About John

Welcome to my website.To view this site as intended you will need to download Adobe Flash Player which is available as a free download at Adobe.

Being a keen birdwatcher since I was a boy, my main interest is British Birds. My photography has become an extension of my birdwatching, initially enabling me to produce a photographic record of my studies in the field.

I have been photographing British Birds for over twenty years, have been successful in local, national and international photographic competitions, and became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1999. Following that success I have gained a reputation as a bit of a slide worker, i.e. a photographer with a standard SLR camera, mainly using Kodak and Fuji slide film.

Launching my website has been a long time coming, primarily because I continued to use film. Having taken thousands of images in slide form, some of which have been very successful for me, it is disappointing to find that those images lose quality through the scanning process, and therefore are not represented in their true form. Nevertheless, those images deserve to be included on the site.

Purchasing a digital camera some five years ago allowed me to compare the original digital images with those images taken on a standard SLR by using both bodies on the same day, using the same lenses and the same lighting conditions. Whilst personally I still prefer a good quality slide to a good quality digital image, with the advancements that have been made in digital technology, the mediums are almost too close to call. Nevertheless, by using the computer, the digital image is superior, if for no other reason than the slide scanning process is not required. You will find on the site a mix of digital images and scanned images from slide, and those of you with a keen eye will be able to tell the difference between the two.

Currently the web is showcasing some stunning natural history websites. I wanted to try something a little different, hence the requirement for Adobe Flash Player.

Being a site showcasing British Bird species, the galleries are split into specific habitats. Whilst this might meet with some conjecture, regarding the overlapping of species into more than one habitat, the general rule of thumb that I have used, is to place the individual species in the habitat where it was photographed. But of course there is the odd exception.

Some of the species shown are Schedule One Protected during the breeding season, and were photographed with permission under Licence from the relevant stautory authorities. The majority of my photography is undertaken on private land, with Landowners permission, and without their help and co-operation my preferred type of photography would be impossible. To offer my thanks via the site to each of the individuals involved would be an impossible task. But I must take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to the Welsh Kite Trust for their assistance with the images of the Red Kite.

Photography generally is selfish hobby, and I think all photographers first and foremost take an image to please themselves. However, if other individuals can gain some enjoyment from the work of others then that becomes a very welcome bonus.

The site was launched in December 2008. Since then it has been continually updated and improved upon including this latest version.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and may be encouraged to return in the future.