Although a birder first, I've always been interested in photography. Both hobbies have ebbed and flowed over the years, but gradually I find that they're coming closer together. I started this website as my birding blog over at Wanstead Birder was becoming rather photo-heavy, and I wanted to maintain a clear distinction between the two.
I live in east London, and am a keen patch-worker, so many of my photos are taken close to home. That's not to say that the odd twitch doesn't occur, but it's very often difficult to get satisfactory images of rarites. I try and get to Shetland every autumn, and am quickly developing a taste for birding travel - photographic opportunites abroad can be incredible.
I have used various Canon SLRs for many years, and made the switch to digital in about 2007, investing in an EOS 30D. This camera served me well for a while, but the real leap came in 2010 with a very battered EOS 1D Mk II, paired with a second-hand 500mm f4 IS lens. I've had a few upgrades along the way and now use a Canon 1D Mk IV with the latest 500mm lens for almost all my bird photography.
Although birds are my primary focus, I'm happy taking photographs of just about anything! The galleries represent what I think are the best I have taken up to this point - it's a process of constant improvement and constant deletion! My photographs have appeared in Birding World, Birdwatch, the national press and many local birding publications, as well as information panels for the RSPB and various nature reserves. If you wish to use an image, please get in touch.