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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The Talbenny Fox

During cubbing season i spent the most incredible and emotional week with my favorite species the British Red Fox.I was staying in a holiday cottage where my fiancee spent most of her holidays as a child and fell in love with this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire,Talbenny.The adjacent land belonged to a local farmer Russell and his wife Debbie. The valley they own was high in bracken with clearings the cows had grazed, with a stream running at the bottom,just the right place a fox would rear its young cubs.All i needed was permission to investigate. Russell and Debbie could not have been more obliging  and just warned me there was a small herd of cows down there.My first evening i  investigated  the area,found a den;found somewhere i could build a natural hide downwind.The next evening i thew out a few cocktail sausages near my hide in some scrub,set my camera up with an iso of 1600 on a fairly long focal length and waited.It was around 7pm when i first encountered the vixen on her own,very wary at first but still enjoyed eating the sausages i threw out.The second night i was introduced to three beautiful cubs.In the subsequent evenings i had gained their trust.By the end of the week mother and cubs were within six feet of me,and on my final night put my camera down and marveled  at these incredible,beautiful animals that grace our countryside.This for me goes down as the most uplifting,unforgettable animal interactions in my life.A huge thankyou to Russell and Debbie,without them i would never had this story to tell you. I will never forget the Talbenny fox.

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