A Grateful Dawn

Wiping my eyes, looking across to a gap in the curtain, I see the sun shining.

The unmistakable sound of the Song Thrush echoes above me.

Another day in the life of the photographer begins.

Camouflage I think for today, as I dress for the occasion.

My field clothing

Battery charged. SD card in. Clean lens.

I walk slowly down the country lane.

Moving slowly I use all the skills I learned in the military.

The track bends to the left, and sitting on the path is a hare enjoying the peace.

Dawn Hare

Sitting down, I take in the clean country air and gaze up to see the blue sky; the Buzzard is on his first flight of the day.

Buzzard Soring high

Quietly I wait for a sound, a movement – anything to photograph.

Hours pass.

As I stand to move away I see it.

Roe Deer

Good morning – where is your family?

It is OK – I will leave you in peace.

I back away with the wind in my favour.

I turn to make my way through an open field with sheep and young lambs.

Mum cleans the baby lamb, who has started his very short life.

Welcome to the world

As I arrive back, I sit down and reflect.

I spent the last three hours in total silence with creatures not many people see in their lifetime.

YoungRed Fox Cub

The door opens and my darling wife walks in and kisses me.

How are you today Ron?

I’m very content and grateful for the wonderful life I have.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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