Focusing on the beautiful wildlife found on the trails
The landscapes of the natural world are incredible but something more wonderful is the wildlife that inhabits it. Having been connected to the outdoors for a long time now, I am now really appreciating a new passion for wildlife photography. This new section focuses on the wildlife I am encountering during my national and worldwide hiking as well as wildlife closer to home in the south of England. It is still early days for my wildlife photography skills but over time I hope my improvement will achieve some very special wildlife shots in some special locations. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have done in taking them.
Famed for their cunning and stealth, My favourite mammals with their bushy tails can be seen in towns and the countryside. They come out mostly at night but can also be seen during the day if you’re lucky!
The UK's native species of Squirrel. Unfortunately they are on the decline due to their bigger grey cousin who are better adapted to the loss of habitat. Save our Red Squirrels!
A funny little fellow in his glossy black dinner jacket and crisp white bib. Its a real treat to see these birds. Watching them is immensely entertaining!
This elegant family of stealthy birds hunt around lakes and coastal regions. Their patience is fascinating. My favourite coastal birds which are now thriving in southern England.
The Highland is a Scottish breed of hardy rustic cattle. It originated in the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides . Its hard not to love their long shaggy coat and long horns!
‘Birds of prey’ are large, predatory bird species that have hooked bills, sharp talons, strong feet, and keen eyesight and hearing. Always a special sight seeing any soaring through the sky!
These beautiful nocturnal birds are adapted for silent flight for hunting. Some like the Barn Owl will sometimes hunt during daytime hours so keep your eyes peeled walking through grasslands.
Waders or shorebirds are birds are commonly found along shorelines and mudflats. They 'wade' in order to forage for food in the mud or sand.
Deer are an iconic image of our countryside. We have a wonderfully diverse wild population of deer in every part of the UK. If you see, be still and quiet and watch.
One of the most striking of all garden birds is the Black Bird! Seen bouncing around in gardens across the UK chasing insects and worms these birds are a real joy to sit and watch. They have a great voice too!
Ducks are birds that are also called “waterfowls” because they are normally found in places with water like marshes, oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes.
Woodpeckers can be heard ‘drumming’ and excavating holes in trees for nests and food. An elusive sight in the forests so if you happen to spot one its a treat!
The loud 'peep-ing' call of an Oystercatcher is a recognisable and familiar sound of the seashore. Look out for it hunting on rocky and muddy shores for shellfish to eat. And generally looking mischievous!
These birds dominate the sounds of our countryside with their sunrise chorus and daily chattering to one another. Active all year round these birds give the most joy visiting peoples gardens.
Blink and you may miss the fantastic kingfisher! Its definitely a challenging bird to photograph! It darts along the riverbank ready to perch somewhere and dive into the water to catch its meal.
Geese & Swans are graceful long-necked, heavy-bodied, big-footed birds. They glide majestically when swimming and fly with slow wingbeats and with necks outstretched.
Farm animals can be found all over our countryside. Without them the green landscapes would look so empty. From cows, sheep and horses which provides our most accessible wildlife.
The most widespread of mammals, mostly small, fast with long tails known to scurry around in the dark.
Handsome coloured Pheasant gamebirds that litter our countryside and the unmistakable extravagant plumage of Peacocks and Peafowl.
Its hard to miss Rabbits hopping through long grass during a walk in the countryside? They are a common sight but it is always a treat to see their curious faces popping up, ears stood tall. If you're lucky you might even spot the rarer cousin, the Hare!
Seabirds are birds that are adapted to life within the marine environment. All coastal areas will have an abundance of species whether its rural, cliffs or towns. Watch out for your chips!
The acrobats of the sea! Always exciting seeing the bobbing head of a seal in the water. Or glimpsing them lying on a secluded beach sleeping during the day.
These long bodied small mustelids may look cute but they are fast, lethal killing machines. If you spot any on your walks you are very lucky indeed. be quick they are fast!
Insects are the most diverse group of animals; they include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms.
There is great diversity amongst Parrots. Mainly found in tropical and subtropical regions with many species. They are more clever than you think!
Well known to swing around trees and have high intelligence. Not all Monkeys are tree dwellers however. This complex group of mammals have been around for a very long time! Don't get too close!
Commonly known as the Crow family, these birds have been associated with war and death due to their mainly carrion diet. However these birds display remarkable intelligence for their size.