Sand eel feast

These portrait shots were taken back in June on the island of Skomer.

It was a beautiful day to visit the island with a view to photograph the Puffins,and as usual i was not disappointed.

We always get on the first boat as at this time of year  certain areas of the island becomes a media scrum when it comes to the Puffins.The islands staff do a great job of keeping tourists away from the burrows.

I took these portrait shots as the Puffins were feeding on Sand eels,their favorite food.My camera gear consisted of a Canon 7d mk 2, 100-400mm Canon lens with a polarising filter.Eventhough you could get relatively close to the Puffins set up of my camera was quite tricky.There was no cover, so over exposure was a constant thorn in my side.

Puffin numbers are falling due to low sand eel numbers.Climate change is a big factor.When will the world wake up to this serious issue.

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The Castle Bay Pup

This Seal pup was our second discovery on our Autumn trip to the beautiful coastline of Pembrokeshire Wales.

My partner and i were on a coastal walk around St Annes Head when we came across this plump Seal pup.We never noticed it at first as it was hidden behind a series of rocks during low tide.

Mum had beached this pup,and as you will see it was well fed.I grabbed my camera from the car and shot a few images at about ten metres away being mindful of not disturbing it.

When we got back to the car we notified the Seal rescue team,just to let them know of the location and condition of this pup.

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The Musuria Elephants

These images were taken back in March 2017 in the area in the Masai Mara known as the Musuria Marsh.

We were just outside camp on our early morning game drive when we came across this small family of Elephants with a bull calf.It was amazing to see these Elephants gather round this young Bull calf as if to protect it, and led him out in front of us for a days grazing in the Mara.

Incredible iconic African mammels in which i never tire of photographing,a particular favorite of my partners who not only loves them but also a keen supporter of the David Sheldrick Trust, an incredible organisation which heads a major rehab and release programme for orphaned Elephants in Kenya.

If your ever in Nairobi please go and visit the orphanage its an emotional and rewarding experience.

Elephants are in mass decline due to the illegal ivory trade.Without worldwide support for these majestic mammels soon viewing them will be in the past.Please dont buy ivory,some poor Elephant has been hacked to death for it

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The Autumn Pup

On our Autumn trip to the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire Wales we happened to spot several seal pups. These images were taken during low tide at Mill Haven cove near to where we were staying.

My partner and i usually walk down there to sit and watch the crashing waves but on this particular day we were shocked to see this seal pup lying high up the beach during low tide.We gave the pup the once over to make sure there was no external injuries,but the pup seemed fine.My partner spotted the pups mother in the bay so we quietly retreated further up the beach and this is where i started photographing this healthy plump seal pup.

We spent the next three days every evening during low tide checking everything was ok and making sure it was not disturbed from dog walkers.

Photographing this seal pup was tricky as the weather was bad and the light poor.but never the less it was a pleasure.

We called the seal rescue team to let them know of the pups location and status.

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The Talbenny valley Badgers

These series of images i photographed over a one week period during the month of June.

With kind permission of  Upper Broadmoor farm i was given the opportunity to set up a hide ten feet away from an active Badger set.

The hardest point was whether these Badgers would, except my hide being so close,and whether i would have enough light in my camera to photograph them,i arrived at the location at six pm,scattered peanuts around the set and settled in my hide in the hope they would appear before the sun went down.

I set my Canon 7d mk2 to the highest light optimiser setting and used an ISO parameter of no more than 1250 as any higher my images would gather too much noise.

The sow first appeared at 8pm and within five minutes four younger Badgers appeared.At first the sound of my shutter sent them back down the set,but as time passed the Badgers were more interested in the peanuts than the sound of my shutter.

I spent every evening with them and watching their interaction was amazing,an incredible experience and one i will never forget.

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Battle on the Topi Plains pt 2

The story i have told on part one,but i would like to add that this incredible predator and scavenger often dubbed a villian on the African grasslands has an integral part to play along with Vultures in cleaning up the reserves of disease.Without them there would be many sick animals.

To see a clan of Hyenas on a carcass or hunting game is a sight to behold.Very powerful and social,always a pleasure to photograph.

While watching this Clan on the Topi Plains i noticed one Hyena with a snare wrapped around its neck.These type of snares are meant for Bush meat and can cause a slow and painful death.

Our guide Ntuala reported this to the Kenyan Wildlife Service.The last i heard the KWS were going to dart this Hyena and remove the snare.

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Battle on the Topi Plains pt 1

These images were taken back in February 2017 on our annual trip to the Masai Mara.

Ntuala our Masai guide led us to this Eland kill on the Topi plains where we were greeted by the whole Mdomo pride including the pride males Lipstick and Blackie.

The pride had killed the Eland bull in the night and were well fed by the time we arrived.

The lions had stripped the carcass of all the most nutritious meat and left just the stomach lining and intestines in which the brave Jackels would steal avoiding mock charges from mainly the two young males.

Looming in the background a large clan of Hyenas massed calling each other trying to intimidate the young males to the point where one Lioness and Lipstick came to the aid  and charged the Hyenas.

One hour later the Lions well fed left the carcass to the mercy of the Hyenas in which part two i photographed.

This was an amazing time to watch the dynamics of two major rivals in the animal kingdom competing for food.

A huge thank you to Ntuala our Masai guide working for Governors camp.A fantastic guide who loves the Animals and proud to be Masai.His knowledge,where to position the Land rover that was not intrusive to the animals and great for us photographers was fantastic.

I used a Canon 7d mk 2. 100-400mm Canon lens with polarising filter.

Coming soon the Hyenas in part two.

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Death on the Mara river

I photographed these harrowing images on the bank of the Mara river. Even though the whole event lasted just ten minutes the experience for me was  hard to photograph,but as my guide Ntuala said this is reality of life and death in the Mara.

To see at least twenty large Crocodiles converge on this helpless Zebra was a rare experience,so with a heavy heart i shot these images.The sun was bouncing off the river,eventhough i was using a polarising filter many images were over exposed.

This is life in the bush.

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Freemans

I took these images earlier in the year on safari in the Masai Mara,Kenya

It was back in March when i photographed this young male in an area the locals call Freemans.This area was about thirty minutes drive by land rover from Governors camp,nestled by the Olare Orak river.This area of the Mara is notorious for Leopard sightings and at this time many people were getting regular sightings of a famous Leopard in this area known as Bahatti.

As we were on a afternoon game drive we knew we did not have much time when we got there,so all we could do was hope.With no sightings and distant rumbles of thunder as the light rains were coming in we were just about to head back when we noticed this young male Leopard sat by a dry lugga,we think Bahatti,s son.

I managed to rattle off a few frames before a loud rumble of thunder spooked him,sending him back in the bush to disappear in front of our eyes.

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