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Osprey tall spray and evening sun. Pandion haliaetus

Ospreys midsummer evening fishing

Brown hare fast and close on parched ground. August Suffolk. Lepus europaeus

Recent photos

This gallery contains some of the photos I have taken most recently. More of these images can be found in the other galleries on this site.

Snipe on a post N Uist. Gallinago gallinago

North Uist life on the edge

North Uist in the outer Hebridies feels wild and remote, especially on the huge empty beaches with white sand and tropical blue sea. The land is marginal and can only take light touch farming. The machair, loch strewn bogs and endless coastline allow space for wildlife especially birds.

Wildebeest with skipping calf Connochaetes taurinus

Wildebeest constant migration

By March most wildebeest have had their calves, the rich grassland round Ndutu is eaten down to the ground. The wildebeest move on, constantly following the rains that make the grass grow. Early March this year they headed north towards the Naabi hill gate and the Gol Kopjes where the rain had come earlier that usual.

Young elephant splashing in water Loxodonta africana

Elephants calves and families

Elephants are often wary on first contact hiding their calves in the middle of the group. However, spending a few hours with a family especially when they are feeding or near water allows them to relax and behave less defensively. The calves and younger elephants come into the open and play

Lion covering her eyes at sunset Panthera leo

Lions close and intimate

When there is plenty of food lions spend most of their time resting and socialising in groups. When the wildebeest migration passes through their territory they are happy to take food from other predators or in this case  eat a dead elephant.

Zebra pair drinking and looking Equus quagga

Zebra Serengeti behaviour

Cheetah cub chases gazzell Acinonyx jubatus

Cheetha and cub close intimate action

Leopard cubs sits and waits alone Panthera pardus

Leopards and cubs intimate life

Seronera in the Serengeti is one of the best place to see Leopards and sometimes they reveal seldom seen young cubs

Giraffe twisting back Giraffa camelopardalis

Giraffe life up close