WELCOME ( TO WHAT I HOPE WILL PASS AS A BLOG ) !!!

To those who have found their way to my website, I thank you. I am, if I am honest, new to writing a blog, which is not to say that on my past travels to photograph, and of late film wildlife, I have not filled many a notebook or the odd sheet of toilet paper with thoughts, or what I believed at the time to be some valuable observation note, or snippet of brilliance ( rare for me ) I might need somewhere up the line. 

 

So as time passes, and I actually get around to picking up a stills camera and my video camera again, thereby having something to put on this blog, I have decided to upload a few " blasts from the past" if you will, in order to give anyone who may stray here; some idea of the stories behind some of the images, and what to expect in the future, if I am fortunate enough to have anyone return.

 

I am currently back in southern Patagonia for the first time in 15 years, and very happy to be here filming material for a documentary about the regions apex predator the beautiful Patagonian Puma. The image below shows  two of four young cubs both myself and my dear old friend, expert guide and photographer Rodrigo Lizama ( owner of Patagonian Travel Adventure ) encountered after only 15 minutes of arriving in the Torres del Paine National Park, a slice of Patagonian Paradise I was delighted to have spent 3 years camped out in between 1998 and 2003. I will be here through the winter filming, well someone has to do it.

 

PLEASE SAY NO TO CAPTIVE GAME FARM PHOTOGRAPHY !! You learn nothing about your subject, you have no story behind your image, a day in the wild with no results at all, is a million times more educational than a day at the Triple D ranch in Montana, where armchair photographers go to fill the pages of their portfolio, thereby your selfish misguided agenda subjects these magnificent  animals to a life of imprisonment for nothing other than financial gain. Hide & SeekVery Lucky 1st day, as the 2 little Patagonian Puma cubs in the bottom right hand corner of this image, were 2 of 4 cubs I crossed paths within 15 mins of arriving in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. I was with a friend just setting out when we caught a glimpse of them playing in the tall grass, mum was very close by.

 

Filming Stoats, now you see me, now you dont !!!

January 25, 2018  •  55 Comments
It was somewhat of a bonus, a kind of two for the price of one if you like, to discover that my chosen location in the French Alps, where I hoped to film the mating behaviour of the successfuly reintroduced Bearded Vultures, was also home to several Stoats or Ermin as they are known in French. As an aspiring wildlife cameraman looking to increase t...
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The Iberian Lynx Living On A Knife's Edge

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
THE IBERIAN LYNX LIVING ON A KNIFES EDGE The Iberian Lynx is in trouble, it has been for a long time, with a steady decline in numbers from around 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, to the darkest years in it's existence to date 1998-2003, when between 75-100 were left in two remnant populations in southern Spain, extinction, hung ov...
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Game Farm Photography Who Needs It !! Certainly Not The Animals

December 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I think it fair to inform readers from the very outset of this post (some might prefer to label it an "extreme rant"), that I am probably not the person to write on the subject of game farm photography, as a fierce opponent of it, objectivity is in short supply. Regardless of my entrenched position on one side of the fence, i will continue. For tho...
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Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Hanging With The Birds No One Loves

December 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
EURASIAN GRIFFON VULTURES Hanging With The Birds No One Loves I believe it would be safe for me to state that most people would not consider the Griffon Vulture, or any vulture for that matter, to be a serious contender for 1 st prize in a world of wildlife beauty pageant. They are not pin up favourite's like Polar Bear cubs or Pandas,...
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Midnight Feast with a Mountain Lion

December 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Pumas, Cougars, Mountain Lions, Catamount, whatever it is known by, and as numerous as they are throughout their range from the Yukon to the tip of South America, these cats have proven to be a most elusive creature to locate, and have frustrated many a determined wildlife photographer and filmmaker in their quest to capture images of them on the w...
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Patagonia Bound Again

December 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Torres Del Paine NP, Here I come, AGAIN It was long ago that Patagonia seeped into my Pysche, firmly entrenching itself with absolutely no intention of going anywhere; and so my love affair with this enchanted land at the end of the world continues. It has been a while since my last trip, 2003 to be precise, but a new and exciting adventure looms...
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