My photographic studies of a group of hares in last winter's snow have made it to the semi-finals in the country's most prestigious wildlife photography competition: the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011. Sadly this means they won't be on display in the Natural History Museum this October, but I am pleased to have made it to the second round of judging - not bad for a first attempt!
The photographs were taken during an eight-day spell of heavy snow during which I watched 51 hares group together to mate.
It really was an incredible sight.
During blizzards the hares hunkered down into the snow to brace the wind.
This picture, which I used as a study for a painting, was also a semi-finalist.And this pheasant photograph made it to the semi-finals of the 'Animal Behaviour' category.