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Ring-Necked Parakeet

Here are a couple of shots of a ring-necked parakeet taken at Broad Colney Lakes nature reserve in Hertfordshire.  For once it was a pleasure to observe a parakeet feeding in relative silence as they are infamous for being very noisy.

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Jaguar

The following shots of a Jaguar were taken at the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire. A fantastic looking big cat and although  elusive on the day, probably due to the dismal weather, a small  opportunity eventually presented itself.  Many more details here: http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/default.aspx

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Skylark over Cornflower Field

Here are a few shots of a skylark hovering above a lush blue cornflower field located in London Colney, Hertfordshire.

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Puma

Here are a few shots of a Puma (aka mountain lion, panther or indeed cougar) taken at the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire.  This unique and stunning looking specimen is the second largest cat in North America with the largest being  the Jaguar.  Amazingly, for such a large cat the puma cannot roar, instead it growls, purrs and hisses just like a domestic cat.

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Eurasian Wildcat

Here are a few shots of the muscular and highly aggressive Eurasian Wildcat taken at the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire.  I used my 50mm prime lens which provides a lovely blurred background and actually makes the wildcat look more like a domestic cat and perhaps cute and cuddly.  However, picture 4 clearly demonstrates the aggressive side of its nature.

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Amur Leopard

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire with professional wildlife photographer Peter Smart.  The Cat Survival Trust is little known and not open to the pubic (members only) and its primary objective is to house an array of rare and incredible wild cat species for education and conservation purposes.  Currently the Trust houses a number of wild cats which include the Asian Wild Cat, Serval, Caracal Asian Golden Cat, Amur Leopards, Puma, Jaguar and Snow Leopard.  The following shots are of the Amur Leopard which is deemed critically endangered with approximately 45 adults left in the wild, making it the most endangered big cat in the world (yes the world!).  To get up close and personal with such a rare big cat was fabulous and indeed a highlight of the day.  Thanks also must go to the wonderful staff, who I hasten to add are unpaid volunteers and do a wonderful job of ensuring the survival of big cats.  Many more details here: http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/default.aspx

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Kingfisher

Having been a keen amateur photographer for nearly three years now, one of my main aims was to capture the elusive kingfisher; however, only twice have I seen a this bird, and by that I mean a blue flash travelling at great speed, with absolutely no opportunity to have my camera at the ready.    Taking all this into consideration, I presumed that the only way to achieve this was in the company of a professional photographer or attending a workshop.  However, whilst at Wilstone reservoir in Hertfordshire, I was spending a considerable amount of time trying to capture wrens that were fleeing in and out of the reed beds, when I noticed a kingfisher speed past my front; but this time he perched on a branch for approximately 50 seconds.  Although this seems quite a long period of time, panic mode took over as I tried to get my camera to focus and avoid the annoying branches that were blocking my field of view.  In the end I achieved what I consider to be three average shots – had I been a bit closer, the kingfisher may not have perched at all and I wouldn’t be writing this post.  I suppose that three shots that are not as sharp as I would have liked are better than nothing at all.

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