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Brown bears of Finland

Brown bears of Finland

I arrived in Finland on the 7 July for a four day trip to photograph brown bears.    Using four different hides which were located close to the Russian/Finnish border, I was rewarded with many sightings.  I watched mother bears encouraging their cubs to climb trees to avoid danger, older male bears ...

Tadoba Andhari-March 2017

Tadoba Andhari-March 2017

I returned to this interesting tiger reserve on the 17 March where I remained for eight days.  I enjoyed some wonderful wildlife sightings and managed to see nine different tigers .  Perhaps the highlight for me was time spent in the buffer zone.  In May of last year I had seen and photographed the tigress Madhuri and her four three month old cubs.  Ten months on, I was ho ...

Pench-March 2017

Pench-March 2017

After leaving Tadoba, I moved to Pench for my remaining five days in India.  Sadly the tiger sightings at this reserve were not so numerous.  Nevertheless I managed to photograph some of the park's beautiful indigenous wildlife.  A photographic opportunity presented itself!  A young leopard, about 12 months old, was sitting on a rocky outcrop together with her sibling and mother nearby.  Above is an image of the leopard as she looked down at me from her vantage poi ...

Bandhavgarh November 2016

Bandhavgarh November 2016

Leaving Delhi on the 20 November, I arrived at Bandhavgarh for a stay of seven days. During this time I enjoyed many wildlife sightings, however, perhaps the most unusual encounter for me was with three sub-adult male tigers of the Rajbahera tigress in the Maghdi range area of the park. One of the siblings walked across the sandy track a short distance into the forest and then reappeared carrying a pickaxe in his jaw which he proceeded to carry past his brothers into the adjoining meadow. A fe ...

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

An amazing catch by a remarkable 'fishing crow'

Last Thursday while waiting to photograph Kingfishers at a large lake in West Sussex I was amazed to watch a Carrion Crow sucessfully catch a fish by diving into the water.  The crow flew very low over the lake before diving head first into the water and then emerge with a Roach in its beak!  The bird then flew to an overhanging branch at the edge of the lake where it put the fish out of its misery before devouring its prey.  I can only think that the clever crow had studied and ...

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. July 2016

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. July 2016

A second visit for me to this wonderful wildlife park where I was hoping to photograph Ospreys as they went about their daily search for fish in the clear waters of the Cairngorms.  During my visit, each day I was fortunate enough to photograph these magnificent raptors as they swooped down into the water to grab Brown trout.  A picture of a successful dive can be seen above and more in the  ...

Pench and Tadoba reserves May 2016

Pench and Tadoba reserves May 2016

I left for India on the 6 May. Arriving in Delhi, I took an internal flight to Nagpur, my final destination being Pench.  Four days spent here provided no tiger sightings. Sadly a few weeks before I arrived at the reserve a well known tigress and two of her cubs were found poisoned at a water hole. I understand that those concerned were attempting to poach deer but a beautiful tigress and her cubs were also killed.  Leaving Pench we drove to Tadoba for a stay of nine days. Each day a ...

Eagles at the plains of Hortobágy in Hungary

Eagles at the plains of Hortobágy in Hungary

I returned home recently from a trip to the Plains of Hortobágy in Hungary mainly photographing White tailed eagles.  I also had the opportunity to take some images of passerines at a 'drinking hide'.  Unfortunately the weather was inclement - each day the sky was full of cloud thus making photography difficult - high ISO levels in order to obtain a reasonable shutter speed!  The pho ...

The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

I have just returned from a visit to The Pantanal.  My principle interest was to photograph the Jaguar, this being only one of two cat species that spend much of their time in the water. Each day I was fortunate to find these magnificent animals both at rest and on occasions searching the river banks for their principle prey species, the Caiman.  I saw a female Jaguar swim across a wide river while unsuccessfully trying to persuade her female cub to follow.  Reaching the opposit ...

Ranthambhore May 2015

Ranthambhore May 2015

I arrived for my annual visit to Ranthambhore on the 10 May. This time I was concentrating my efforts on photographing tigress T19, also known as Krishna, together with her three 15 month old cubs.  I was not disappointed; on my first drive around the famous lakes area I found the tigress and cubs having fun in a muddy pool of water.  I was able to see them most days during the 2 weeks spent at the reserve which was wonderful.  Unfortunately, the sightings were tempered on the 1 ...