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Mountain hare pulling a ridiculous face – I should really have posted an image of any other species today, so heavy has my feed been recently with hares and rabbits of all descriptions but hey, there’s always time for another mountain hare! I was doing my usual faffing around looking for a new image to post and I just ended up running out of time so jibbed out and decided to have a predictable rummage around in my vast and still as yet unprocessed hare images from last year. It was then that my interest was piqued by this curious expression. I’ve mentioned in the past about the sort of ridiculous faces that mountain hares will often pull when they are washing, grooming or stretching but I also liked the almost shifty looking character of this one. In addition the monochromatic tones of the image, the neutral greys and whites are punctuated and improved by a little splash of pink, courtesy of the hares tongue and it is these little details that can often elevate an image in terms of its interest and character. This hare, which I imaginatively named Mrs Grey, was an incredibly confiding hare and I was delighted to learn that earlier this year she gave birth to some leverets. I will certainly be looking in on her again this coming January and I’m confident even from my home in Derbyshire that I could pinpoint her exact location even now to within a few feet, so routined and territorial was she. Whilst we didn’t have a huge amount of snow up in Scotland earlier this year images like this are often improved when photographed against a blank canvas such as this as all of the attention is focussed on this lovely little hare and her ridiculous expression. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @onekind @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #mountainhare #scotland #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Mute swan in full territorial charge – You can tell from the enormous bow wave in front of this swan that it is moving with both purpose and intent. As the breeding season draws near and the male’s mind turns to courtship so he has to clear his territory of all competition and that includes last years’ offspring. Previously this kind of aggression was reserved only for Canada geese and any other adult swan that happened to land on this lake but at this time of year it is being directed solely at his own children. The youngsters choice is as stark as it is clear, leave or die! This image was captured at dawn and this is the beginning of the increase in pressure. First the adults start to demonstrate more aggression near food sources, usually local and dog walkers people lobbing endless amounts of white bread (no they won’t be told!) but then as the weeks pass so it is the young males that are isolated first. It’s never an easy thing to watch as you can see the confusion written on the faces of the young and bewildered swans, doubtless wondering why the parents that nurtured and protected them for so long are now pushing them away to isolation. Slowly it is then the turn of the females and the process remains the same. First the adults appear to show signs of occasional ill-temperedness, then the scolding is slowly ratcheted up and up until the youngsters are forced to separate completely from the adults. It is then that the pursuits start and this can go on for days or even weeks, depending on how quickly the youngsters get the message. To us this image my look pretty, a beautiful bird in beautiful light but to the young swan being pursued this is a moment filled with menace. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #muteswan #derbyshire #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

When you want to sit in the front seat but Mom and Dad won't let you 🐶 video by @tazu29

Brown hare saying hi – Anyone who knows me or follows my page will know that I have a real passion for our native wildlife here in the UK, especially the lagomorphs which include brown hare, mountain hare and rabbit. This is a brown hare and much like the mountain hare posted a week ago this brown hare is having a bit of a wash and in the process showing off his enormous hind feet. Brown hares are substantially more challenging to work with than the ultra-confiding mountain hares and their preferred habitat of open lowland fields and flat agricultural land makes getting close to them especially challenging. As usual an intimate knowledge of the species, the location and their typical habits makes the process of achieving images significantly more feasible but they are still a species that can elude and frustrate. On this occasion I knew of a regular route that they would occasionally take a down a field margin and by using hedgerows, forests and thickets I was able to get myself into position unnoticed. From that point on it was all down to luck, even when it comes to which direction they might approach from. I’ve often ended up sneakily looking over my shoulder only to see one sitting a few feet behind me but in these instances I won’t even bother trying to turn around. Much better to simply try and melt into the ground, remain as unobtrusive as possible and hope that they meander past me and into a position where I can photograph them. The fact that this one is demonstrating such natural behaviour, even though I’m lying just a few feet away is testimony to the merits of this cautious and respectful approach and this can be summed up in one simple sentence. You cannot approach wildlife too slowly! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #brownhare #derbyshire #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

