About

IMG_1556Welcome to my website.

I am an enthusiastic amateur wildlife photographer, constantly on the lookout for new photographic opportunities.  I have enjoyed photographing a huge range of animals from the massive blue whale to the smallest of creatures such as butterflies and dragonflies.

Except for the category ‘in captivity’, I take my subjects in their natural environment with an emphasis, where possible, on capturing animal behaviour.

I have received commendations from the Bird Photographer of the Year competition, and my images have been published in

  • RSPB Love Nature calendar,
  • BBC Wildlife magazine
  • BBC Wildlife Calendar,
  • RSPB magazine
  • Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ (young reader’s edition) adapted by Rebecca Stefoff.

My images have also been used by the artists listed to the right of this page.

On my site, you will find wildlife from my own garden and from some amazing places, including the Arctic regions and Antarctica, the USA and Canada, Central and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, South-east Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

Click on the thumbnail to see the larger image, some comment about it and a slideshow.  Click again to enlarge the picture.

If you would like to buy any image, see a greater selection of any one species or if you are interested in something which is not exhibited, please feel free to contact me at raybrownuk@yahoo.co.uk.  I may have what you are looking for.  The images on the site have been reduced in size but I have the originals.

The copyright to all of these images is mine.  I donate all income from my photography to a relatively new charity based in Leeds called Zarach – http://zarach.org, whose strapline is ‘ We deliver beds to children that live in poverty’.  You can check out Zarach via the link to the right of this page.

I live in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and conduct photographic presentations to a wide variety of groups, both private and public, in return for a charitable donation.  My current subjects are:

  • Florida – wildlife Heaven – one of the best places in the world to get up close and personal to wildlife, visiting Sanibel Island’s beaches and reserves, Sarasota’s Celery Fields and the Myakka River State Park.  See America’s giant alligators in action, the magnificent osprey and bald eagle, the beautiful painted bunting and much more.
  • Desert and Delta (Namibia and Botswana) – wild dogs, leopards, huge birds of prey, butterflies and the beetles of Namibia’s desert with an amazing technique for collecting drinking water.
  • Pole Dancing a hop and a skip from Norway to Svalbard to Greenland  – Aurora borealis, icebergs, polar bears, arctic foxes, whales and walruses, as well as a host of other wildlife from the top of the world.
  • Canada and Alaska -grizzly and black bears, seals and sea-lions, bald eagles – and the calving Hubbard glacier!
  • Cortez to California – from the biggest animal that ever lived, the massive blue whale, grey (friendly) whales, flying mobula rays and breaching humpbacks of the Sea of Cortez and Baja’s peninsula, to the tiny hummingbirds of California.  An amazing mix of intriguing wildlife.
  • A Sri Lanka sojourn – a trip through some of Sri Lanka’s best national parks and countryside in search of the incredible birds and animals of this part of the Indian sub-continent.
  • Yorkshire Mixture – a selection of images from the sea-birds of Bempton Cliffs to the squirrels of Snaizeholme, and, of course, the birds and animals from my own back garden.  A lesson in why you don’t, necessarily, have to travel overseas to get some great wildlife.
  • Taking Nature – a selection of some of my favourite images of animals, birds, reptiles and insects – hummingbirds, kingfishers, owls and ospreys, portraits and action – and there’s a story with each one.
  • Penguins and Pinnipeds, an expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands with its penguins, albatrosses and a little of Shackleton’s amazing story, ‘SOUTH’.
  • Land of the Tiger, an introduction to the wildlife of four of Central India’s best reserves including, of course, the Royal Bengal tigers.

My remaining speaking engagements for 2021/22 are shown below:

13 December 2021, Huddersfield Embroiderers and Textile Arts group – ‘Yorkshire Mixture’

14 January 2022, Aspire, Birkby Croft – ‘Yorkshire Mixture’

24 January 2022, Aspire, Almondbury – ‘Yorkshire Mixture’

24 February 2022, Wakefield RSPB – ‘Florida – Wildlife Heaven’

1 March 2022, Flockton WI – ‘Yorkshire Mixture’

3 March 2022, Aspire, Berry Brow – ‘Florida – Wildlife Heaven’

5 May 2022, Kirkburton Probus club – ‘Pole dancing’

31 October 2022 Craven luncheon group, Keighley – ‘Yorkshire Mixture’

2 November 2022, Shepley bird and wildlife – tba

Feel free to email me if you would like further information about the talks, venues, availability or organisations listed above.  And have a look at my blog for a few random thoughts about the natural world.

I hope you enjoy your visit,

Ray Brown

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