Thursday, 15 December 2011


As usual, I havent posted here for ages. Been busy with Press photography and havent done much Wildlife stuff. I dont think i have any decent wildlife images apart from the simple Turnstone image and the Iceland Gull below so I've included some recent press stuff as well.

Turnstone, St Ives

Iceland Gull, St Ives

Iceland Gull, St Ives

Princess Anne opened a sexual assault referral centre in Truro back in December, It was a private event with only accredited media allowed, out of the 8 media with passes (including the BBC and ITV), me and a friend were the only ones to turn up, not very professional of them!

Princess Anne

A week later I was accredited to photograph Status Quo at Plymouth Pavilions, with support of Roy Wood and Kim Wilde. My first ever attempt at concert photography was quite a large one so I was quite nervous of screwing up. Luckily I didn't and got some images im really happy with, Thanks to Monty and Paul for lending me lenses!!

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt

Roy Wood

Kim Wilde

Ive also recently been accepted as a contributor to London News Pictures, Sent them my portfolio and they liked the images and now im their photographer for the Cornwall area. Hopefully ill get more sales of images!

I have also had images used in The Guardian and The Times, used back in July but only found out when payment came through at the end of November. Im surprised about the images used as i didn't like them at the time due to the crap weather conditions....
Links to the Guardian Articles are below:

Small image half-way down:

and a recent sale to The Mail Online through LNP. 2nd down

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Isles of Scilly Trip Report

Just got back from 3 days on the Isles of Scilly. Having dipped N. Waterthrush, Black and White Warbler, Baltimore Oriole and Red Eyed Vireo back in September it was good to spend a few days on the island in a more relaxed setting where we weren't rushing around trying to see stuff before the Scillonian left.
Arived at 12 on Wednesday and went for Upland Sandpiper at Borough Farm and Dusky Warbler at Lower Moors, record shot of the Upland Sand below, Dusky Warbler was to fast moving around in the trees to get any pics.

Song Thrush, Nr Newford Duckpond, 1+ Yellow-browed Warblers there

Black Redstart, dodgy angle looking down is rubbish, only photo of Black Redstart as managed to miss them when i went on a Black Redstart photo misson. Porth Hellick

Record shot of Lapland Bunting at Castella Downs, Richards Pipit over, no sign of Bluethroat or Radde's Warbler on St Agnes

Lesser Whitethroat, eastern race, probably Central Asian halimodendri race, Showing very well on Periglis Beach, St Agnes

On the boat back from St Agnes to St Marys news broke of a Red Eyed Vireo near Carn Friars Lane/Salakee Lane, all taxi's were busy so a quick run from the Quay and it was still present, record shot below....

After seeing the REV I had to quickly make it back to Higgos Pool before dark for the Northern Waterthrush, after a short wait it dropped in, record shots below taken at about 6:15, so quite dark!!

On the Scillonian on the way back with the sun setting I tried some environmental Gannet images, something a little different

So a pretty good trip, Northern Waterthrush, Red-Eyed Vireo, 'eastern' Lesser Whitethroat, Dusky Warbler, Upland Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, Yellow-browed Warblers, Richards Pipit and Treecreeper (very rare on Scilly, rarer than Red-eyed Vireo (45 records up to2009, Treecreeper was 12th record for Scilly!!)
Have video of the Northern Waterthrush feeding so will upload if I get chance.....

Monday, 17 October 2011

Kestrel at Porthgwarra

This Kestrel was hunting close by and gave a few close flybys. Also a fly over Short-eared Owl, lots of Finches, Pipits etc moving...

Saturday, 24 September 2011


Scillies has hosted a few good birds over the last week or so, Black and White Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Solitary Sandpiper, Baltimore Oriole, Red Eyed Vireo, Blue Winged Teal and more 'commony' migrants. Cue a mid week dip of everything but Bee Eater....
Even photos from the Scillonian summed it up, first time ive photo'd Dolphins and this was the best one....

Below are 2 images from earlier in the month, 1st Lesser Yellowlegs, Drift res. 2nd Greater Yellowlegs, Wadebridge

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Not posted for ages and have been considering deleting the blog as I havent had time and are loosing enthusiasm for doing it. Anyway here are a few images from the last month or so.
Aquatic Warbler tapped and ringed at Marazion Marsh, 1st ringed there for many years (Dont think anyone has decided when the last was but around late 90's early 2000's). A 2nd ringed the next day!

Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper on Hayle estuary showing extremely well in with other waders close to road nr Tempest.

Spotted Redshank at Drift reservoir. Went to see a Pec Sand and another had been found, 2 Pec's, Spotted Redshank (image a bit dark after uploading??), Arctic and Common Terns. Paul's images of the Pectoral Sandpipers HERE

Monday, 8 August 2011

Belgian yacht runs aground on Hayle Beach

Just a quick post to say the image below has been used by the BBC on their website and on BBC Spotlight regional news a min a go. The news will broadcast again at 10:30pm on BBC 1 for anyone who cares.

Sunday, 7 August 2011


Spent a few hours down at Treveal again yesterday. Few seals offshore but didnt bother photo'ing them, spent time photographing Gannets, Gulls, Fulmars and Shags.
Here are 2 from yesterday and 3 seal image from a few weeks ago. The first 2 Seals were shot slightly into the light to try to get some different type of images when the seals are doing the classic 'head out of the water'....

Wednesday, 27 July 2011


What do you do when there's no birds around....
fiddle with techniques

Monday, 25 July 2011

CWT Trip

Pics from the CWT field trip yesterday. First image, Green Veined White is slightly out of focus on the wind due to not being parallel, still happy with the image being the first time I've photo'd this species. Unfortunately no sign of any Purple Hairstreaks....
More Seals on Wednesday.

Friday, 15 July 2011


Found a good site for Seals on Wednesday and decided to go back today to get some proper images. Typical that Weds/Thurs were perfect and today was overcast/rain. Didnt take to many images due to the rain and spent most time looking for areas to photo from. Best moment was having a Seal pup in the water about 5 meters offshore. 6 Seals in small group just offshore at one point was also nice, will be back soon on a nicer day.

Photo'd Prince Charles and Camilla on Monday, 2 of my favs here and here
Princess Anne on Monday and Air Day on Wednesday, might post images here if i can be bothered.

Im assuming Grey Seals???

Nothing special but hopefully more to come, hopefully to pursue this into underwater photos...

Monday, 4 July 2011

Lake V Spot Fly

Another Spotted Flycatcher from Lake Vyrnwy, it was pretty close but unfortunately just high up in the trees flycatching hense the dodgy angle. Not much else seen apart from the normal woodland stuff, few Red Kites over and Hobby being mobbed by Peregrine. Heard a Wood Warbler but couldn't see it, let alone photo/video it.

Dont know how frequent posts will be this month, have a couple of Royal visits to photo (Prince Charles and Princess Anne) and a few other boring, non bird photo stuff so might not have many bird pics to add til the pelagic im on in mid August.

If it gets off the ground i have a plan of a project of photo'ing Basking Sharks, I want pics from eye level so I just need an underwater housing (and someone with a boat), so it'll be a while since ive just bought a MacBook Pro so have very little cash. I know some people who can help but i still need £1500+ for the housing, to donate click.....

PS: Thanks to Dave and Martin at Wildlife Photography Across The Water, according to the stats thingy ive had nearly 500 views which came front their blog just in the last month, so cheers

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Lake Vyrnwy

Took these at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy yesterday. Will be back at some point as the Redstarts, Pied and Spotted Flys were very obliging. Shot more video than pics so now need to edit them