Back from the Amazon

I returned from my annual Amazon tour recently and I’m settling back into Norfolk life and wildlife! Again we had a fantastic time; one of the trip highlights was visiting Chuncho colpa, the longest clay lick in the world, and seeing hundreds of macaws and thousands of parrots flying overhead. Various species of parrot and macaw visit this clay lick to collect and eat salt, which is thought to be useful for removing toxins from their bodies. It’s an amazing experience to watch the sun rise over the clay lick, and for hundreds of macaws to come down, hang from vines and eat the clay. We’ve decided to make some changes for our 2012 Peru tour, and we will now be visiting a number of both natural and cultural wonders over the trip. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the highlights:

– Living in the rainforest at a research lodge
– Mist netting with an expert ornithologist
– Tracking down snakes, lizards and frogs with a herpetologist
– Visiting the longest clay lick in the world and witnessing macaws and parrots in their natural habitat
– Viewing a cock of the rock lek in stunning pristine cloud forest
– Trekking to the legendary Machu Picchu along a beautiful alternate inca trail (optional).
– A day at Machu Picchu

The Untamed Photography will be updated with details and dates soon so keep checking back.

Here are some images from the tour (excuse my bias for macro shots!)

Squirrel Nutkins and upcoming wildlife photography courses


A curious grey squirrel checking out a remote camera at the woods where my wildlife photography courses take place. I return to the UK next week for a short period, then I’m off to lead a wildlife photography tour in the Amazon rainforest. I return to resume my photography courses and workshops from mid August. August will provide the last decent chance to spot badgers in the wood. As autumn and winter kick in, food resources will dwindle and provide excellent opportunities to photograph birds in the wood. In October I look forward to photographing Red Deer rutting. There’s a herd of about 40 living in my area, and I keep in contact with the local deer stalker to keep updated on their location.

I’ll be posting dates for the upcoming courses, get in contact if you would like to find out anymore information. I look forward to meeting some of you soon.

New badger video


This short video was captured in the woods in Norfolk where my badger photography course, badger watching evenings and woodland bird photography course take place.

These woods are home to several families of badgers who have inhabited the area for many years, and offer fantastic opportunities to see these amazing animals.

I will post regular videos and photographs of wildlife from these woods to this website so keep checking back.

The secret life of….

I’ve got camera traps set up in the woods I photograph in to see what wildlife is about and what they’re up to. I’ll post any new images and videos that I capture on here…

Watch this space!

This week I have been setting up an area in a local private wood to host woodland bird photography courses. I’ve decided upon an amazing location with great lighting in the early morning. I spent a few days last week with the farm manager setting up natural feeders, clearing away the background and setting up my hide.

The main point of focus is a rotting oak tree which sits around 4 foot from the hide, this makes a great place for the birds to land on and looks really photogenic. I have set up a peanut feeder, a mixed seed feeder and also I’ve cut notches into the tree which I’ve filled the gaps with lard, a food which the birds love but which doesnt clog up their feathers. I’ve also baited an area about 10 metres away with dead rabbits and I hope to get the local family of foxes feeding regularly from there.

I left the new set up for a day and returned early the next morning. The birds hadn’t hung about and although they were a little nervous they were already feeding at regular intervals. A variety of birds are already visiting the feeders; blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, robins, black birds, coal tits, willow tits, wrens, nuthatches and excitingly a greater spotted woodpecker. I’ve also spotted several green woodpeckers and there’s at least 3 tawny owls in the woods too. Some of these birds are very secretive and difficult to photograph so the set up gives a great opportunity to capture them in their full glory.

I’m going to bait this area until next Spring when I’ll open the courses up to the public. You can read more about my courses on this website.