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 am now using three cameras: a Canon 1DX mark 2, and a Canon 7D mark 2 plus the mirrorless Canon R6 which is truly excellent and with the adaptor works great with all my EF lenses. This latest camera has some really helpful additions not on DSLRs such as guided manual focusing.
My main lenses are the Canon 400mm f/4 DO mark 2. This lens is really sharp, works well with extenders and is relatively light as well as being of short length. Together with the Canon 100-400mm mark 2, the Tamron 150-600mm G2 and the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2 and the two Canon extenders this will complete my lens "stable" for photographing birds and other wildlife.

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.