Trip Report – Madagascar with Andy Rouse November 2012

Watching the Indri in the forests of Madagascar

Just got back from the amazing island of Madagascar. What a privilege watching the beautiful dancing lemurs; mothers with babies clinging to their backs, gracefully jumping from tree to tree. Rainbow coloured chameleons and huge spiders also featured heavily. This is a wonderful country with wonderful friendly people. Andy did a sterling job making sure we were all in the right positions to get the best shots, even if it meant lying on the ground in the middle of an ants nest, camera looking up a lemur’s backside, waiting for it to hang down in just the right angle. Well done Andy, great adventure, great trip and great images!

 

 

Trip Report – Animals of Montana June 2012

Gill and RacoonJust back from Montana armed with over 2,000 images to trawl through. A simply amazing visit to Troy Hyde and his Animals of Montana ranch. Troy is truly an ‘animal whisperer’ and has an affinity with his wild stock that has to be seen to be believed. The ranch is nestled in the foot of snow peaked mountains about 30 mins from the town of Bozeman and about 2 hours from the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park. I went to photograph the many babies that appear each year, but I was treated to some of the adults as well!

I stayed in a Motel in Bozeman which was basic but perfectly adequate and hired a car at the airport for the week.  It was my first time driving on the other side of the road and was interesting!

A definite “must see” for any photographer with a sense of adventure.

 

Trip Report – Bavaria National Park for European Predators March 2012 with Chris Weston

Just returned from lovely Bavaria in Germany, after 3 days photographing the wildlife there. It was evident that snow had fallen hard and it was stacked up to 3 feet in some places. Lucky for us as brown bears in snow was what I wanted to capture. The trip is run by Chris Weston (link to his website on the LINKS page)and the accommodation is a charming Pension/hotel, just minutes from the park. Although the animals are wild, they are used to the presence of humans and so go about their daily business in front of you.

Trip Report – Gambia February 2012

February 2012 – Just come back from the Gambia with Chris Packham on a birding trip. Saw 175 species in 4 days. Incredible variety and abundance. I would recommend the Gambia, as only >6 hours from UK and no jet lag.

Stayed in a lovely hotel complex near to all the bird areas and beach.  Gambia is a poor country and you have to deal with locals badgering you, but inside the hotel complex, life is serene. This place is a twitcher’s delight.

PS: it is customary in the Birding fraternity to put one’s reference book down the back of your trousers – sadly there was no room in mine to try this little manoeuevre!

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Report: Snow Hill Emperors, Antarctica 2009

Trip Report:  Snow Hill Emperors, Antarctica

Starts from the remote but very lovely town of Ushuaia, at the very tip of Tierra Del Fuego.  Once on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov, one of very few Ice breakers in the world that are equipped to do this trip, you can enjoy immediately the sight of  many seabirds that accompany you throughout the voyage.  After 3 days at sea, (two spent crossing the Drake’s Passage, a sea which is not for the faint hearted!) you see your first glimpse of the Antarctica ice scenery.  Its like a beautiful, sparkling blue fairy land, the sights of which will stay with you forever.

The ship then parks in the Weddell sea and two helicopters fly you in groups to Snow Hill island where the four colonies of majestic Emperor penguins await.  If the weather is on your side, you get to spend up to 3 days with the penguins, but sadly for me, one and half days were in “white out” and just too dangerous for the helicopters to fly.  Nevertheless, any time spent with the cute grey fluffy babies was a bonus and I hope you will capture the essence of what it was like from my photos.

Also on this trip were three members of the BBC ,  who were filming for a new series to be called FROZEN PLANET, due to aired Autumn 2012.  As well as filming the penguins and landscape, some of us “people” aboard the expedition were also included.  I now have to wait to see whether I was included in the programmes.

PICTURE BELOW

Alastair Fothergill (Executive Producer of Frozen Planet) David Bailey and Jason Roberts (cameramen) filming for “Frozen Planet”