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Stainforth Force salmon leap

Last year, I spent a morning at Stainforth Force on the River Ribble, hoping to get some decent shots of the salmon leaping the falls on their way to their spawning grounds.  My visit was not particularly successful since there were few fish performing and those that did, didn’t perform to…

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Once more to the ice

Having enjoyed Svalbard so much last year, we decided, this year, to take a cold cruise with Fred to Norway, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.  (For those not in the cruising community, ‘Fred’ is Fred Olsen, referred to by his first name by those faithfuls who are proud to…

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River Gwash ospreys

I had the chance to join three other guys at the River Gwash trout farm near Rutland Water, this morning, to photograph ospreys.  I’d been to Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms last year and enjoyed a few hours alone in a hide, catching a couple of birds fishing.  Another opportunity within…

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An hour in the garden

It’s another one of those hot days, I think about the third this year, and I’ve decided to spend an hour sitting at my bedroom window to see if I can shoot anything interesting in that time.  So, I ignored our resident wood pigeon, beautiful though he is, his stock…

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Norfolk in June

I was mistaken when I thought June would be balmy in Norfolk.  I soon lost my shorts in favour of something warmer and, yesterday, donned my body warmer, coat and fleecy hat.  An easterly wind blowing off the North Sea was bitter at times, despite some sunshine.  And, whether it…

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Plenty of harriers

We’ve been on a working holiday to the Charante Maritime in France and managed to squeeze in a couple of trips down to the wetlands on the D18 near St Jean D’Angle.  There are loads of raptors down there, including kestrels, buzzards and marsh harriers, and smaller birds such as…

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Check out this painting…

A couple of months ago, Miste Caulder, a fine artist from Riverside, California, asked my permission to paint one of my butterflies, the common blue which I photographed in Northumbria last year.  Well this is it, and a very fine painting it is.  Miste has used a little artistic licence…

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BBC Wildlife magazine

I’ve just received the spring BBC Wildlife magazine and discovered I’ve won the reader’s photo choice with my robin chasing off a blue tit from its food pile, my third published photo with this magazine in the past 12 months.  Needless to say, I’m delighted…

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Baja California and a visit to Davenport

I’m writing this from an economy class seat on a British Airways 747 travelling from San Francisco to London, Heathrow. I just had the worst aeroplane meal I’ve had for some time, served by a grumpy cabin crew member. As I usually commend BA, this was definitely the down-side to…

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2 Days in Florida

We had a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this month and found the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on the internet.  An Avis hire car and 40 miles or so later, we arrived at the visitor centre.  The reserve is part of the northern Everglades close…

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