That Moment.

God Only Knows.

So I awake on a Summers morning. 4.30 on my little Scooter ĺeaving my wife and Bella asleep i head out as I have done for years.

Why do you get up so early?, people ask. You must be mad some people say. What makes you do it?, others ask.

There is a thing called Passion not used or heard a lot in daily conversations but something you need if you want to succeed in life.

I suppose I am lucky that I am Passionate about my family wanting them to be Loved and Happy. My Bella, my photography and my Wood Carving.

When I venture out early in the morning or lie in a field for 4 hours waiting in silence I do it because I love what I do. To share my photography with others is a way of bringing happiness into peoples lives, to make them smile. Showing a dog running, a child laughing or a animal in its natural habitat is just something special.

So Calm but I am feet away.

These moments are the reason I go out early, not to come back and boast about what I got, but to share with the few people that enjoy what I do.

So I ride out and sit against a wall, I am high up on the moors Sunrise is soon. I check my settings, the Curlew calls then the Lapwing. They have their young close by, the Buzzard calls out above me.

The sence of freedom and sounds surrounding me, I stare across the grass to the old barn its 200 feet away but I know the Barn Owl is inside. Waiting for that moment is so exciting.

I look down for a second and look back and its there.

You Beauty

I swallow and get ready for the lighting fast take off, bang its away. Did I get it as it flys low past me hunting. I quickly look t my camera. O My God.

So they as why I do it.

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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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