I have always enjoyed observing wildlife behaviour and therefore it was natural to want to record those precious moments so I took up photography. After I was bluff charged by a black bear in Yosemite I quickly learnt the lesson of giving animals space through the use of a telephoto lens.
In recent years I have taken images of Polar Bears around the Arctic Circle, Grizzly and Brown Bears in Alaska and British Columbia. In a quest for photos for the Big Five and other animals I have visited the Kruger National Park, the plains of the Masai Mara, and the compelling self-drive exploration of Namibia. Tigers in India and Jaguars in Brazil were more recent photographic trips. In 2013 I thought it was time to go to a more extreme place and joined a photography tour to South Georgia. I then became hooked on the quirky, humanoid antics of the King Penguins. This was followed by a trip to the Falklands to photograph Kings, Gentoo, Magellanics, and of course the comical Rockhoppers.
After getting a portfolio together with my favourite King Penguin images – featuring their behaviour and their life-cycle – I was fortunate to be accepted for an ARPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society.
In 2016 I booked an Antarctic trip through Ice Tracks to see the largest of Penguin species – the Emperor Penguin. This was my greatest adventure. To be reasonably close to a colony of Emperor Penguins we had to camp out on the frozen Weddell Sea.