|Siskin in my Salem garden|
I am often asked what gear I am using for taking photographs. I am completely unsophisticated and merely use a Sigma SD14 camera and a Sigma 150-500mm F6.3 stabilised zoom lens.
|Indian Black Ibis - photographed from a boat on the Chambal River, India|
I have only taken photography seriously during the last 10 years or so. Before that I was a fanatical bird ringer until I was struck down with dreadful back problems. Two spinal operations followed and bending under a mist net was out of the question so that is when photography came in useful and began to occupy my time. The stabilised lens is a huge benefit as I can avoid lugging a tripod around on most occasions.
|Timber Wolf - photographed from inside the vehicle at Banff National Park, Canada|
I know I could spend a lot of money on more sophisticated equipment but what I have is a nice compromise and allows me to take it with me all over The World. Airlines are so restrictive on the weight and size of cabin baggage nowadays.
|Great Green Bush Cricket - photographed oin the terrace of my house in Southern France.|
I am so glad that people like looking at my photographs - it helps to be told they are OK otherwise it is all self judgemental.