Leopards of the Masai Mara

I have just returned from the Masai Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy in Kenya with my friend and guide Paul Kirui.  I was fortunate enough to photograph seven leopards, Kaboso and her cub, Tito and her cub, Siri, Fig and Figlet. It is easy to see why leopards really are my favourite animal to photograph. To view the images click on the link below:

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Remembering Lions

Remembering Lions: By Wildlife Photographers United

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I am delighted to have been a contributing photographer for Remembering Lions, the fourth book in the highly acclaimed Remembering Wildlife series which was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett.

With a foreword by Jonathan & Angela Scott, Remembering Lions is full of beautiful images donated by more than 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers with an aim to raise awareness of the plight facing lions and also to raise funds to protect them.

The book was launched this week at The Royal Geographic Society in London.

Remembering Lions Exhibition

There is a free exhibition of images from Remembering Lions at La Galleria, Pall Mall in London, running until Saturday, 26th October, 2019. The exhibition will be open every day from 10am to 5pm, except on Saturday, 26th October, when it will close at 4pm.

To purchase a copy of Remembering Lions and help support this wonderful cause, please go to:

https://buyrememberingwildlife.com
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Kenya – September 2019

I have just returned from our biennial trustees visit to my Charity, Hoopers Africa Trust Kenya in the Masai Mara. The Charity provides education to disadvantaged girls in Kenya. See www.hoopersafricatrust.org for more information or to make a donation to this great cause.

Whilst there I was able to allocate some time to my photography. August is one of the best times for photographing the migrations of Wildebeest. With daunting crossings and hungry lions, there are plenty of wonderful photographic opportunities .

Below is one of my favourite images from the trip. Click on the image below to view a gallery of further images…migration-1

Exhibition Update

August 18th was the final day of my exhibition at the gallery@oxo, we had a staggering number of visitors through the door, more than 16,000 people over the duration of the exhibition. Thanks to all who visited and to those who helped make it such a great success.

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Kenya February 2019

In February I visited Amboseli, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Masai Mara in Kenya with my friends, Lucy Parratt from WWF and Anne and Mike, fellow WWF supporters.  We visited the Masai Mara Predator Project, which is supported by WWF where we learned about some of the incredible work in which they are involved.

At Amboseli we saw large herds of elephants, some as many as 100 strong.  We also had some great sightings of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.

In the Masai Mara we saw lots of lions, with one pride made up of five females with ten cubs. We also had some good leopard sightings.

At Lewa Wildlife Conservancy we saw large numbers of both black & white rhino and the critically endangered Grevys Zebra. Lewa is one of the best places in the world to see rhinos and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  At one watering hole we encountered five rhinos, alongside elephants and zebras, which is an incredibly rare sighting.

Click on the image below to view images from the trip.

Elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

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End of year update

I have been busy over the past few months working on my new book, which will be my fourth.  It is titled Latitude, wildlife images from across the globe. It will include images from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and be published in the spring. It will be ready for my summer exhibition back at the gallery@oxo, on London’s South Bank, which opens on 2 August and runs until 18 August.  This is a preview of how the book cover will look.

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As it is the season for pantomimes, I tried telling this leopard – “He’s behind you, oh no he’s not, oh yes he is”

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I returned from Kenya at the end of November, and have only now found the time to update my blog with some images from that trip. I was lucky enough to spend two days with a leopard Tito with her two fully grown cubs. Seeing three leopards together like this is a very rare and special sight. I hope you like the images.

Click here or on the image below to see more images from this trip.

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May I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

The Pantanal, Brazil

I have just returned from Brazil, where I had a wonderful trip to the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and covers an area of approximately one hundred and fifty thousand square kilometres. Renowned for its wildlife, the Pantanal is home to several hundred species of birds, along with jaguar, caiman, giant otter and capybara.

I was fortunate enough to see jaguars every day and the highlight of my trip was witnessing a territorial fight between two males. I have never seen big cats of any kind fighting with such ferocity, although I am pleased, not to say amazed, that both jaguars walked away seemingly uninjured. As you will see from the extraordinary photographs, at least one of them could have been seriously harmed. These images tell their own story and I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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I was also lucky enough to photograph a species new to me – the ocelot. It is a small cat and mostly nocturnal. Early one morning, I spotted what I assumed to be a small jaguar, before realising, with great excitement, that it was in fact an ocelot. The sun had not yet risen, so the photographs are not among my best, but certainly good enough for you to see what a very pretty cat it is.

Please click on the link below to view these images, along with those of giant otters, birds and various other animals, including one of a small anaconda wrapped around a caiman that was far too big for it!

I wish to extend my thanks to Paula Mason at Exodus Travel who organised my trip, my wonderful guide Alexandre Ribeiro, for his knowledge, experience and enjoyable company, and my boatman, Branco, at Porto Jofre, who did a brilliant job of trying to keep our small boat steady enough to enable me to get the occasional image in focus, which was no mean feat!

click on the image below to see more of the images:

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“Latitude” – My latest exhibition

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The public opening of my latest exhibition “Latitude” is on Friday 27th July at the gallery@oxo on London’s Southbank. Entry is free and we will be open daily from 11am to 6pm until Sunday the 19th August.

Below are just a few the images included in this exhibition.

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Kenya February 2018

After a rainy January, February turned out to be a dry, hot and dusty month in the Masai Mara.  It was quite a struggle keeping my equipment dust free and I had to take great care when changing lenses. On my return I popped in to my Canon service agents Fixation, to have my camera sensors cleaned! It seems strange now to be thinking of this while sitting here in snowy London, where it is -3c.

This time I was in the company of my great friend Roberta Bondar, fellow photographer and Patron of my charity Hoopers Africa Trust. As always, it was a great pleasure and lots of fun.

I returned with some great leopard images. of Siri, Kabosa, Bahiti and Fig, along with some of their cubs, but for me the highlight was spending time photographing the Eurasian roller, a migratory visitor to the Mara.  While not quite as ‘showy’ as the native lilac breasted roller, it is beautiful all the same.  Plenty of new images to consider for my 2018 exhibitions.

I hope to see many of you back at the Oxo Gallery for my summer show, which runs from 27th July to 19th August 2018.

Click here or the image below to see more images from this trip.

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