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Repost from @andyparkinsonphoto Mountain hare pulling a ridiculous face – I should really have posted an image of any other species today, so heavy has my feed been recently with hares and rabbits of all descriptions but hey, there’s always time for another mountain hare! I was doing my usual faffing around looking for a new image to post and I just ended up running out of time so jibbed out and decided to have a predictable rummage around in my vast and still as yet unprocessed hare images from last year. It was then that my interest was piqued by this curious expression. I’ve mentioned in the past about the sort of ridiculous faces that mountain hares will often pull when they are washing, grooming or stretching but I also liked the almost shifty looking character of this one. In addition the monochromatic tones of the image, the neutral greys and whites are punctuated and improved by a little splash of pink, courtesy of the hares tongue and it is these little details that can often elevate an image in terms of its interest and character. This hare, which I imaginatively named Mrs Grey, was an incredibly confiding hare and I was delighted to learn that earlier this year she gave birth to some leverets. I will certainly be looking in on her again this coming January and I’m confident even from my home in Derbyshire that I could pinpoint her exact location even now to within a few feet, so routined and territorial was she. Whilst we didn’t have a huge amount of snow up in Scotland earlier this year images like this are often improved when photographed against a blank canvas such as this as all of the attention is focussed on this lovely little hare and her ridiculous expression. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @onekind @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #mountainhare #scotland #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Mountain hare pulling a ridiculous face – I should really have posted an image of any other species today, so heavy has my feed been recently with hares and rabbits of all descriptions but hey, there’s always time for another mountain hare! I was doing my usual faffing around looking for a new image to post and I just ended up running out of time so jibbed out and decided to have a predictable rummage around in my vast and still as yet unprocessed hare images from last year. It was then that my interest was piqued by this curious expression. I’ve mentioned in the past about the sort of ridiculous faces that mountain hares will often pull when they are washing, grooming or stretching but I also liked the almost shifty looking character of this one. In addition the monochromatic tones of the image, the neutral greys and whites are punctuated and improved by a little splash of pink, courtesy of the hares tongue and it is these little details that can often elevate an image in terms of its interest and character. This hare, which I imaginatively named Mrs Grey, was an incredibly confiding hare and I was delighted to learn that earlier this year she gave birth to some leverets. I will certainly be looking in on her again this coming January and I’m confident even from my home in Derbyshire that I could pinpoint her exact location even now to within a few feet, so routined and territorial was she. Whilst we didn’t have a huge amount of snow up in Scotland earlier this year images like this are often improved when photographed against a blank canvas such as this as all of the attention is focussed on this lovely little hare and her ridiculous expression. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @onekind @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #mountainhare #scotland #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Mute swan in full territorial charge – You can tell from the enormous bow wave in front of this swan that it is moving with both purpose and intent. As the breeding season draws near and the male’s mind turns to courtship so he has to clear his territory of all competition and that includes last years’ offspring. Previously this kind of aggression was reserved only for Canada geese and any other adult swan that happened to land on this lake but at this time of year it is being directed solely at his own children. The youngsters choice is as stark as it is clear, leave or die! This image was captured at dawn and this is the beginning of the increase in pressure. First the adults start to demonstrate more aggression near food sources, usually local and dog walkers people lobbing endless amounts of white bread (no they won’t be told!) but then as the weeks pass so it is the young males that are isolated first. It’s never an easy thing to watch as you can see the confusion written on the faces of the young and bewildered swans, doubtless wondering why the parents that nurtured and protected them for so long are now pushing them away to isolation. Slowly it is then the turn of the females and the process remains the same. First the adults appear to show signs of occasional ill-temperedness, then the scolding is slowly ratcheted up and up until the youngsters are forced to separate completely from the adults. It is then that the pursuits start and this can go on for days or even weeks, depending on how quickly the youngsters get the message. To us this image my look pretty, a beautiful bird in beautiful light but to the young swan being pursued this is a moment filled with menace. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #muteswan #derbyshire #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Mountain hare grooming – Continuing on from yesterday’s theme of big footed lagomorphs todays offering is another of the brown hare’s upland cousin, the ever confiding mountain hare. This image was actually captured many years ago, at an old site that I used to visit with my uncle high in the Monadhliath mountains in Scotland. We worked with this particular hare for four consecutive days as she was so extraordinarily confiding and a joy to spend time with. She would always be in almost the exact spot that we’d left her in the previous day and the only time that she ever seemed concerned is the one occasion when a distant golden eagle swept low over a distant hillside. Beyond that she would simply go about her business of mainly conserving energy, sleeping and then occasionally grooming and feeding. On this day she was sitting on a small remnant of melting snow but the contrast between this little patch of white and the rest of the hillside made for cluttered and confusing images. The combination of messy images and a particularly confiding hare, made even more so now by her familiarity with our monotone voices, meant that I was able to move in as close as the minimum focussing distance of my old 500mm F4 lens, about 4.5 metres. With the crop sensor of my old D2X and the addition of a 1.4x tele-converter I was effectively shooting at close to 1000mm. This was great for being to isolate small parts of the hare and to keep it clean and simple but having such massive focal length meant accurate focussing was more challenging as the tiniest movement is magnified and the depth of field so small. On this occasion however I got lucky as the mare brought her foot up on the same plane of focus as her head and its naturally curved shape framed her head nicely. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #mountainhare #scotland #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

