› Wed, 15 Aug 2018
› Sat, 28 Jul 2018
It’s taken a while but I finally have a job doing what I want, a videographer for BikeRadar.com! Cheers to that! I was also 2nd camera last week shooting freelance for English Heritage, could be the beginnings of a decent step on the career path!
› Thu, 12 Jul 2018
Lovely palette and textures of a tidal area during the current heatwave.
› Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Soon to be home…
› Tue, 12 Jun 2018
One of my favourite things about cities is architecture combined with the natural environment
› Wed, 07 Mar 2018
Almost a year away travelling and now I’m back in the UK. Still got the novelty of being back!
› Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Warm evening sun shines through native temperate rainforest after a day of heavy rain in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.
› Tue, 06 Feb 2018
Here is classic lake sunrise photo I had been hoping to achieve whilst traveling New Zealand. This is Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. Not long after I took this I noticed that Australasian crested grebe you can see in one of my previous photos.
› Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Threatened southern (Australisian) crested grebe on Lake Wakatipu. I was photographing the sunrise on the lake when I suddenly noticed the unmistakable silhouette of what I thought was a great crested grebe. I was delighted to find out it was in fact a subspecies found in Australasia. These shy birds are a subspecies of the great crested grebe and are native to New Zealand. Unfortunately their numbers have declined dramatically and there are estimated to be less than 300 left in New Zealand. The main reason seems to be due to unsuccessful breeding. These birds nest on the edge of high country lakes. Unfortunately this habitat has changed dramatically since European settlers arrived. Cattle grazing, fishing, tourism and construction of dams are some of the reasons these birds are disturbed, resulting in time off incubation. Eggs are vulnerable to sudden changes in water levels. It is thought power boats disturbing water levels are partly to blame and more frequent extreme weather where heavy rainfall and strong winds can wash away nests. Interestingly, the introduction of willow present on some lakes has inadvertently helped to protect nests. Birds choose edges of the lake where the willow grows rigorously. As the plant grows it’s dense roots and stems create safer nesting areas protected from wind and waves. Grebes are threatened by introduced predatory mammals like ferrets, stoats and feral cats. High water quality is important for grebes to hunt for fish as they rely on sight to locate prey. Fertilisers used on farmland can leach into lakes increasing nutrient levels and decreasing water visibility. It would seem these impressive but timid birds have an uncertain future ahead! Conservation work and education can go a long way. It was great learning more about these birds. A great article by Bill Rea on nzgeo.co.nz helped me.
› Fri, 02 Feb 2018