Early morning walks in the New Forest and surrounding farms never fail to deliver. The wildlife is everywhere around you, watching your every move, even when you can’t see them.
At this time of year the activity on the local lakes is at its most photogenic. Taken in May 2021 at the lakes in Berkshire, UK on a rare sunny morning.
Having been inspired by a video of somebody building a hide at the end of their garden I set out to create a lazy version of my own. The chair on the patio, a log from the woods, a few handful of bird food and a camouflage cover for my lens. Then for the difficult part – sit and wait. Over the last two weeks loads of birds have visited whilst I was looking through the window but once I go outside with the camera I am limited to this chap who never fails to pop by and say hi.
Somedays you can wait in the hide for hours for something good to come along and then you realise that the bird feeder behind you is a hive of activity!
Deers at play around the lakes in the middle of Richmond Park, London.
An early morning photoshoot around Windsor Great Park’s deer enclosure.
The blue tits have been very active this spring and yesterday they brought their new chicks down from the nest and feed them in the tree next to the patio. I’m not sure wether all this wildlife was as active pre lockdown or wether we are now taking the time to stop and enjoy watching it. Either way, it is a joy to watch.
As Travel Photographers and Wildlife Photographers we face a dilemma. We want to record what we see and offer the best representation to our followers but we also want to produce the biggest impact with our work.
The leopard in the tree with the washed out sky in the background is the true representation of what I saw. I sat in a boat on the Chobe river for hours waiting for the sunset to change the sky or the leopard to move and offer a better back drop, but no, she was happy sitting against the African bleached out skyline whilst her cub (in the bottom photo) played along the river bank.
The top photo, with the replacement sky has been one of my most successful photos in competition, it is a true representation of the leopard – but not the African skyline along the Chobe river.
Which is best, what is right, how much editing should we do? What are your thoughts – all criticism welcome!
Somedays you can sit and wait all day for the Kingfishers to come to your hide but luckily nature brings its own entertainment to keep you busy. In this case it was dragon flies galore.
All taken with a Canon 6DII & 100mm to 400mm with a 2x adaptor at 800mm
The wildlife around the local lakes out enjoying the UK summer.
Early morning wildlife shoot at the lake side hide.
Big cats from the ‘Big Cat Sanctuary’ given the monochrome treatment.
Sights around Zimbabwe, taken 2017
All seen in Zimbabwe’s reserves or along the Zambezi river which boarders Zimbabwe – taken 2017
You may think that the spectacular wildlife that you’ll see on an African safari is going to be land based, but don’t underestimate the beauty of the feathered wildlife along the banks of the river.