My first photoshoot with a cat!

As you can probably tell from previous blog posts, I’m a bit of an animal lover.  And there’s no animal I love more than a cat.  So when my friend Libby asked if I’d get some photos of her friends’ cat I jumped at the chance!

We popped round to see Stacey and her little bundle of trouble, Effy.  Effy is definitely one of the more lively cats I’ve seen – zooming all over the place and not at all scared to use her claws.

I knew a photoshoot with a cat would be fun.  Cats aren’t always too keen to have their photos taken so I took a long lens (Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ) for getting photos at a distance, and a fast lens (Sony 50 mm f/1.8) for capturing speedy photos. 

Stacey and Libby kept Effy entertained with toys and food while I snapped away.  Here’s my favourite ten photos from the shoot.

Valentine’s Day at Beale Park

In the midst of one of the rainiest and dullest winters I can remember, today, Valentines Day, was forecast to be nice and the sun was due to put in a rare appearance.  So I headed to Beale Park in Berkshire to see and photograph some of the many animals they have.  Love was in the air…

Canada 2015 – Wildlife

For the first blog post of 2016, some photos from last year when I went to Canada.  I’ve got lots of photos to share form my Canadian adventures… just ten at a time of course. 

One of the things I was looking forward to seeing and photographing was some of the wildlife that inhabits Canada.  On my list of wildlife to shoot, well photograph, was a whale, a moose, and a beaver.  I managed two of three, but had to cheat a bit with both of those as you’ll see below.  It’s disappointing to miss out on some of the wildlife I wanted to see so I guess I’ll just have to return to try again some time.

Most of the photos are from the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland where I spent the majority of my holiday.  

I did a whale spotting boat tour with O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours from Bay Bulls.  When I went, on an overcast day in September, it was just out of whale season and no whales appeared.  But I did photograph some puffins and eagles in the wild.  It was very cold out on the water so if you ever go be sure to take a big coat!  Ironically when we got back to dry land the weather started to improve and quickly became warm and sunny.

I also visited Salmonier Nature Park which is a government run conservation park.  The park is so vast that all the animals have lots of space which is always nice to see.

An Animal Experience at The Animal Experience

I recently visited The Animal Experience in Cambridgeshire for a meerkat experience.  

The Animal Experience is a family run business which specialises in education and entertainment using animals.  The team run their centre but also undertake school visits, events, and the like.  

Kayleigh and Lee made me feel welcome as I got into the meerkat enclosure to play with the meerkats, feed them their favourite treat of mealworms, and of course get some photos!  The experience only lasted thirty minutes but it was plenty of time to meet the entire meerkat family and get clambered on by pretty much all of them.

As well as the meerkats, The Animal Experience have a wide range of other animals.  Kayleigh was more than happy to get some of the animals out for photographs.  I’d love to return one day to get more photos close up.

Duck Tales

Over recent weeks I’ve been a regular visitor to Weston General Hospital, which seems to have become home to a family of ducks. A few weeks ago a some ducklings appeared, and for each of the last four Sundays I’ve managed to photograph them and see them grow up.

It’s been wonderful to see how quickly they’ve grown, I hope the photos below give you a sense of this.

I’m not sure when they’ll be big enough to fly away, I just hope they manage to avoid being served up as hospital food.

(Update for 1st June 2014 – I managed to make it for the fifth Sunday in a row – on the first anniversary on Just10Photos! – a new photo added at the bottom of the page.)