Penguin Sunrise

Penguin Sunrise

A male King Penguin trumpets its safe return from the sea to a passing female whom he hopes to attract. All this against a backdrop of a spectcular deep red sunrise. at 0430 on a summer's morning. Volunteer Beach, East Falkland, Falkland Islands.

Floating on Sand

Floating on Sand

Very much alone on a remote, South Atlantic island, I resisted the temptation to seek shelter and took this photograph of a gentoo penguin returning to its rookery from the sea, appearing to gracefully float above the sand whipped up by gale force winds. The Neck, Saunders Island, Falkland Islands.

Coming Home

Coming Home

Despite the temptation to seek shelter myself, I took this photograph of a small group of gentoo penguins as they struggled against driving sand whipped up by gale force winds to return to their rookery on Saunders Island. Falkland Islands.

Torpedo

Torpedo

Peale's dolphins congregate in small pods off the coast of South America. I had spent several minutes trying to capture one riding the bow-wave of my boat and porpoising against the dramatic scenery of Westpoint Island. I got several average shots, but I was much happier with this image of a sleek dolphin, completely at home in its underwater environment, appearing to emerge from the splashes of our bow-wave like a torpedo. Falkland Islands.

Moutling

Moutling

King penguins undergoing the annual moult often outcast themselves from the main colony until they shed their old feathers and are ready to breed. A small group of such outcasts are seen here wandering into the enclosed waters of Volunteer Lagoon. I particularly liked the drama of the sky and light of the setting sun on the water. East Falkland, Falkland Islands.

Applecross Stag

Applecross Stag

I stalked this stag for some time before it positioned itself in front of this jaw-dropping backdrop and looked me straight in the eye.

King of the Road

King of the Road

I watched for nearly twenty minutes as this adult giraffe slowly emerged from below the horizon, like an apparition, silhouetted against a mountain backdrop, on a lonely perimeter road in Timbavati Private Reserves, South Africa.

Climbing Cute

Climbing Cute

A young leopard cub strays a few yards from its mother and pauses briefly in its attemps to climb a small tree. A few days later she was sadly killed by a hyena when her inexperienced mother took a kill back to their den. Sabi Sands Private Reserve, South Africa.

Morning Greetings

Morning Greetings

A pride of eighteen lions of mixed ages and looking in need of a meal, gathered closely in the early morning to greet a returning female. Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa.

Giraffe Quintet

Giraffe Quintet

A group of giraffe congregate at Umgodi waterhole contemplating an early-morning drink whilst remaining wary of threats lurking nearby. I was particularly intrigued by the slightly distorted effect created by the use of the very wide angle lens needed to capture the scene from so close. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.

Evening Stroll

Evening Stroll

A small herd of elephants, illuminated from behind by the setting sun, pick up speed and kick up a backlit dust as they approach the edge of the Okaukeujo watering hole. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Cheetah in Focus

Cheetah in Focus

A collared cheetah, the only image from Okonjima to make it to these pages. 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.

Family Gathering

Family Gathering

A family of six endangered squirrels played at the side of the footpath, climbing up and down the trees. Initially wary of my presence, three of them climbed up onto the nearby viaduct whilst this group became increasingly relaxed and all three rested together in the crook of a large tree. The shot was taken on foot at the edge of woodland at a Wildlife Trust site in Smardale, Cumbria, UK.

Purrfect Birthing Partner

Purrfect Birthing Partner

I watched this lioness sitting in the shade of a hot, sunny day alongside another restless female who was imminentlly due to give birth. A hundred yards away both were watched intently by a small herd of zebra. Tarangire NP, Tanzania.

Matriarch Elephant

Matriarch Elephant

Matriarch elephant leading her small herd to the waters of Silale Swamp, Tarangire NP.

Captive Eagle Owl

Captive Eagle Owl

Captive Eagle Owl in flight, Barn Owl Centre, Gloucester.

Rockhopper Shower

Rockhopper Shower

Returning from a hard days fishing at sea rockhopper penguins patiently wait their turn to have a freshwater shower and drink.This allows them to complete the preening process necessary to maintain the condition of their precious feathers. Although initially wary, the penguins soon grew accustomed to my presence. I lay down under the shower to get the necessary perspective for this shot. Saunders Island, Falkland Islands.

Away With You

Away With You

I watched this scene unfold for several minutes. A female king penguin was courted by two males until she finally made her decision and chose her mate. The pair then sent the loser on his way. Volunteer Beach, East Falkland, Falkland Islands.

Shoulder Check

Shoulder Check

A cheetah pauses for a moment during a dawn patrol, looking over her shoulder, straight through me and my companions. Timbavati Private reserve South Africa.

On Patrol

On Patrol

Sabi Sand game reserve is internationally renowned for the opportunity it offers for observing leopards in a completely natural environment. This female was patrolling along a beach at the outer edge of her territory, periodically stopping to scent-mark her territory as a warning to intruders. Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa.

Scent Marking

Scent Marking

Female leopards routinely mark their territories using scent glands. This individual is about to use a scent gland in her cheek to scent mark a bush on the boundary of her domain.

Never Look Back

Never Look Back

A curious young male impala turns his head in a quirky position and looks fleetingly back over his shoulder. Timbavati Private Reserve, South Africa.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

A pair of zebras create an interesting pattern as they pose together. Timbavati Private Reserve, South Africa.

Pout

Pout

Captured from the confines of a hide I love the high degree of symmetry, silken fur of the giraffe's head and the pouting top lip as she stoops to drink. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.

