Wildlife, travel and photography have always featured highly on my list of interests and hobbies. In my early years growing up in Scotland I combined all three with a love, if not matched in ability, for fly fishing, travelling to the remoter areas of the north. Throughout my 40+ years as a professional engineer while reading, music and theatre fitted more comfortably with family life and the demands of the day-job, photography remained a constant. Just ask the family!
These days, while I retain an enduring interest in the specialisms of my past life, my passion for my personal hobby trinity of wildlife, travel and photography has been refreshed. I'm an active member of the Hawk Conservancy Trust, the Hawk & Owl Trust (HOT), for which I am the Bath Urban Peregrine Project Coordinator, and the British Trust for Ornithology under whose umbrella I am licensed to ring Peregrines.
In keeping with my hairline, my gear has moved on too. Gone are the days of Zorki and Zenit. These days my tools of choice hark from the Canon stable, and a 1D MkIV and 5D MkII can normally be found attached to a Canon 500mm f4L MkII and a 70-200 f2.8L MkII IS, backed up by a range of shorter L-series lenses. Having said that, My Canon 1nHS and Bronica film cameras are never far from hand.
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