My garden planting and the creation of a variety of habitats has provided me with an abundance of photographic opportunities. My wildlife pond attracts all sorts of creatures and I jot down in my diary the time of year that various things happen. It is interesting to see the seasons gently nudging a week or two earlier. One year I counted 8 pairs of frogs in my little pond which only measures 4ft by 3 feet and is less than a 1ft deep!!
I enjoyed a trip to the Cairngorms National Park, in Scotland, UK one spring. It was a dedicated photography trip and a highlight for me was getting to see the tiny Crested Tit. He visited a feeding station set up in woodland and his visits could be timed almost exactly every 40 minutes!
A strategically positioned log below a bird feeder in my garden and next to my wildlife pond becomes a perfect perch. This little Wren has a habit of darting quickly among the rockery and pond stones in search of insects and very rarely stays still for long enough to grab a decent shot.
A truly memorable trip to Finland in winter resulted in wonderful views of this majestic Great Grey Owl flying low over the snow.
While on a trip to the Cairngorm mountain range in Scotland, UK. I set off intending to photograph the elusive and well camouflaged Ptarmigan in winter plumage, instead, I startled an equally well camouflaged mountain Hare. Even though it was it's rear end disappearing over the horizon I think it was still a shot worth taking.
This beautiful Icelandic mare in foal was very trusting and came close to the roadside where we hastily pulled in to witness a small herd gallop over the snowy Icelandic landscape. She rolled and wriggled in the snow before rejoining the herd.
The day began at sunrise at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, UK famous for its geology and fossils. As the tide retreated, I was plagued by clouds of thousands of flies all over the seaweed and rocks. This handsome male Wheatear spent some time performing acrobats in mid air, feasting on this plentiful meal.
I have spent many hours at various nature reserves in Kent listening to the distinctive Boom of the Bittern and hoping to get a glimpse of one. Stodmarsh, Oare Marshes, Elmley, Dungerness and Rye are all within a short drive for from my home and have become favourite haunts.
However on this occasion I was visiting the Somerset Levels and right in front of the hide on a bitterly cold April morning, I witnessed not one... but two Bitterns rising from the reed bed and chasing each other in circles above Glastonbury Tor for several minutes. They looked and sounded almost prehistoric.
Pleased that this Orange Tip Butterfly stayed still for long enough for me to grab a shot at the Secret Garden in Sandwich, UK.
Another little bird that make such a noisy chatter but rarely seen posing in the reeds long enough to get a good view. I watched this Reed Warbler for some time flitting between the reeds with its mate nest building at a reserve near Hinckley Point, Somerset, UK.
Once again I found myself lying flat on my tummy in the Cairngorms to capture this image of a male Red Grouse performing his mating ritual. His red brows grew larger as he made his way towards the female.
Flying high over the Brecon Beakons National Park in Wales, UK, I saw this majestic Red Kite hunting.
The colony of Grey Seals has grown dramatically since 2001 when 25 pups were born on the spit of land called Blakeney Point in Norfolk, UK. Now up to 2000 seal pups are born annually making it the largest colony in England. The boat trip was well worth it to be surrounded at times by inquisitive adult seals and hear their haunting cries on the wind.
I dedicated several sunrise and sunset shoots on the chalk downs of Kent over the summer. Mornings provided sleeping dew kissed butterflies gradually warming in the sun to fly off and in the evenings it became a waiting game for them to return and settle for the night.
Sunrise shoot at my local nature reserve, Stodmarsh, Canterbury, UK. Taken from a hide a Greylag Goose lands on the lake.
I took a boat trip to the Farne Islands just off the Northumberland coast, UK. The Puffin had made several attempts to head for the burrow with a beak full of sand eels, only to be mobbed by black headed gulls. He sought his revenge!