Nigel's Wildlife Photography Blog: 2021
 
 
Sunday 24th February 
 
Online Training With Our Marine Mammals
 
 
Something a bit different today, just spent an enjoyable day on an online Marine Mammal Survey training.  Really hoping to get back on the water later in 2021 and see them again in real life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Monday 19th January 
 
Zooming Through Lockdown
 
 
I am not sure "zooming Through Lockdown" is happening at the moment, it does seem to be slower than the previous two lockdowns and there may be plenty of reasons why.  Perhaps its the lighter nights, perhaps its the snow and blue sky that many parts of Britain seem to be having reasonably regularly, perhaps its having to postpone and cancel various trips and work scheduled for the first three months of 2021.  But staying safe is definitely the key, so fingers crossed to everyone for the future.
 

BUt I am indeed zooming through lockdown, a year ago, I did not have zoom on any of my devices, and here I am ten months after the initial zoom download using it several times a week.
This has been for a very wide range of activities which include attending  talks from lots of different organisations both comercial as well as both wildlife and photography.  I have also given a reasonable number of talks to various organisations ranging from a ten minute overview through to a 90 minute photographic lecture.

Christmas day saw me helping out a friend who had organised a photographic social event via zoom for people who were alone on Chrismas day, and that was enjoyable.

I have even done a few training courses via zoom, and they say you are never too old to learn.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Obviously I cannot show all of my images here that have now been seen online via zoom, but these are a very small selection of various "Zooming Through Lockdown" images shown over recent months.

Remember that other platforms are also available for online talks and learning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
If anone reading this would like to add to my "Zooming Through Lockdown" then please get in touch.  If you don't already have my contact details, then please use the "contact Nigel" tab which is found on the left hand menu of my website.
Also, I am continuing to take "regular" bookings for my talks for 2021 and beyond.  Many organisations are booking a future date that is reasonably well ahead, and then we can decide nearer the time if this will be a traditional face to face talk, or be presented via zoom.  Again please get in touch if this appeals and you want to book in advance and are not sure if a face to face visit is possible or not. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Obviously not much happening on my memory cards at the moment, so I guess these images wont need much of an introduction, but I enjoy trying to keep a bit of an updated blog.

 

In the meantime, "Zooming Through Lockdown" is good,

Please Stay Safe Everyone.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Tuesday 12th January
 
Scottish Islands Sold
 
 

Several weeks ago, I saw an advert online for photographers to submit images of Scottish Islands to be used as part of an ongoing campaign to promote visitors to some of the many island destinations in Scotland.  Having myself visited around 100 islands around the British coast, I thought I would summit a few images and see if any of them were considered.  After a look around my hard drives I selected over 75 images uploaded them into dropbox and sent a message to the organisation.

As with many of these things, you dont hear anything for a while, and then suddenly I was really pleased to recieve an email informing me they wished to purchase the image rights from me for a good number of these images.  

Life as a feelance wildlife and photography guide has not been the easiest during the past 12 months, and this was welcome news along with the payment into my bank account a few days later.

I dont make a huge effort to sell images, but perhaps its an area in which I should try a little harder.  If anybody would like to purcase any images please get in contact.

From my perspective, I can't wait to get back to the situation when I can revist Scotland again, the islands are a fantastic place for walking, exploring, wildlife, relaxing and photography.  Indeed my fingers are very firmly crossed that I will be able to proceed with my plans which include visits to at least a dozen islands later in 2021.  But in the meantime, here is a small selection of the images that you might see used as part of the ongoing campaign promoting tourism to Scottish Islands.

The Islands that my images that were selected include: Bernaray, Canna, Coll, Easdale Island, Eigg, Eriskay, Flodaigh, Harris, Kerrera, Lismore, North Uist, Scalpay and Vatersay.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday 6th January 
 
Social Distances 
 
 
Nobody needs a reminder from me on here about how important it is to ensure that we all comply with the Covid-19 rules, regulations and laws.  Indeed we all know that it is obviously much better to stay indoors at home away from other people as much as possible.  That when we do venture ou on our daily exercise that we should all keep our social distances as high as possible.  It is obviously much, much better to keep 10 meters or even 20 meters away from others rather than 2 metres.  We all know the greater the distance apart the less chance of virus spread.
 
 
Social Distancing with a drone - Depending on exatly what qualification the drone pilot holds, the weight of the drone, along with your location and the proximity of other people, buildings, and roads, social distancing is part of the way drones are flown.  The absolute minimum "social distance" you need to be away from others is 50 meteres (and in some situations this increases to 150 meters or more.)
 
