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Troubled Waters

Derwent Water

The Plough over Howden

The Plough, or Ursa Major over Howden Reservoir in the Peak District

Winter Sunset

Newborough Warren beach at sunset

Valkyries

Aurora Borealis over Lauvesnes village; Flatanger Komunne, Nord Trondelag. The bright light on the left is my friend Oles' back yard light - one day I'll get around to removing it! The Norse legends have it that the Northern Lights are Valkyries riding out across the battlefield - hence the title.

Ice on the Falls

Partly frozen waterfall, Cwm Idwal, North Wales

Calm Waters and Stormy Skies

God Rays

Stormy skies extinguishing the last rays of sunlight over Gradbach in the Peak District National Park.

Contre-jour

Late afternoon sunlight on Axe Edge in the Peak District

The Cold Light of Day

A panoramic view of Gradbach from Wildboarclough in the Peak District

European Adder on Sandstone

A Dark Peak female adder in a threat posture. The Dark Peak, Eastern Moors, Derbyshire. UK.

European Adder

Pale phase male European Adder from a unique site in the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire. UK.

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 2

Another slow-shutter gull shot

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 1

Herring Gulls are supposed to be the souls of sailors lost at sea - a slow shutter speed does make it look that way!

"Like Shelling Peas"

Even straight into a setting sun these eagles never miss.

Porth y Post

Porth y Post, a small bay on Anglesey.

"Moonshine"

A nearly monochromatic composite image derived from 3 in-situ frames.

Derwent Water

A view of Derwent Water in the Lake District with Barrow and Skiddaw in the background.

"Hurry By"

A stack of 150x 30sec exposures

"Solitude"

A solitary hawthorn bush clings to a north-facing slope in the Peak District National Park.

"Sentinals". Tree reflection in flood water.

English Oaks reflected in a flooded wheat field surrounded by early morning mist.

"At Full Stretch". A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A Norwegian White-tailed eagle giving a fishing demonstration.

"On High Alert". A Red Fox at first light.

Red Fox in dappled early morning light.

Fryers Bay

The old World War II Catalina slip-way at Saunders Roe, now Faun, on Anglesey North Wales.
A composite of two "in-situ" images.

Winter Sunset

Newborough Warren beach at sunset

The Plough over Howden

The Plough, or Ursa Major over Howden Reservoir in the Peak District

Derwent Water

A view of Derwent Water in the Lake District with Barrow and Skiddaw in the background.

Derwent Water

Porth y Post

Porth y Post, a small bay on Anglesey.

Troubled Waters

"Hurry By"

A stack of 150x 30sec exposures

"Moonshine"

A nearly monochromatic composite image derived from 3 in-situ frames.

"Solitude"

A solitary hawthorn bush clings to a north-facing slope in the Peak District National Park.

"Sentinals". Tree reflection in flood water.

English Oaks reflected in a flooded wheat field surrounded by early morning mist.

"Like Shelling Peas"

Even straight into a setting sun these eagles never miss.

"At Full Stretch". A White-tailed Sea Eagle.

A Norwegian White-tailed eagle giving a fishing demonstration.

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 2

Another slow-shutter gull shot

"The Souls of Dead Sailors" 1

Herring Gulls are supposed to be the souls of sailors lost at sea - a slow shutter speed does make it look that way!

White-tailed Eagle

A female White-tailed Eagle feeding on a Ptarmigan in heavy blizzard conditions.

Eagle and Raven

A White-tailed Eagle allows a Raven to take a few morsels from the corpse of a Red Fox it is scavenging from.

Arctic Fox

"Hello Pretty Lady"..

A female Arctic Fox ventures out of her snow den to begin her daily search for food.
It's February, and her wonderful winter coat is looking somewhat less than pristine in places especially behind those ears.

But with those dark hazel eyes she's still the prettiest thing to look at!

The Surveyor

Resting on one foot, this contented male White-tailed Eagle surveys his domain from his favourite perch.

Snow Eagle

A female White-tailed Eagle perched on top of a stunted pine tree in heavy snow.

Hi Key Lynx

A high key image of a Lynx in Central Norway.

Morning Dip

A White-tailed Eagle takes it's first fish of the morning, strongly backlit against the inky black water of a sheltered Norwegian fjord.

Intent to Cause..

A Lynx is about to kill a ptarmigan in deep snow - the prey is just inches in front of the cats nose.

Move It Sunshine

A White-tailed Eagle coming in to land on a snow covered carcass - a Hooded Crow struggles to get out of the eagles way.

Just Chillin'

A male White-tailed eagle relaxing.

Top of the Tree

A male White-tailed Sea Eagle standing on the snow covered top limb of a dead pine tree in the Smalielva region of Flatanger in Norway.

"The Watcher"

The only problem with moving inland to find food is that the White-tails are in direct competition with the resident population of Golden Eagles; whose level of aggression is far higher than our gregarious sea eagles.
The Golden Eagles cruise at height when looking for food, if they spot a White-tail feeding they fall upon it and drive it off its food.
This mature male White-tail is aware of the threat and spends half his time scanning the sky for potential danger.

"Dark Angel"

When winter conditions become cold enough for the coastal waters to freeze over the Flatanger sea eagles have to move inland in order to find food. This female White-tailed eagle was photographed from a hide up in the mountains of Smalielva - sitting in a hide for 8 hours in -25 Celsius doesn't seem to matter when you are in the company of these magnificent birds.