Autumn in the UK means my favourite wildlife event of the year, the annual rut of our deer species and the New Forest is one of the best places in the UK to watch this spectacle as we have populations of both Red and Fallow deer, Due to other commitments I wasn’t able to spend as long as I would have liked this year covering the rut in detail and spending the long hours it takes to capture spectacular rutting action, but given that the deer are present all around my home (literally, in the garden sometimes!) then there was no excuse not at least get out and capture some portraits.
I had a bit of a landmark birthday in September 2014, turning the grand old age of 40. Thanks to some extremely generous donations by members of my family I was able to rush out and buy myself another camera body. There was really only one choice in my mind, the Nikon D800. With the recent release of the D810, it’s older sibling could now be picked up 2nd hand at excellent value and it’s still one hell of a camera with its amazing full-frame 36MP sensor.
Whilst I’ve been busy with non-photography projects and time behind the camera has been limited I decided to try bit of classic backyard bird photography. It’s often said you can make the best images close to home so I decided to try and capture some new images of the starlings that visit everyday, lured by the fruit trees in my garden. Here’s a couple of initial results, a portrait and a group action shot.
It’s often said that you don’t need to venture far from home to photograph interesting wildlife and this story is a case in point. Returning from a long day shooting out in the forest I was walking up my garden path when I noticed an almighty tussle occuring between two small birds just a few feet from the house.
In April 2014 I took some time away from my usual surroundings in the New Forest to make a short trip to Lisbon, a city I’ve long wanted to visit. It’s sometimes referred to as the “City of White Light” and I’ve seen enough images from my friends, fellow photographers and Lisbon residents João Almeida and Ruben Vicente to make me want to experience its culture and people for myself.