Hero By the Fire

It was 1983 the Bavarian pine forest was dark visibility nil, men looking into the flames of a camp fire. The cold air biting at the spine, feet covered in military green wool socks. Hands of all shapes and sizes. Hair long some short, a beard mustache. Clothing black olive and green.

Voices some deep some Scottish English and Irish not many Welsh. The men spoke of Thatcher pay rises and better equipment, gone were Labour no more cuts. Laughter and joking as flames died down, voices quiet travelled through the woods.

Sat next to me was a man I had never seen before a normal man thick black beard covered his face. We spoke and exchanged conversation about life the Army and many subjects.

Silence for a second then the man with the beard said let me tell you a mouth when I Stormed The Embassy in London.

I had been sat next to a Hero a True Hero who put his life on the line to save others.

What a Privilege it was.

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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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