More Madagascar Blues

The recent discovery of sapphires and other precious gems, and the subsequent explosion in illegal mining operations is further threatening the besieged rainforests of Madagascar and the numerous already endangered species that live there, most specifically endearing lemurs like the indri. Madagascar’s latest ‘sapphire rush’ has seen an influx of around 40,000 illegal workers descend…

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Wanted: Bobcats Alive not Dead

This bobcat is worth 1000 times more alive than dead! A study just published by Panthera and Wyoming Untrapped calculated the value of a single wild bobcat in Yellowstone National Park to the economy versus its value as a trapped / hunted animal. This particular bobcat that I photographed in January 2016 was regularly seen…

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Tanzania 2017 Trip Report: Southern Serengeti Migration

One of East Africa’s most recognisable birds, the lilac-breasted roller What might you regard as the greatest wildlife show on earth? An impossible subjective question of course, and one to which there are several potential worthy answers. High up the list of contenders must be the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and other game around…

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India’s Wild Cats 2017 Trip Report

Magical early morning light filters through the forest canopy in Kanha It is, in many ways, remarkable that India, the world’s second most populous country should still harbour populations of many species of large mammal, and especially apex predators like big cats. India is the only country in the world with four species of big…

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Ladakh 2017 Trip Report: Searching for Snow Leopards

Typical snow leopard terrain in Ladakh Back in 2006 the BBC broadcast the first series of Planet Earth. It was a landmark production, five years in the making and at the time, the most expensive natural history documentary ever made. Arguably the stand out and most talked about sequence from the eleven episodes was of…

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Costa Rica 2016 Trip Report: First Impressions for Photography

Costa Rica is a diminutive country that has long been an established wildlife destination. Renowned for its remarkable biodiversity, well protected forests (one third of the land mass is national parks and private reserves), accessibility and high standards. Its proximity to the States has certainly been influential and it is already a very popular winter…

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Papua New Guinea 2016 Trip Report

Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s least-explored regions. Few destinations conjure more remote or evocative visions, with many areas still largely untouched by time and Western influence. It is a place where pristine rainforests harbor an intriguing array of wildlife, and tribal peoples live in ways that have changed little in centuries. Not…

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Patagonia 2016 Trip Report: Pumas Paws & Condors Soar

Punta Arenas in Chile is one of those places that has an ‘edge of the earth’ feel about it. It’s a busting, vibrant little town, but sitting as it does at the very southern tip of South America, it is effectively hemmed in by cold, open oceans on three sides and the imposing Andes to…

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Yellowstone 2016 Trip Report: Wildlife in White

There was a sense of anticipation as the two snow coaches pulled up outside our lodge in West Yellowstone. Another significant overnight snowfall blanketed the ground and flurries of large, soft flakes still danced in the air. There was a lovely, pleasing crunch under foot. Male Bison sparing in the Lamar Valley The previous four…

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Size Matters with Nikon’s New Lens

Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-S PF ED VR Without a great deal of pomp, but with considerable anticipation, Nikon have just released a new version of their 300mm f/4 lens. So what makes the Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S PF ED VR unusual and special? Nikon’s new PF lens effectively bends light through a greater angle, which…

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