Red Deer Rut in the New Forest
This year, with travel options limited, I was asked once again by Wildife Worldwide to lead dedicated deer photography workshops in the heart of the New Forest. With permission from Forestry England, I led a number of workshops alongside Ben Sutcliffe.
We had some crazy weather, but some great deer encounters with the red deer during the rut. Unlike the deer parks of London, these deer are completely wild and it takes patience to slowly make an approach. The key thing is to ensure that you don't sneak up on them and that they know where you are, while also being aware of the wind direction.
Anyway, here are just a few shots from my time in the forest.
After some incredible misty action, we were treated to incredible evening action too. It is fabulous to witness this behaviour and enjoy the most remarkable lighting - combine that with a mist and you can't really get it any better.
It was an absolute honour to lead a number of workshops and I was delighted for the clients who got some brilliant images.
We hope to run some more workshops in 2022, but it will depend on my availability. Please get in touch if you want to find out more.
A Slovenian Escape
Well what can I say about the past 18 months - quite simply it has been pretty tough. I have been unable to lead any overseas trips since the start of the pandemic and only led a limited number of UK-based workshops. However, back in September, I headed off to the stunning hills and forests of Slovenia - one of my favourite corners of Europe.
The Dinaric Alps are a wildlife photographer's paradise, home to over 800 European brown bears and a myriad of other species. I spent 7-days in the wonderful hides which I use when leading my tours to Slovenia, building up a great little portfolio of images. In the time I was there, I photographed over 10 different bears, including a number of mothers and their cubs.
I can't wait to get back out in the field and leading tours once more. over the next 12 months.
As you can see from these images, the surroundings for my sightings were exceptional and I was blessed with exceptional weather.
You can join me in Slovenia next year for the opportunity to photograph the Dinaric Alps' population of brown bear.
I am sorry I have been so quiet this year. As I am sure you can understand, the past 18 months has been incredibly tough and there has been a lot of change. I took an extended break away from social media and updating my blog.
However I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have WON the Birds category in the prestigious MONTPHOTO photography competition. My image 'A Beakful' focuses on a puffin in the verdant vegetation of Skomer Island with a beak crammed with fish. This is a massive honour and something I am incredibly proud of - the competition was exceptional, with some huge names among the winners.
The excellent Will Burrard-Lucas won the Mammals and Overall prizes, while I must make a special mention of good friend Kevin Morgans who has had an incredible year in numerous competitions. He had an image and a portfolio entry feature as a Highly Commended.
I must pass on my congratulations to all the other winners including Jaime Culebras, Marc Graf and Imre Potyo.