All lynx are skilled hunters that make use of great hearing (the tufts on their ears are a hearing aid) and eyesight so strong that a lynx can spot a mouse 250 feet away!⠀
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Repost from @andyparkinsonphoto Brown hare saying hi – Anyone who knows me or follows my page will know that I have a real passion for our native wildlife here in the UK, especially the lagomorphs which include brown hare, mountain hare and rabbit. This is a brown hare and much like the mountain hare posted a week ago this brown hare is having a bit of a wash and in the process showing off his enormous hind feet. Brown hares are substantially more challenging to work with than the ultra-confiding mountain hares and their preferred habitat of open lowland fields and flat agricultural land makes getting close to them especially challenging. As usual an intimate knowledge of the species, the location and their typical habits makes the process of achieving images significantly more feasible but they are still a species that can elude and frustrate. On this occasion I knew of a regular route that they would occasionally take a down a field margin and by using hedgerows, forests and thickets I was able to get myself into position unnoticed. From that point on it was all down to luck, even when it comes to which direction they might approach from. I’ve often ended up sneakily looking over my shoulder only to see one sitting a few feet behind me but in these instances I won’t even bother trying to turn around. Much better to simply try and melt into the ground, remain as unobtrusive as possible and hope that they meander past me and into a position where I can photograph them. The fact that this one is demonstrating such natural behaviour, even though I’m lying just a few feet away is testimony to the merits of this cautious and respectful approach and this can be summed up in one simple sentence. You cannot approach wildlife too slowly! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #brownhare #derbyshire #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Brown hare saying hi – Anyone who knows me or follows my page will know that I have a real passion for our native wildlife here in the UK, especially the lagomorphs which include brown hare, mountain hare and rabbit. This is a brown hare and much like the mountain hare posted a week ago this brown hare is having a bit of a wash and in the process showing off his enormous hind feet. Brown hares are substantially more challenging to work with than the ultra-confiding mountain hares and their preferred habitat of open lowland fields and flat agricultural land makes getting close to them especially challenging. As usual an intimate knowledge of the species, the location and their typical habits makes the process of achieving images significantly more feasible but they are still a species that can elude and frustrate. On this occasion I knew of a regular route that they would occasionally take a down a field margin and by using hedgerows, forests and thickets I was able to get myself into position unnoticed. From that point on it was all down to luck, even when it comes to which direction they might approach from. I’ve often ended up sneakily looking over my shoulder only to see one sitting a few feet behind me but in these instances I won’t even bother trying to turn around. Much better to simply try and melt into the ground, remain as unobtrusive as possible and hope that they meander past me and into a position where I can photograph them. The fact that this one is demonstrating such natural behaviour, even though I’m lying just a few feet away is testimony to the merits of this cautious and respectful approach and this can be summed up in one simple sentence. You cannot approach wildlife too slowly! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #brownhare #derbyshire #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

Kamchatka brown bear tour – There now remains just two places left on a trip-of-a-lifetime photographic trip that I am leading to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East next July. Our primary target will be the Russian brown bear or grizzly as it is known in Alaska. Kamchatka remains one of the last great pristine wildernesses on Earth and to even get there we need to fly in by helicopter. I’ve put a link in my bio for anyone that might be interested in grabbing these last two places. As I’ve never been before I’ve posted this image of an Alaskan grizzly bear fishing which I captured a few years ago. Our visit to Kamchatka will coincide with the spectacular salmon spawning and this is pretty much what bears do when they fish. If you can get yourself into the right position, or you have a little bit of luck then you might end up having a full grown grizzly bear running toward you. Of course it helps if there’s a salmon in between you and the bear but these are definitely one of those opportunities when it’s best to get as low to the ground as possible. This not only increases the feeling of intimacy but it also has the effect of distancing the backdrop, allowing the photographer to throw it more out of focus. Of course I would have preferred that this bear wasn’t intersected by the featureless white sky but I was too busy trying to maintain focus on a galloping grizzly to worry about whether the backdrop was going to end up being distracting or not. With subjects like bears the best thing to do is to pick your spot and commit, not keep ferreting and fidgeting and doing anything at all that might interrupt their natural behaviour. This image is filled with things that I’d like to improve and so in Kamchatka I might be able to get a volcano in the backdrop. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @tatraphotography #brownbear #grizzlybear #russia #kamchatka #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_

