The Story of the Lemur: Madagascar’s Wildlife Star

(Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar) “At first I think it’s the wind, merging into song with the trees of the rainforest. Then I hear it again: a sound in the distance, travelling invisibly through the forest towards me, an eerie yet beautiful wail. I look around me, hoping to spot the source of the […]

10 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

The opportunity to see wildlife in its natural environment has become a key feature of my travel adventures in recent years. Not only has it taken me to some of the most beautiful locations in the world, it has provided me with some spectacular photographic opportunities. Along the way I’ve learned that whilst ultimately rewarding, […]

In Pictures: The Baby Animals of Kenya’s Masai Mara & Samburu

Kenya provides some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world, in an unpredictable environment where each creature fights to survive against the elements and each other on a daily basis.  Game drives in locations like the Masai Mara and Samburu, where I spent time last year, often yield exhilarating results as birds and […]

20 Memorable Wildlife Sightings – World Wildlife Day #WWD2016

  A collection of my most memorable wildlife sightings to celebrate the beauty of the natural world for #WWD2016 The United Nations’ World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 2016 creates the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme of #WWD2016 is “the future is in our hands” […]

Top 20 Wildlife Photos of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, I find myself joining many others this week in reflecting on the ‘year that was’. Yesterday I shared the destinations I enjoyed this year, from breath-taking Antarctica to spectacular Africa. And as the highlight of most of these locations was the wildlife living there in its natural environment, today […]

Breaching Humpback Whales at Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

The rain that has been falling consistently all morning begins to lighten as a patch of blue sky tries to break through the clouds. A local fisherman wades through waist high water, whilst two others try their luck from a wooden boat further out to sea. A woman carrying a basket of local crafts returns […]

Wildlife in Pictures: Masai Mara, Kenya

I’ve just returned from a week in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife locations. My main goal was to photograph a Mara River crossing, reputed to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, as thousands of wildebeest make the perilous journey across crocodile infested waters in a stampede towards […]

Wildlife Travel: Brown Bear Watching in Finland

“Welcome to your bear watching hide.  Please step in and make yourself comfortable.  And do not, under any circumstances, open the door until I return to let you out at 7am.” “How will I know it’s you and not a bear?” I ask with a nervous giggle. “Bears don’t knock” he replies dryly as he closes the […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]

Travels to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Recap

There are many places in the world I’ve visited, enjoyed and left with a vow to return again one day. But it’s often a hollow promise, overshadowed by the desire to explore other locations and the fear that a return trip may distort and diminish the memories of the original experience. But Antarctica was different. […]

Wildlife Travel in Pictures: Whales and Dolphins in the Azores

The Azores is one of the top 10 best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin encounters, being a temporary or permanent home to more than a third of the world’s species. The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean.  Europe lies to the west (about 1,500km from […]

A Photography Day at the British Wildlife Centre

A photography day at the British Wildlife Centre is a great opportunity to enjoy some photography whilst learning more about the native wildlife of the UK.   My growing interest in wildlife photography has taken me to some incredible locations in the world. But it’s also opened my eyes to the photography and wildlife viewing […]

Looking Ahead: Whale Watching in the Azores

(Humpback Whale, Antarctica) The Azores is reputed to be one of the best – and little known – locations for whale and dolphin watching. And I’m heading there next week to find out if it’s true. Until recently, my whale watching experience was sporadic and underwhelming. I’d looked out to sea on the Fleurieu Peninsula […]

The Farne Islands Wildlife Experience: Exploring Northumberland, UK

The coast, castles and countryside of Northumberland attract visitors all year round.  But it’s the feathered guests who return each spring that create one of the highlights of the region. The opportunity to see a range of migratory sea birds in their breeding colonies on the Farne Islands is why bird watchers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts […]

Farne Islands Sunset Boat Tour – Exploring Northumberland, UK

The Farne Islands is one of the UK’s greatest wildlife destinations, boasting a 70,000 rich puffin breeding colony, more than twenty species of bird and the largest grey seal colony on the east coast of Britain. A sunset boat tour is not an activity you would normally associate with the unpredictable and changeable weather of […]

10 Interesting Facts About Puffins – Exploring Northumberland, UK

The puffin, colourful in both appearance and character, is a popular bird with photographers, bird watchers and tourists. And the Northern Hemisphere summer creates a number of opportunities for a closer look as they make their annual return to land for the breeding season. Although more than half of the world’s puffin population breed near […]

Otter Antics at WWT London Wetland Centre

“One of the things I love most about living in London is the ability to escape it without having to leave it.”   The May long weekend, lovely Spring weather and the feeling of restlessness I always feel in between travel adventures, recently motivated me to do exactly that – escape from London without leaving […]