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Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
I support The Wildlife Trust by donating some of my images to their image library that can be accessed by staff from all 47 local Trusts across the UK, Isle of Man and Alderney. All Trusts are able to use the images for both printed and online publications, press releases, media work and visitor information at reserves.

I am delighted to say this year one of my sunset images has been put to good use by helping to promote the Joint Membership scheme at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. http://www.montwt.co.uk/join-joint.

They are always in need of new images to promote their work and welcome any contributions to their database. All uses of these images are credited and copyright remains with the photographer.

For more information about The Wildlife Trusts visit www.wildlifetrusts.org
BBC's Discoverwildlife.com
Just for fun I occasionally enter into the BBC Wildlife Magazine's online monthly reader photographic competition at http://www.discoverwildlife.com/your-photos/photo-contest.

To my delight I won the month of June 2014 entitled Fresh Water Wildlife with this picture below:


Having a bad hair day?


Thank you to the BBC Wildlife Team who chose my photo from the hundreds that were submitted. The direct link to the month of June is http://www.discoverwildlife.com/your-photos/photo-contest/june%202014%20contest%3a%20freshwater%20wildlife.
Lincolnshire Wildlife
This year I decided to take my camera a bit further afield up to Lincolnshire to try and capture close-ups and behaviour of the seals at Donna Nook before the pupping season.

The Lincolnshire coastline is beautiful and you can see for miles. The number of seals in the colony I saw was astonishing. There was a mixture of Grey and Common Seas with a few youngsters about a year old on the outskirts of the group which made it easier for me to photograph them.



As you would expect in the first week of October the weather was mixed. On the Saturday it was a stormy day, but managed to get a few pictures before the heavy rain came down and despite wearing waterproofs I got completely soaked. On the Saturday the weather changed to a lovely sunny day and managed to get quite a few wonderful pictures before the tide came in and the seals went out to fish.



This was an amazing trip and one I hope to repeat next year.
Urban Badger
Over the last couple of nights it has been quite stormy with the thunder and lightening keeping me awake. Despite these storms it was still quite hot so I decided at about 2am to go to the kitchen for some water. As I looked out of the window I spotted something in the garden and to my surprise saw this little fellow.





So I grabbed my camera and managed to take this single shot before it trotted off. Now I know this is not the best picture of a Badger in the world, but for me just to see one in the wild is a privilege.
Fallow Deer
Despite it being a dull, cloudy and damp day I thought I would try to photograph some Fallow Deer at my local deer park. Unfortunately I was not having much success with the photos and was about to give up and go home when I came across this sweet moment that I managed to capture on video.


Gone Fishing
Whilst the sun was setting I spotted this Little Egret trying to get an evening meal by doing a strange 'dance' in the water.

I can only assume that it was trying to find fish hiding in the sediment by feeling with its feet and dislodging the seabed.


The Sound Of The Marsh Frogs
When I heard this sound for the first time I was scratching my head as to what it could be, but after some research discovered it was the sound of the Marsh Frogs. They are quite difficult to spot, but during the mating season you can hear their distinctive sound.

I was able to capture the sound back in May this year whilst walking around the reserve and if you listen carefully the sound of an Avocet too!


Playing In The Wild
I have been lucky on two occasions to be in the right place at the right time when photographing foxes and I did not have to go very far!

The first time was in March when a family of foxes came to the garden. There appeared to be two adults and two juveniles. One of the juveniles seemed a lot younger than the other as it would not stand still for a moment and was trying to chase and play, when all the others wanted to do was to relax in the sunshine.

I watched them for about ten minutes from an upstairs window before grabbing my camera and trying to take some pictures. This was one of my favourites.



(This fox was lying down trying to get some peace, but looked up just before the young juvenile came and pounced on him!)

The second time was in July and although I had seen the family come and go, this day was special. The young juvenile was on it's own and found an old tennis ball in the garden. It started to play by throwing the ball up in the air and trying to catch it...



...then, pouncing on it...



...so, I can only assume it was trying to learn to hunt as I had not seen this behaviour before.

It has been such a privilege to watch them and have provided me with some of my favourite pictures of 2012. I hope to see them again in 2013.
A Drop In The Ocean
On the 9th June 2012 whilst walking along a windy beach, I came across a Herring Gull doing something unusual. So I tried filming it for a few minutes using my camera hand-held. See below...




The gull seemed to have found something interesting and looked like it was trying to crack it open by dropping it from a great height.

After watching it for quite some time I reluctantly had to head home, so never saw if its persistence paid off.
Boat Trip
It all began in 2011 when I was walking along the beach on the south coast. There was a flock of seagulls trying to defend their territory, by swooping down to an object out at sea.

At first I could not make out what it was, so I got out my binoculars and to my surprise I saw a seal. It was the first time I had ever seen one in the wild as they are rarely seen in the area. Unfortunately my camera lens would not stretch that far to get a decent picture, so it became a project for 2012 to try and photograph some.

So in August I went on a short boat trip to try and get a little closer. The weather was not as I had hoped, it was a dull windy day and the water was a little choppy. This made it difficult to take pictures, but I still came away with a smile on my face and a few photos.

Here are some below.

Seal Group..


Common Seals..


Grey Seal..


To see the seals in the wild was such a highlight of 2012 for me that I am planning to go back in 2013.