For my Cali humans and animal friends 🌍
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#prayersforcali #animalsonearth #california #takecareofeachother

Heterometrus cyaneus - Giant Asian Blue Forest Scorpion ("ಚೇಳು") - K. Gudi, CHAMARAJANAGAR, Karnataka

A panning shot of Poppy jumping across a small stream in her enclosure... Poppy is a rescue red fox vixen who has been reared by humans since she was young... I have encountered wild foxes and captive foxes on many occasions and I can't fathom where such prominent hatred comes from toward this species, they are intelligent and amazing animals. Sadly many of them are killed for sport across the country. There is a lot of conflict due to the foxes risk toward small livestock, but it takes me back to my dissertation on wolves in Italy, in that many species are totally misconceived and the facts are hazy to those who hate them. And what right do we have to destroy any predator that challenges our practices, I hope there can be coexistence with predators in the future. I think it is humbling to live alongside beautiful predators and most certainly beneficial for the natural world!
#foxes #houndsoff #redfox #vulpesvulpes #earthcapture #femalenaturephotographycom #wildlife_perfection #animal_sultans #naturegeography #nature_perfection #animalelite #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #naturfotografie #bestnatureshot #instanaturefriends #discovernature #ourplanetdaily #majestic_wildlife_ #ig_discover_wildlife #mnhp #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #nature_brilliance #rescueanimal #fox #canidsofinstagram #wildlifeart #panning #nature

Gannet portrait – Using natural frames has always been a very effective way of composing an image, especially if you can frame your subject by using another bird/mammal of the same species. This inquisitive gannet image is improved by the out-of-focus gannet in the foreground whose neck and body allow me to place the main gannet off-centre whilst it’s muted tones of white and yellow also compliment the primary colours of the main bird. By utilising opportunities such as this the resulting image immediately acquires another dimension, another level of depth that, when the alternative would have been to set the gannet against a featureless blue sky then if nothing else it fills the frame with more interest, more detail and more narrative. With a bird that is as sleek and graphic as a gannet though it’s often worth trying to capture that moment when the gannet looks directly at you as this gives a beautiful symmetry to their angular faces. Of course this is yet another element of the intended image that as a photographer you are hoping that will serendipitously collide but on this occasion I got lucky and was able to capture this characterful portrait. Another lucky and unplanned aspect of this image is the way that the blue in the eyes of the gannet are echoed by the blue sky behind and so a lot of different, complimentary elements came together in this image. Not untypically with me it is an old image that my ham-fisted processing had essentially butchered and so this image is a much more faithful rendition of the original RAW file. I wouldn’t suggest that natural frames is something that you go out specifically looking for but try to at least remain aware of the possibilities and then who knows when an appropriate opportunity might arise. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #gannet #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

: Although the jungle was very amazing and spectacle for us. On one location we were to film or photograph in jungle but we couldn't, as it was so misty with few meters on the ground. We couldn't see a thing but we finally got it done with grace and grit, and the will to lead change, the feel of misty winter jungle is truely amazing for our time.
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Rabbit kitten - There are a great many contributory factors to successful wildlife photography and one of the key ones must surely be location. It’s rarely ever just a case of simply finding a species, the trick is to find one in a favourable location, one that makes photography relatively easy rather than a frustrating waste of time and energy. Even with a mammal that’s as abundant as the rabbit I’d never really stumbled upon a decent location for them in Derbyshire, though to be fair it hadn’t at the time been a priority species for me. Nevertheless, of the few places that I had found, and subsequently made a few half-hearted attempts at, the sites were fundamentally flawed. One in particular was simply too large with too low a density of rabbits that, in addition, were skittish and aloof. In contrast however this location that I stumbled upon in Norfolk was quite the opposite and I could see the potential immediately. It was an extremely active warren with a high number of rabbit kittens and both the topography of the ground, and the position of the setting sun all played to my favour. Close proximity to a road and footpath also ensured that the rabbits were reasonably comfortable with the presence of people and dog walkers and so, with all of these beneficial contributory factors the actual photography could not have been easier. I’d simply wait for a lull in the action, or for something to startle the rabbits and send them running for cover. At this point I could simply stroll over, rest my camera on my camera bag and then cover them both with an old coat or scrim netting. I’d then simply lie behind it and wait for about 5 minutes before the first pair of ears would tentatively emerge and from then on it was plain sailing. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @natgeo @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety #rabbit #rabbitkitten #wildlife #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

