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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Madomo Pride, part 1

Earlier this year i had the privilege to photograph this pride in their home range on the Southern Topi plains and as far as Malima Tatu.

With two of the most impressive blacked mane males in the mara this group has grown strong with ten young lions,ages between five months and one year.Four powerful lionesses including one of my favorites Shingu.

With Blackie and Lipstick in their later years i do feel a pride takeover will not be far away.I do hope to see them in 2018 as they symbolize the African Male lion to me. I

used a Canon 7d mk2, 1-400mm is-usm Canon tele photo lens,polarising filter.

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Lipstick And Blackie , Madomo Pride males

In my opinion the most impressive black mained males in the Mara at the moment.

How long they hold their territory for we will wait and see as they are 12yr old plus,old for pride males.I hope they are still there next year as over the years i have grown to love these charismatic and powerful lions.

My images were taken with a Canon 7d mk 2, 400mm  is,usm Canon lens with standand grad filter.Various iso parameters trying to keep it below 2000,less graining.With the sun set so high during the heat of day photography can be tricky.

I hope i have done these boys justice with these images.

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The Great Grey Owl

The Great Grey Owl can be found in North America as far east as Quebec to the Pacific coast and Alaska.The species in North America has been classified endangered under the Californian endangered species act.In Europe the Great Grey can be seen in Norway,Sweden,Finland,Estonia,also Russia.

This owl feeds on small rodents such as mice and squirrels and has a wingspan up to 60 inches.The Great Grey territory are usually coniferous forests and open glades where it prefers to hunt and nest.They often nest in abandoned hawk and eagle nests or on tree stumps.Breeding pairs in North America successfully fledge 70 to 80% of their young.

I am sure you agree this is a beautiful bird which i had great pleasure in photographing.

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