It was very cold and windy this afternoon so I decided it was a good day to visit the reserve, it was
bound to be quiet. How right I was.I had the place to myself. I parked myself in tern hide and I
hadn't been there 5 minutes when I spotted a cormorant with a rather large fish heading my way.
It had noted the large number of gulls that were present and was heading for the shelter of the reed
beds so that it could devour his meal in peace.
The fish was a little troublesome and put up a bit of a fight that it was never going to win.
Eventually the fish gave up and became the main course.
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.