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.

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