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Welcome to Norfolk Wildlife Photography. I am a wildlife photographer based near Norwich in Norfolk, England. I run a variety of wildlife photography courses both in the UK, and overseas. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to seeing you in the near future.

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An Indian summer of adder photography

It’s hard to believe that it’s mid October out there. The sun is still shining and the last few weeks have felt more like mid summer. This strange (but nice, I’m not moaning!) weather has an impact on the behaviour of many species and some which would normally be slowing down for hibernation over winter are still in full swing. I’ve been taking advantage of this by visiting a few local patches in Norfolk to get a few bonus adder photography days in. As with photographing many species, field craft plays a large role in photographing adders. First you need to know where to look; good areas to start your search are heathlands, rough open countryside and woodland edge habitats. When you’ve found a habitat you think might be suitable, you need to start thinking about what kind of cues would make an adder disappear. Adders are very sensitive to disturbance which means that noise or vibrations – including heavy footsteps – will send them into hiding before you even see them. They also generally bask close to vegetation so that they can quickly retreat to a safe area if they feel threatened. Therefore, if you want any chance of spotting an adder its best to walk slowly and quietly scanning for adders basking in open areas which the sun can penetrate through to. Adders are also very well camouflaged so take care to scan very slowly as it is all too easy to get close to one only to see the flick of a tail disappearing before you manage to get a shot. Telephoto lens are a good choice for photographing this species as they enable you to keep a distance whilst still capturing the full detail of the adder. Photographing from a distance means that the adder is more likely to feel less threatened and stick around for the shoot, and also means that you’re not getting too close and risk getting bitten. Although I won’t be running any more one day adder photography courses this year I will be starting again in spring 2012. Subscribe to my newsletter to get updates on when I will be running these courses.

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.