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, […]

In Pictures: Spert Island, Antarctica – A Dramatic Outdoor Iceberg Gallery

Towering rock arches, canyon like surroundings, a network of waterways and grounded icebergs: this is Spert Island and a dramatic introduction to the Antarctic Peninsula. A travel expedition to Antarctica is full of milestones and memorable “first” moments: the first zodiac cruise, the first landing, the first penguin sighting, the first rough day at sea, […]

Esteros del Ibera Wetlands in Pictures: A Highlight of Argentina

(Southern Spectacled Caiman feeding) Many visitors to Argentina fail to reach Esteros del Ibera wetlands. But those that do are rewarded with tranquillity, endless photographic opportunities and close encounters with wildlife, on a land that has been transformed from hunting ground to protected area.  There are some destinations in the world I feel an instant […]

An Outdoor Theatre at West Point Island (The Falkland Islands)

In the northwest corner of the Falkland Islands, a dramatic wildlife story plays out amidst a spectacular backdrop of tussock grass and sea-facing cliffs. Welcome to the unofficial outdoor theatre of West Point Island.   West Point Island was the first landing of my travel expedition through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica last […]

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 […]

Penguin v Puffin: What is Your Favourite?

Endearing in both appearance and character, the penguin and puffin are the two birds most likely to soften even the hardest of souls. With their white bellies, black overcoats and entertaining antics, penguins and puffins ooze personality. So do you have a favourite?  Maybe these facts and photographs will help you decide:   Penguin v […]

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 […]

#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride. When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last […]

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 […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Locations

It’s that time of year again!  Newspapers reflect on the “year that was”, magazines publish their “best of” lists and TV stations screen their annual “countdown” programs.  So I’m joining in with my Top 10 Locations of the year! As individuals, we inevitably reflect on the year gone by, celebrating our achievements and lamenting our […]

Photos: Deer Rutting in Richmond Park, London

After spending most of the year in incredible locations such as Antarctica, Australia, Svalbard Arctic, South Africa and Croatia, it’s no surprise that I’ve found the return to London somewhat of a challenge. For the most part, I am happy to be back – it’s been nice to unpack my bag, I am enjoying being […]

Travel Destination Comparison: Antarctica v Arctic

One of the things I love most about travel is its ability to eliminate the background and lifestyle differences that would normally prevent people’s paths from crossing.  Travellers are united by a common interest in the location they are visiting and a general sense of adventure. I felt this stronger on my Antarctica adventure than […]

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 […]

African Wildlife in Pictures: Dinner Time

  One of the harsh realities of life in the African bush is that one creature’s demise is another’s survival.   And as a volunteer on a photography project in South Africa, visiting the reserve during the wildlife’s “meal time” provided some of the highlights of my month.  Whether it was the grazers, browsers or […]