Well Hidden

Well Hidden

This leopard had sensibly secreted itself in dense vegetation and avoided a soaking from a heavy downpour, which is more than I can say for myself. While we paused to watch him, I paid the price for occupying a full row of rear seats to myself. When we pulled forward, the rainwater that had collected in the canvas canopy went over the rear edge, onto my head and straight down my collar. Yuk! At least my cameras stayed dry.

Spooked

Spooked

Small herds of zebra drinking quielty by the watering hole are almost invariably spooked by some, occasionally real, but usually imagined threat. I timed this backlit shot to take advantage of the young foal in the foreground and sparkling water drops kicked up in the panic. Nebrowni waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Borrenthwaite Barny

Borrenthwaite Barny

An adult barn owl peers down from his temporary residence in a ventilation duct on the side of my neighbour's house. Cumbria, UK.

The Lure

The Lure

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.

Mommy Elephant at Silale Swamp

Mommy Elephant at Silale Swamp

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 NP, Tanzania.

The Rains are Coming

The Rains are Coming

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.

Lone Elephant

Lone Elephant

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

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.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

My daughter Kerry is travelling in New Zealand In April this year I visited there 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 mighty mountains, imposing cliffs and thundering waterfalls. I anticipated taking some great pictures of this iconic location to be briefly 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.

Abel Tasman Coastline

Abel Tasman Coastline

Looking east along the coastline of Abel Tasman, New Zealand, towards the town of Nelson. The sands are exposed during the low tide of late afternoon.

Fish Supper

Fish Supper

Inner Farne, Northumberland Atlantic puffin returning to its burrow from the sea with a mouthful of sandeels to feed its hungry chick.

Barn Owl with Chicks

Barn Owl with Chicks

Captive Barn Owl brings mouse to her baby chicks, Northumberland UK.

Touch Down

Touch Down

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.

Touch Down

Touch Down

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.

Decision Time

Decision Time

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.

Decision Time

Decision Time

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.

King Penguin Profile

King Penguin Profile

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.

King Penguin Profile

King Penguin Profile

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.

British Summer Evening

British Summer Evening

This dramatic opportunity at Sandsend in North Yorkshire was created by combination of winds and high tide. It took some patience to get this image and I was soaked in the process by a wave hitting me from behind!

British Summer Evening

British Summer Evening

This dramatic opportunity at Sandsend in North Yorkshire was created by combination of winds and high tide. It took some patience to get this image and I was soaked in the process by a wave hitting me from behind!

Elephant Dawn

Elephant Dawn

My heart missed a beat as this huge, magnificent creature repeatedly came to drink within a few feet of my hide. On this occasion his towering form was lit with artificial side-lighting and the deep blue light of dawn emerging behind him. The shot was captured at 4.35am across a man-made water hole a few metres from the well-equipped Umgodi Hide at Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.

Elephant Dawn

Elephant Dawn

My heart missed a beat as this huge, magnificent creature repeatedly came to drink within a few feet of my hide. On this occasion his towering form was lit with artificial side-lighting and the deep blue light of dawn emerging behind him. The shot was captured at 4.35am across a man-made water hole a few metres from the well-equipped Umgodi Hide at Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.

Heavens Above

Heavens Above

The unmistakeable silhouette of a giraffe is caught against the dramatic skies created by a setting sun in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Heavens Above

Heavens Above

The unmistakeable silhouette of a giraffe is caught against the dramatic skies created by a setting sun in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Impressive Bull

Impressive Bull

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.

Impressive Bull

Impressive Bull

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.

Landing Room Only

Landing Room Only

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 NP. Namibia.

Landing Room Only

Landing Room Only

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 NP. Namibia.

Dropping In

Dropping In

A red kite folds its wings and stoops into a dive to ensure it reaches maximum speed when retrieving the morsel of meat cast for it at an RSPB-inspired feeding centre. Gigrin Farm, Wales.

Dropping In

Dropping In

A red kite folds its wings and stoops into a dive to ensure it reaches maximum speed when retrieving the morsel of meat cast for it at an RSPB-inspired feeding centre. Gigrin Farm, Wales.

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Curlew in Cotton

Curlew in Cotton

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.

Curlew in Cotton

Curlew in Cotton

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.

On the Wall

On the Wall

An endangered curlew poised on a dry stone wall, in the fading evening light.

On the Wall

On the Wall

An endangered curlew poised on a dry stone wall, in the fading evening light.

Kez Over kielder

Kez Over kielder

Kez Over kielder

Kez Over kielder

Walking Tall

Walking Tall

A giraffe crossing its bush territory in the embers of a Namibian setting sun.

Walking Tall

Walking Tall

A giraffe crossing its bush territory in the embers of a Namibian setting sun.

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Passion of the Moment

Passion of the Moment

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.

Passion of the Moment

Passion of the Moment

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.

Don't Blink

Don't Blink

Don't Blink

Don't Blink

Intensity

Intensity

A lioness secreted under thick undergrowth looks out intently on human passers-by. Etosha NP, Namibia.

Intensity

Intensity

A lioness secreted under thick undergrowth looks out intently on human passers-by. Etosha NP, Namibia.

Cheetah Cub

Cheetah Cub

This young juvenile seen alongside Twee Palms Drive, Etosha NP. Namibia.

Cheetah Cub

Cheetah Cub

This young juvenile seen alongside Twee Palms Drive, Etosha NP. Namibia.

Eyes on Momma

Eyes on Momma

Three juvenile cheetah dozing in the late morning heat are awakened by and invisible connection with their mother as they realise that she has supper (nearby springbok) firmly in her sights. Etosha NP, Namibia.

Eyes on Momma

Eyes on Momma

Three juvenile cheetah dozing in the late morning heat are awakened by and invisible connection with their mother as they realise that she has supper (nearby springbok) firmly in her sights. Etosha NP, Namibia.

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