmatian Pelicans found on the lake. During the 20th century the pelican population suffered a dramatic worldwide decline due to habitat loss, disturbance and poaching. Recent conservation efforts around Lake Kerkini, such as the creation of artificial nesting platforms […]

  • 2017 in Review – Photography

    7:36 pm. Posted in Blog.

    2017 has been a great year for my photography career, I’ve visited lots of new places and met some great new people. My major highlights for the year have included a front cover for the UK’s best selling photography magazine and winning awards in 3 major competitions!  As my own harshest critic I never think […]