Wildlife and Nature

I have had a keen interest in nature and birdlife from a very young age.  I enjoy being outdoors watching wildlife whether this is in wild and remote places or equally much closer to home in Gloucestershire.

I have read many times that taking good wildlife photographs is about understanding 

behaviour and habitat - over time I have realised that this is true. A good understanding of camera craft is also vital.

I find that spending time watching wildlife is not only extremely fascinating (and sometimes awe-inspiring) but also good for the soul - it really does keep me in the moment.  I have missed many potentially great photos because I have been hooked watching the drama unfold through my own eyes rather than through a lens but I have no regrets in this respect.

My wife and I have been fortunate enough to travel to some beautiful and amazing places including the Pantanal in Brazil (the world's largest wetland), the Canadian Arctic walking with Polar Bears (literally!), the Sri Lankan nature reserves, the Costa Rican rain and cloud forests and the amazing Serengeti in Tanzania.

I would like to say that I am equally thrilled watching a Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden as I am standing 20 metres away from an enormous, male Polar Bear in the Canadian tundra, but I'm afraid I can't! 

Queen Anne's Lace in May
Queen Anne's Lace in May

Queen Anne's Lace in Ashleworth, Glos. Taken in May into the setting sun.

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Red-eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica
Red-eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica
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Lioness, Serengeti
Lioness, Serengeti
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Giant River Otter, Pantanal
Giant River Otter, Pantanal
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Arctic Hare playing
Arctic Hare playing
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Marmot, Arctic Tundra
Marmot, Arctic Tundra
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Toque Macaque, Sri Lanka
Toque Macaque, Sri Lanka
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Snake's Head Fritillary
Snake's Head Fritillary
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Poppy close up
Poppy close up
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Foxglove
Foxglove
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Autumn leaves, Westonbirt
Autumn leaves, Westonbirt
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Cretian poppy fields
Cretian poppy fields
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Autumn leaves, Westonbirt
Autumn leaves, Westonbirt
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Cheetah & cubs after kill, Serengeti
Cheetah & cubs after kill, Serengeti
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African Elephant, Serengeti
African Elephant, Serengeti
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Yacare Caiman, Pantanal
Yacare Caiman, Pantanal
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Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
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Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
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Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
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Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
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Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
Polar Bear, Arctic tundra, Canada
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White-faced Capuchin, Costa Rica
White-faced Capuchin, Costa Rica
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Water Monitor Lizard, Sri Lanka
Water Monitor Lizard, Sri Lanka
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Green Basilisk, Costa Rica
Green Basilisk, Costa Rica
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A green snake, Pantanal
A green snake, Pantanal
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Purple-faced Langur
Purple-faced Langur
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Unfurling fern
Unfurling fern
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Geranium
Geranium
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Graphosoma italicum (Striped or Minstrel Shieldbug) in Wild Carrot
Graphosoma italicum (Striped or Minstrel Shieldbug) in Wild Carrot
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Dandelion seedhead
Dandelion seedhead
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