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Puffins on Skomer Island in Wales

Puffins on Skomer Island in Wales

Last week I travelled to Pembrokeshire, Wales, for two days of photography on Skomer with its amazing Puffin colony.  I was informed that there are about 18,000 pairs of these characterful birds on the island plus around 300,000 Manx Shearwaters.  The Shearwaters arrive when it is dark in an effort to avoid predation by the voracious gulls who also inhabit the island. The Puffins are very active at this time of the year attempting to bring in sand-eels from the sea to feed their chic ...

Hungary-The Plains of Hortobágy

Hungary-The Plains of Hortobágy

This week I enjoyed a five day trip to eastern Hungary to photograph some of the bird species found in the region. From a hide, one of the most interesting birds that I recorded was the Red-footed Falcon.  It was a pleasure to view the birds as they visited the nesting site with mice and grasshoppers to feed their young.  The slate grey male falcon returned with prey to pass to the female; she in turn appeared to be 'stripping' off either the coat of a mouse or wings from a g ...

Return to Ranthambhore

Return to Ranthambhore

During May/June of 2014 I returned to Ranthambhore. Whenever I enter the park, I always hope to see 'Machali' arguably the most well known tiger in India. I was not to be disappointed - on the third day she appeared in Kachida Valley from her forest cover to visit a water hole.  Now, at almost seventeen years old, I thought she looked remarkably well even though she has lost her four canine teeth! After qu ...

Ranthambhore today

Ranthambhore today

On a visit to the park this morning I patiently waited until in the distance and through the forest cover I could see this tigress moving in my direction to a water hole on the opposite side of the track. She is known as Noor or T.39 and is a most beautiful tigress with two small cubs in her care.  ...

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Yesterday at Ranthambhore I took this photgraph of tigress T.39 also known as Noor while she was taking a resbite from the heat of the day by cooling herself at a water hole during a break from her cubs that were nearby.  More updates from my time in the park to follow.   ...

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

Once again this year I have returned to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve as I was aware that cubs had recently been born to two tigress' in the main tourist zones.  Too date I have not seen the cubs but I have enjoyed excellent sighting of some of the other tigers in the park. The photograph in this blog is of a young male tiger on the point of dispersal and born to the late tigressT.17 who was also known as Sundari. More reports from Ranthambhore to follow. ...

The Sunderbans and Kaziranga February/March 2014

The Sunderbans and Kaziranga February/March 2014

My journey to the tiger reserves in the Sunderbans and Kaziranga began when I arrived in Delhi on 16 February and then departed for Bharatpur to visit the bird sanctuary of Keoladeo National Park.  Having spent 2 days photographing the magnificent variety of birdlife there, my onward journey took me to Kolkata where I explored the city. The Sunderbans was my next destination for five days.  Meandering along the numerous waterways of the area, I photographed birdlife and mammals livin ...

Iceland in December 2013

Iceland in December 2013

I returned from a short trip to Iceland in December, where I had been hoping to photograph the Aurora Borealis.  This did not come to fruition and It was disappointing for me at my particular site but apparently others in the north of the island were successful.  I was, however,  able to photograph the dramatic Icelandic scenery.   A small selection of photographs from the trip can be seen by following this
My wonderful 7 day visit in October 2013 to The Pantanal and 3 days at Iguassu Falls

My wonderful 7 day visit in October 2013 to The Pantanal and 3 days at Iguassu Falls

My seven day visit to The Pantanal and a subsequent three days at the Iguassu Falls was amazing. At The Pantanal I was lucky to see the rare and endangerd Jaguar each day and on one day my small group saw three different Jaguars. During our visit our small boat stopped along the river at the headquarters of Panthera where we met two senior members of staff who gave us an insight into the important conservation work that they are carrying out in helping to save the Jaguar from this region of Br ...

Svalbard, The Arctic - August 2013

Svalbard, The Arctic - August 2013

It was my third visit to this area, Svalbard; a stepping stone enabling me to spend time with wildlife varying from polars bears, walrus, reindeer, Arctic foxes and whales to many different bird species.  The scenery was magnificent with my ship passing huge glaciers and rugged, snowy mountains. The main purpose of the trip was to photograph polar bears again and I was not disappointed.  A selection of my images can be seen by following the LINK to the Pict ...