Back on my feet and raring to go and I could not find anything to photograph. The sun, when it came
out from behind the rain clouds, was very low in the sky and left me with little time. So quickly down
to heron hide and all I found were gulls galore. This black-headed chose to sit on a post much to
the annoyance of another.
The gull claiming the post was not going to be dislodged that easy and I could see a scrap happening.
First attack he tried jumping on his back with no avail.
Next he tried an uppercut to the jaw which seemed to have no effect.
Finally a boot to the back of the had the desired result.
Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.