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PLEASE NOTE: All lectures must be confirmed with a hard copy of the booking by post. We reserve the right to cancel if this is not done. However, we are always willing to comply with polite requests if this is overlooked.
Birds and Wildlife of the Northern Territory, Australia (1 ½ hours - 35mm slide film) This is a spectacular talk, featuring some of our finest work to date. It includes many of the strange and beautiful birds, wildlife and landscapes of this charismatic, ancient wilderness. We spent three weeks in a 4wd camper and travelled from Darwin through Kakadu and down to Victoria River Road House. We worked from dawn until dusk (and sometimes beyond) hoping to photograph Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove and Purple-crowned Fairy Wren amongst others.
Coto Donăna and Costa de La Luz (1 ½ hours on digital) This is a place close to my heart, the jewel in the crown of Europe’s nature reserves. This vast wetland is host to thousands of flamingos and wading birds. Eagles and other raptors glide above the marshes, while Bee-eaters and two species of Nightjar can be found on the tracks – and that is just for starters. After four trips, Peter and I have a superb collection of photographs from here including many close ups of Bee-eaters, White-headed Duck, Red-necked Nightjar and many of the specialities of this remarkable area.
Birding with Cameras in Britain (3 hrs - 35mm slide film) Most organisations book us for two or three consecutive meetings for this talk. The lecture has evolved over twenty years and includes portraits of our common and uncommon birds. There is a definite west-country flavour to the talks, although wildlife from many other parts of the UK are featured in the second half with birds from Wales and Scotland. It begins with the birds in our garden in Devon, up to Dartmoor, the west-country coast and then the rest of the UK.
Birds of the Gambia (2 hours - 35mm slide film). This talk is colourful, highly acclaimed and has been in great demand as word of it has spread. We took three visits to the Gambia (October, November and January – 5 weeks in all) working independently from dawn until dusk, hiring drivers and travelling throughout the country - a great adventure. Our main aim was to take the ultimate photograph of the beautiful Egyptian Plover. We were not disappointed with the result. We have amassed a wonderful collection of photographs of the birds of this fascinating country.
Wildlife of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico (2 hours - 35mm slide film). One of the most memorable moments of our lives was being present during the dramatic and successful rescue of a stranded Grey Whale. Our 12 day voyage down the Pacific coast of Baja and up into the Sea of Cortez was a profound experience which gave us the opportunity to take close up shots of many sea mammals, including four species of whale, Elephant Seals, Guadalupe Fur Seals, Sea Lions and more. After leaving the boat Peter & I continued on land to in order to photograph the birds of the Baja Peninsula. Of all of our talks, it is my personal favourite, due to the profound experience of close contact with the Grey Whales, as they carried their young to our to our boats. They were as curious about us as we were about them. Later, in the Sea of Cortez, a Blue whale and a Bryde’s Whale lunged and fed right next to our boat - what could be better.
Birds of Southern Florida and the Dry Tortugas (2. ¼ hours - 35mm slide film). Again a highly acclaimed talk. We have visited Florida three times (well I have - Peter only twice), and have learned about the best places to find birds. The talk covers Florida south from Orlando, both east and west coasts all the way down to Key West and on to the Dry Tortugas (tiny islands in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico) to photograph the migrant birds on their journey north.
Wildlife of Pilanesburg South Africa (1 ½ hours - 35mm slide film) . Pilanesburg is a huge, long extinct, volcanic crater that has become a nature reserve in north central area of South Africa. Home to the ‘Big Five’, and claiming to be one of the easiest places to see wild African mammals in South Africa, this talk features many close ups of the mammals and birds of this spectacular reserve, and has proved to be a very popular over the last few years.
Wildlife of the Cayman Islands (1 ¼ hours - 35mm slide film). I considered calling this one birding in paradise. It's a lovely talk, just the right size for one meeting and includes humorous anecdotes from the gentle, humorous and honest islanders (the best storytellers we have encountered). It features shots of the rare Cayman Brac Parrot, many other birds animals and landscapes from all three of the Cayman Islands and includesimages from 'Stingray City' where we swam with these graceful creatures in the shallow waters of the bay.