 
Whilst I am no expert on the spread of Covid-19 or on drone law, it would appear that flying your drone within the drone rules and laws is indeed showing good social distancing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Monday 4th January
 
Here We Go Again
 
 
The health and associated Covid-19 situation in Britain is constantly changing and as as result tonight we are back in lockdown. or "tier five" depending on how things are portrayed.  I make a conscious deliberate effort not to discuss politics and associated subjects on my website, blog, and social media.  Therefore my only comment for tonight is that once again it would appear that I may have more time to spend on garden photography. 
 
The pheasant below was photographed whilst standing in my garden during the first 2020 lockdown, it will hopefully be interesting to see what images the next few months bring.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Friday 1st January
 
 
Welcome To Another Year
 
 
A Very Happy New Year to everyone who reads this my blog, both to regular readers and anyone who may just have happened to stumble across this page.
Also I want to take the opportunity to say Thank You for your ongoing support which is also extended to everyone who follows me on either Instagram or Facebook where in 2020 I managed over 370 posts on each of the two platforms.   It takes quite a few hours each month to to update both this blog, and quite a bit of time each day to update social media, but the positive feedback is fantastic and therfore Thank You to everyone for this continued and really appreciated support.
 
 
 
 

Over the past few years, I have started the year with a few thoughts on my plans for the year ahead.  But after the happenings of 2020 and the considerable change to mine (along with everyone elses) plans, I am a bit reluctant to do too much of the same this year.

But life has continued and allthough plans for the future are very different, I thought it is worthwhile to add a few thoughts again this year.

 

I have already scapped four weeks winter wildlife photography in Scotland which was due to start in about a weeks time, and obviously I am not confident that any of my previously constructed plans for the first three months of 2020 will progress.

Therefore I am concentrating my efforts on arranging both personal trips along with my photography and guiding work from May 2021 onwards, although this may also all change.

 
 
 
 

Probably my best chances of achieving something productive are to remain in Britain, therefore my current plans are to try and visit a few more Scottish Islands both working and for personal projects.  I have commited to visits to various locations which I have previously visited including Barra, Harris, the Uists, and the Monach Islands.

Probably the most remote of the newly rearranged visits is to the Flannen Islands where in 1900 the lighthouse keepers disappeared in mysterious circumstances.  This trip was previously arranged for June 2020, along with a visit to the even more remote and rarely visited island of North Rona.

 

During last years summer months, I realised I had amassed images of just under 100 British lighthouses during my time on or near to the seas that surround our shores.  I will probably continue to sort these images and will make an effort to add to these during the year ahead particularly as some of these locations are served by some famous, scenic and dranatic lighthouses.

The image below is of Scalpay Lighthouse which is on the tiny island of the same name which is linked to Harris by bridge.  I am pleased to report this image is one of several Scottish island landscapes which during December I sold to a Scottish tourist organisation as part of their online publicity work promoting the islands of Scotland. 

 
 
 
 

My landscape photography is always something that I seem to dabble at rather than take very seriously, but I feel I should make an effort in 2021 to try a bit harder to take a few more shots, and try harder to then upload the results rather than leave them on my various hard disks.

The image below is of Portland Bill lighthouse in Dorset, and is a gentle reminder to myself that I do visit other areas of Britain other than Scotland and Leicestershire.  I do take other images other than wildlife, and I should post a few of these images,  Indeed this image has probably not left my hard drive since the evening that I pressed the shutter.  I will also make a bit of an effort to add a few birds eye views from my drone, because this is also something I wish to progress las the year progresses.

 
 
 
 
 

The John Muir Trust

Over the past few years, I have been doing some colabatorive wildlife and photography work with the conservation charity the John Muir Trust.  Unfortunately plans for a large joint project in November 2020 had to be put on hold.  But we are looking at a new date starting in mid May of this year, but I will await an update on the Covid situation before updating my blog furtherfurther.

The conservation trust used my Golden Eagle image as one of their 2020 Christmas card images, (they also used ne f my Ptarmigan images) and both of these image will also feature later in our 2021 project if the plans progress, fingers crossed.

 
 
 
 
 

2022

Interestingly, a few days ago I spent an hour on the phone to a good friend were we continued discussing plans for 2022 onwards.  Currently this seems much more likely in terms of overseas trips along with new previously seen species and locations, and as we have started a new year, it does not feel quite so far ahead.

The prospect of some cold wintery photography becomes mixed as I get older, but the thought of a new location and some new species is to hard to resist, lets see what the next few years brings as hopefully the world escapes the current health situation, and once again in this blog post, I find myself thinking and writing "fingers crossed" for everyones plans, hopes, and aspirations for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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