..... /// King Fisher 001 \\\ ..... This one is a bit different. I have never really posted any wildlife photos at all. That is going to change from now on trust me! 
If I am honest I took this about a month ago but all I can think is that I could off shot it better. Got better framing, composition and so on.
Taking photos of King Fishers is easily one of the hardest subjects I have attempted to photograph. They don't stay still and are too fast. For my first try, I am happy but I will improve 😎
Location > Can't tell you but it is in Barnstaple 😜 
Camera > @ricohimaginguk K-1
Lens > FA 150-450 
Aperture > f5 
Shutter Speed > 1/200 
ISO > 200 
Editing > @adobe --- Website 👉 www.shotbytom.com --- Facebook: ShotByTom2017 👌🏻 ---

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Mute swan cygnet – I know that this new-born cygnet looks completely blissed out and contented as it sits peacefully on its mothers’ back but it’s actually just shaking its head after preening. Having spent months acclimating the adults to my presence, even before the cygnets were hatched, I had at this point been accepted completely by the adults and was treated with the same trust as I would have been had I been one of the family. To capture this image I was standing directly beside the adult female who had this 1-2 day old female cygnet sitting on her back. If you think about it then as beds go that one must be pretty comfortable and is undoubtedly the safest place for the infant swan to sleep. Shooting from this angle however had its limitations but in order to shoot the clean, graphic and clutter free images that I sought this vertically downward perspective was the only way of achieving this. The downside of course is that most of the time I was simply looking at the top of the cygnets head and the only time that her face became visible was when she would preen, or as she is doing now, shake her head. This was always going to be a low-return way of shooting but I do quite like the contented appearance on her face as it looks like she is smiling. Weather permitting, and only overcast days would do, I got to spend the next few weeks with these young swans and I was understandably delighted when all three cygnets grew safely to adulthood and then set off independently to find their own territories and hopefully to raise their own families. I don’t have any concrete plans for next summer but if I am in Derbyshire then I will certainly be checking on the parents again to see if I can revisit the possibilities with these remarkable birds. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #muteswan #swanbaby #cygnet #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_

Mute swan cygnet – I know that this new-born cygnet looks completely blissed out and contented as it sits peacefully on its mothers’ back but it’s actually just shaking its head after preening. Having spent months acclimating the adults to my presence, even before the cygnets were hatched, I had at this point been accepted completely by the adults and was treated with the same trust as I would have been had I been one of the family. To capture this image I was standing directly beside the adult female who had this 1-2 day old female cygnet sitting on her back. If you think about it then as beds go that one must be pretty comfortable and is undoubtedly the safest place for the infant swan to sleep. Shooting from this angle however had its limitations but in order to shoot the clean, graphic and clutter free images that I sought this vertically downward perspective was the only way of achieving this. The downside of course is that most of the time I was simply looking at the top of the cygnets head and the only time that her face became visible was when she would preen, or as she is doing now, shake her head. This was always going to be a low-return way of shooting but I do quite like the contented appearance on her face as it looks like she is smiling. Weather permitting, and only overcast days would do, I got to spend the next few weeks with these young swans and I was understandably delighted when all three cygnets grew safely to adulthood and then set off independently to find their own territories and hopefully to raise their own families. I don’t have any concrete plans for next summer but if I am in Derbyshire then I will certainly be checking on the parents again to see if I can revisit the possibilities with these remarkable birds. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #muteswan #swanbaby #cygnet #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth #exclusive_wildlife #majestic_wildlife_ #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals #majestic_wildlife_ #wildlifephotography

rescuing orangutans and setting them back into their natural habitat. #animalsonearth #animals #orangutans #rescue

Winter Flight

My first post in a while! Been very busy the past few weeks but most of the work is out the way now. Woo!

A few of you will know I've been off photographing wolves at the #ukwct and this is just one of their beautiful Arctic wolves, Sikko. I'll hopefully be posting more images from my time there in the coming weeks.

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