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 […]

Arctic Travel & Photography: All About the Walrus

(Canon 5D Mark II, 1/1000 at f/5.6, ISO 640, 400mm) After a cold and dark winter, the sun has begun to rise again in the northernmost regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  As the Arctic summer approaches and travellers and photographers prepare to explore the region for the first time or to return to a part […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Wildlife Photographs

Top 10 Wildlife Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at […]

20 Wildlife Encounters from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I was recently enjoying a drink with some friends in London, recounting tales of recent and upcoming travel adventures when one of them asked me a question: “Do you ever go on normal holidays anymore”?  My instinct was to answer “yes, of course” but then I tried to remember the last trip I enjoyed that […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Final Week)

“It’s not always unicorns and rainbows” – Mattias Karlsson (Volunteer) I learned a long time ago not to expect sympathy from friends back home when I complain about things whilst travelling. And deservedly so! But as one of the other volunteers so eloquently phrased “it’s not always unicorns and rainbows”. I began my last week […]

Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project: Photos (South Africa)

One of the things I love most about travel is the people you meet along the way: the people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life, enjoying a variety of different lifestyles. As my experience as an African Impact volunteer nears its end, I am reminded that travel ignores the differences that […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Week 3)

As the first notes of Toto’s iconic but cheesy song “Africa” reaches my ears I smile to myself.  My iPod is set to shuffle but I suspect it is also feeling the uplifting and energising effect of being on one of the world’s most thought-provoking continents  My third week as a volunteer with African Impact […]

Top 10 Moments – Wildlife Photography Volunteer (Week 2)

  I zip up my jacket as a light breeze announces the presence of a South African winter evening.  I turn on my torch and scan my surroundings, searching for a pair of fluorescent eyes that suggests I have company – I see nothing. I am alone but not lonely. I take a sip of […]

Photography Volunteering (South Africa): The Hyena Encounter

As I sat back in the safari jeep that was taking me from a sunset shoot back to camp, I found myself reflecting on a recent post I published about the fine line between feeling free and lost. Today I felt free. I was surrounded by a South African landscape that stretched beyond the limitations […]

Photography Volunteering on a South African Game Reserve: First Impressions

“Where are you from?” “What project are you working on?” “How long are you here for?” The group sitting at the table outside Durban Airport gradually increases as volunteers arrive from various locations around the world.  Introductions are typically followed by the same three questions in a scene that resembles “first day at school”.  As […]

Exploring the Arctic: 7 Wildlife Encounters

  Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region […]

Exploring South Australia: Top 10 Wildlife Photographs

  (Red Kangaroo shows off his agility in the Flinders Ranges) I was not born a natural animal lover.  In fact, as a child I had a severe fear of dogs – severe!  Even If I saw one on a leash in the distance, I would break out into a sweat, shake with fear and […]

Through the Lens: Kangaroo Island Wildlife

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Spotting – Opportunities & Locations Kangaroo Island is a location I had inexcusably neglected during the decade I lived in Adelaide.  But a recent and temporary return, with a newfound photography passion, has motivated me to explore the place I once called home…through new eyes.  I recently returned from five days in […]

Antarctica – South Georgia – Falkland Islands: “A Photographic Summary”

A travel experience in Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keeps it well and truly off the beaten track.  I recently enjoyed a three week expedition cruise with Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond, exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic […]

Travels to Antarctica-South Georgia-Falkland Islands: “A Recap of the Falkland Islands “

I was fortunate to recently experience one of the most incredible travel experiences of my life on a three week expedition cruise of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  It’s difficult to do the continent justice with words and photographs but I’ve attempted to capture my experience in my “recap” series.   Day 1: […]

Photo Story: 10 Magical Moments in Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands

“What was the highlight of your trip to Antarctica” is a common question asked by friends on the trip, at home and I’ve even asked it myself. And it’s impossible to answer.  My three-week adventure in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica was a collection of highlights, experienced in what felt like a magical […]