Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Watching Osprey

Now is the time to see Ospreys in Yorkshire. They are on their way back from their breeding grounds in Scotland and are likely to stop near fish ponds before they begin their 3,600 mile journey back to West Africa. 

I spent a week this summer photographing them at a fishery in the Highlands. 

Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, has a designated pool stocked especially for these beautiful birds of prey. Osprey are breeding again in Scotland after being wiped out partly due to the fact that they competed with anglers. So it is a sign of the times that a fishery is now welcoming them with open arms.
The site is so popular I had to book a year in advance. To read about how I got these shots click here to link to my latest column in the Yorkshire Post.

Elephant Watch 2014

Just wanted to share some of the pictures from the safari I led to Kenya last month. These are from Samburu's Elephant Watch Camp. 
This magical place is run by the world-famous elephant conservationist Iain Douglas Hamilton and his family.
The elephants here are carefully monitored and visiting them feels like being introduced to the Douglas-Hamilton's extended family.
Elephant Watch is an eco-friendly camp and the family were so welcoming to our group that I thoroughly recommend them to anyone who is likely to visit Kenya.
I now can't wait to get going on a new painting of an elephant.
To read more about our safari click on this link to my latest column in the Ryedale Gazette & Herald.

A TV Mug

 Anyone spot the real star on BBC Countryfile last week?

As presenter John Craven sat down to interview Badger Trust vice president Jack Reedy about the latest badger cull, there was a close up shot of his cup of coffee - served in one of my badger mugs!!!
To order one of your own please visit my website by clicking here.