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An adult barn owl peers down from his temporary residence in a ventilation duct on the side of my neighbour's house. Cumbria, UK.
This image was taken during a snowy descent of Faochag in Kintail, Scotland. It had been a dull day for the most part but it brightened and the mist cleared. My dodgy knees slowed me down enough for my companion to come into this position.
This image was a finalist in UK Mountain Photograph of the Year 2017.
A large matriarch elephant stood between me and her small herd as they made their way to the Silale Swamp. She held her ground until they had all passed. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
My daughter Kerry was travelling in New Zealand and I visited to catch up with her. We ventured to the South Island’s remote Fjiordland National Park and cruised up the mighty Milford Sound. This iconic location is hemmed in by huge mountains, imposing cliffs and thundering waterfalls. I anticipated taking some great pictures of this iconic location to be frustrated by heavy, overcast skies and persistent drizzle. I needn’t have panicked. The sun broke through and the clipper sailed into position just as the rainbow revealed itself. Within seconds, the moment was gone, but I had my picture.
This image was published in Lonely Planet Traveler magazine in 2016.
Every year, thousands of seabirds flock to the rocky cliffs of the Farne Islands for their annual breeding. Pairs of puffins dig or re-inhabit previous years burrows to look after their hungry chicks whilst their partner heads out to into the North Sea to fish for sand eels.
This puffin is returning to its burrow with a mouthful to feed their hungry chick. Northumberland, UK.
Bass Rock is an imposing rocky island rising over 100m sheer from the Firth of Forth, Scotland. It is estimated to host about 150,000 northern gannets nesting in close proximity to the cliffs.
This gannet was slowing down in flight in order to negotiate a safe landing on a cliff face nesting site.
This image was a runner-up in the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition in 2016 and appeared on the July page in 2017.
A group of king penguins walk up and down the length of Volunteer Beach in the early morning, plucking up the courage to go to sea, where they know they are likely to encounter hungry sea lions. East Falkland, Falkland Islands.
I liked the complimentary colours of this shot, hence the slightly unconventional composition. Further, unusually, the penguin's dark eye was visible against its black feathers due to its posture and the lighting of the low afternoon sun. Volunteer Beach, East Falkland, Falkland Islands.
This image is one of my favourites from this collection. With a minimum of tinkering in post-production, this surreal scene was exactly how it presented itself to me at 4.35am on 17th November 2017. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.
Frozen in motion, a swarm of the normally too-fast-for-the-eye-to-see, red-billed quelea, land at the Ozonjuitji m'Bari waterhole. How they avoid in-flight collisions is anybody's guess. Etosha National Park. Namibia.
The unmistakeable silhouette of a giraffe is caught against the dramatic skies created by a setting sun in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
The short-eared owl is one of Britain’s increasing number of red-list most endangered birds. A combination of habitat loss and extremes of weather both have an impact on their breeding patterns and food availability.
Notwithstanding , I saw this mother of three, quartering the ground, on evening in the Cumbrian north-pennines.
This shot of a curlew was captured from the roadside on a late spring evening in the upland grass meadows of the Cumbrian North Pennines, UK. It is normally shy and skittish and getting close enough to capture a photograph presents a real challenge. For a few days each year however, a window of opportunity arises, as it cautiously stands firm and alarm-calls to distract potential predators from its flightless chicks, grazing nearby in the long cotton grass.
The endangered curlew is a wading bird, normally residing along Britain’s lengthy coastline. Every summer, however, these birds migrate to the central Pennines to breed and when they are distracting potential predators from preying on their young chicks, become much bolder and easier to photograph.
This parent perches on a dry stone wall to distract my attention. Cumbria, UK.
A far-from-endangered rabbit is caught here, silhouetted against the dying glow of a cumbrian sunset in the Yorkshire Dales.
The dominant bulk of Skiddaw (931m; 3054ft) the sixth highest peak in England, lies north of the Lake District town of Keswick. This image was captured at dusk, from about 35 miles east, across the Eden Valley. UK
The distinctive sight of one of Britain’s smallest birds of prey, a kestrel. When hunting, the common kestrel characteristically hovers about 10–20m (33–66 ft) above the ground, searching for prey, either by flying into the wind or by soaring using ridge lift. Like most birds of prey, common kestrels have keen eyesight enabling them to spot small prey from a distance. Once prey is sighted, the bird makes a short, steep dive toward the target.
This bird was seen hunting in the north pennines near Kielder Forest. Northumberland, UK.
A giraffe crossing its bush territory in the deep glow of a Namibian setting sun. Etosha National Park.
A passionate encounter between male and female lions ends with a characteristic roar and snarl. According to the experts, lion couples mate at the rate of two to four times per hour, with each copulaton lasting around 20 seconds! Etosha National Park, Namibia.
This image was shortlisted for Asferico International Nature Photographer of the Year 2019.
A lioness secreted under thick undergrowth looks out intently on human passers-by. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
A young juvenile cheetah, resting and shaded from the heat of the day, alongside Twee Palms Drive, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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Huge herds of wildebeest in their tens of thousands engage on an annual migration; following the rains and lush grass across the plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania and back again.
These wildebeest graze on the dying grass of the 'Wedge.' The distant rains and lusher grass will soon drive the migration south. Lemai Wedge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
This image was shorlisted for the 2017 Asferico Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. The current population of 30,000 is decreasing due to loss of habitat, deliberate poisoning by ivory poachers and other factors.
This captive bird was photographed at Newent International Centre for Birds of Prey.
This nighttime image of an ageing cape buffalo bull captures for me, the essence of his bulk, power and strength. Seen from a hide near Umgodi water hole at Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.
This image was published in Wildlife Photographic magazine in September 2018.
A lone elephant grazes slowly across the wide and sweeping plains of the northern Serengeti, Tanzania.