Recent additions to the gallery
A collared cheetah. This was the first time I had seen telemetry used to track wild cats and this one, together with its brother were closely guarding an impala kill. Unperturbed by humans, this cat shoulder checks the horizon for competing predators. AfriCat at Okonjima, Namibia.
This image was featured in Outdoor Photography magazine in June 2018.
Over the last 25 years, the AfriCat Foundation has rescued over 1100 cheetahs, lions and leopards that have been trapped as a result of human/wildlife conflict on the farmlands in Namibia.
Amongst other conservation programmes, the AfriCat project provides an environment for previously non-releasable large carnivores to hone their hunting skills. Based on a 22,000-hectare nature reserve at Okonjima in central Namibia it allows for cheetah and leopard to become self-sustaining prior to returning them to their natural environment.
Prior to release in the wider park, cheetahs are protected at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre where they are given food and care, including the exercise necessary to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.
This image shows the morning exercise routine of one of those cheetah, chasing an electrically-powered, mechanical lure moving around a circuit at 100kmh.
An adult barn owl peers down from his temporary residence in a ventilation duct on the side of my neighbour's house. Cumbria, UK.
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 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.