Welcome

Welcome to my galleries of mainly birds.
I started taking photos a few years after starting to watch birds and other wildlife when I retired. I have recently moved into Canon's RF cameras/lenses. I now use the R5 and R6 cameras and the 600mm f11, 800mm f11 and 24-105mm f4-7.1. Both large lenses are very sharp and the fixed aperture is not proving to be a problem for me as both cameras can take good photos using very high ISO's. It is such a pleasure using such light equipment. When it becomes available I intend trading my current 100-400mm mark 2 zoom for the RF 100-500mm zoom with aperture f7.1 at the big end.
I still have the 7d mark 2 and several EF fit lenses including the 400mm f4 DO mark 2. I'm unsure how much use these will get now.

In early 2017 and 2018 we had good holidays in The Gambia with the usual great photo opportunities.

Our next trip was on a mammal / bird safari to the Okavango Delta in Botswana with Naturetrek. Absolutely excellent with wonderful photographic opportunities providing a Botswana gallery showing a few of the photos I took.

We spent the first two weeks of December 2018 back in The Gambia. The bird life was somewhat less than expected. More in the News section.

In March 2019 we spent 2 weeks visiting Zambia, Botswana and Namibia (mostly in Namibia) with Naturetrek. The bird life offered good opportunities for photographs but we failed to find both the Secretary Bird (which we really wanted to photograph) and Pel's Fishing Owl but we did photograph this bird in Botswana last year.
More details in the News section.

In November 2019 we had a great trip with Naturetrek to the Masai Mara in Kenya. We stayed 2 nights at the lodge that was owned by Joy Adamson (of 'Born Free' and the lion Elsa fame) followed by 5 nights in the Masai Mara staying in luxury tents (very comfortable). The photographic opportunities for both birds and mammals were excellent. We did find the Secretarybird and were able to photograph this iconic bird on 3 separate occasions.