Birds are my main passion when it comes to photography. I love the huge variety of species, their behaviour, colour and the difficulty they often present when trying to get an exceptional photograph.
I haven't found much that is easy about bird photography especially as you move beyond 'record' shots of fairly common birds and try to get some behavioural action images of those that are a rarer breed. As my photography has progressed I am no longer satisfied with what I would call passive images, I have to find something unusual, exciting and exceptional to capture and this trend means that the highs and lows of days out photographing birds are ever greater. However, there is no bigger thrill than when you have camera in hand and the lucky moment presents itself. Indeed, good fortune is also an attribute that is much underplayed.
My photography has taken me to Hungary, Finland, Romania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Iceland plus many wonderful sites in the UK - the Scottish Highlands, Bempton Cliffs, Morecambe Bay and many reserves around the country. I have also had numerous trips to Pikelow farm in Cheshire to study woodland birds and to Aberford in Yorkshire to catch images of the kingfishers.
I also enjoy landscape and sports photography and they have many similarities to birds in that you have to be patient, you don't know if you will get the conditions in your favour and you can come away as easily frustrated or elated depending on what happens in front of you. The Lake District and Peak District are some of my favourite landscape spots.
The gear I use is all Canon, a 1DX body, with 200-400mm, 300mm and 600mm lenses. The need for long reach is just a given in wildlife photography as is the burden on your back with the weight of the gear !
I was recently awarded an Associate Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society and I hope you enjoy viewing the selection of my best images on this website.
Contact me on e-mail at : firstname.lastname@example.org