British Reptiles

There are only six native species of reptile in the UK - three snakes (Adder, Grass Snake and Smooth Snake) and three lizards (Common Lizard, Sand Lizard and Slow-worm). It's not many, but we are...
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British Reptiles

Cats

There are certain families of animal that I'll always make an extra effort to see. As far as mammals are concerned, all of them hold my interest, but there are a few families in particular...
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Cats

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is the sort of creature that captures the imagination of every child. I remember having a book when I was young that illustrated the size of a Blue Whale with a diagram...
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Blue Whale

Pennant-winged Nightjar

I already have an 'on the trail of…' page dedicated to nightjars and their allies, so it would have made sense to include this as an addendum to that page. The Pennant-winged Nightjar, however, deserves...
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Pennant-winged Nightjar

African Wild Dog

There were many different species that I planned to see in South Africa. Seeing some of them was virtually a certainty without even trying. Some required a bit of research, and one in particular required...
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African Wild Dog


Selected accounts of some of my quests to photograph specific species of wildlife around the world. More general summaries of some of the trips involved can be found in the trip reports.

British Reptiles

There are only six native species of reptile in the UK – three snakes (Adder, Grass Snake and Smooth Snake) and three lizards (Common Lizard, Sand Lizard and Slow-worm). It’s…

Cats

There are certain families of animal that I’ll always make an extra effort to see. As far as mammals are concerned, all of them hold my interest, but there are…

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is the sort of creature that captures the imagination of every child. I remember having a book when I was young that illustrated the size of a…

Pennant-winged Nightjar

I already have an ‘on the trail of…’ page dedicated to nightjars and their allies, so it would have made sense to include this as an addendum to that page….

African Wild Dog

There were many different species that I planned to see in South Africa. Seeing some of them was virtually a certainty without even trying. Some required a bit of research,…

Scottish Wildcat

The Scottish Wildcat is clinging on to existence. Current estimates suggest there are as few as 35 pure individuals left, making it quite possibly the rarest mammal on the planet….

Nightjars & their allies

The concept of having a ‘favourite bird’ is a strange one, but if pushed, I would have to say that the Nightjar, or any number of its allies around the…

Wild Boar

Wild Boar were once widespread throughout the country, but became extinct in the wild some time during the 13th century. Hunting was responsible for their eventual demise. In more recent…

Basking Shark

During a trip to the west coast of Scotland and its islands, I planned to try to see Basking Sharks. After the Whale Shark, the Basking Shark is the world’s…

Western Capercaillie

The Capercaillie is always amongst the most wished for bird for anyone heading north to see the Scottish specialities. Most of those species can be quickly and easily ticked off…