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Pete Walkden

Pete Walkden
Out looking for woodland birds

My Photography

I am a freelance professional photographer based in the West Midlands. My passion is wildlife photography, but never turn my back on any photo opportunity, and am available for commercial, pet and event photography too.

Since 2006 I have been spending any available moment out capturing the wonderful array of wildlife here in the UK, from insects to magnificent eagles. I have travelled extensively in the UK and built up a comprehensive image gallery of everything seen.

Aside from photography I enjoy walking, playing golf (usually badly) and some forms of art, and have recently started to draw again, using my photos as inspiration for caricatures of wildlife. I'm also partial to real ales and single malt whisky, and much like my wildlife photography, I love what originates from the West Coast of Scotland!

Wildlife Subjects

Anyone who follows me on Social Media or reads my blog will know that I have a passion for birds of prey, short-eared owls being a particular favourite. Eagles and other raptors always get my pulse racing, and I have spent a great deal of time on the West Coast of Scotland, in search of them.

With the exception of perhaps gulls, I do generally enjoy photographing any species of bird. I consider myself to be a photographer first, and a birder second. I don't generally chase rarities, but I have taken photographs of quite a few rare visitors to the UK.

Each season in the UK offers something interesting to capture, be it the winter thrushes feasting on the crop of berries, or mountain hares sitting out freezing blizzard conditions on a mountainside, or the migrant woodland birds returning in spring to set up nests once more. The diversity of insects throughout the warmer months and the creatures that rely upon them for survival and feeding their young provide plenty of inspiration. Autumn brings the rut, the glorious colours of deciduous woodlands and the first challenges for the youngsters, plus the migration for many away from our shores.

All the wildlife images on this website are from the wild.

The welfare of the wildlife is paramount and if sensible fieldcraft skills fail to achieve the images I am after, I will leave it for another day.

Equipment

I am a Canon user, purely through preference of the controls layout when I picked up a camera years ago. I have both full and cropped sensor cameras, plus an array of lenses for macro, scenic, portrait and telephoto purposes.

Copyright, Sales, Stock Images

The copyright of all images taken by me remains with me. Please seek permission from me before using them.

More of my images can be found on my Flickr gallery accessible from the Links page, and I also have a growing number of images for sale via Alamy

Guiding

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying elements to my job is helping others to get images of wildlife. Currently I offer workshops near home for the little owls, wildlife tours around Norfolk (barn owls, brown hares, marsh harriers), and further afield on the Isle Of Mull for otters or birds of prey, plus during the winter months, I also provide day tours to see wildlife in Scotland, around the Scottish Highlands.

You may question why you'd book a day out in the Scottish Highlands with me, when I spend most of my time in the Midlands, and not book with one of the local guides in Scotland? Well, you should really try to book with them first, but I know that unless you book early, or they have a cancellation, their time is filled up quickly, so that's when you should contact me.

I have spent weeks in the Scottish Highlands, and on Mull, so have a good knowledge of where to locate the wildlife, and of course how to approach it, hence providing you with what you need to capture images. And, as I work in conjunction with local guide Andy Howard, I always have access to the latest information from his guiding, as to which subjects are likely to provide us with opportunities for photography.

Website

Coming from a background of over 20 years in IT, I have created this website using a combination of HTML5 and CSS. I enjoy tinkering with new features so please let me know if something goes wrong. Wouldn't be the first time!

Social Media

For me, the likes of Twitter and Facebook provide a great route for airing new images or anything else I have created. Links to both of these are on my Home Page and also on Links, where there is a feed from my Twitter account.

I also run a blog to detail some of the adventures I have been on over the years.

Services

I am available for covering events - see here for details. And any commercial photography. Please email me with the details.

With years of photography experience, I can also offer tuition sessions for general or wildlife specific subjects.

I am starting to organise wildlife photography tours now too. As these grow in numbers, I will create a section for them.

And I will soon be offering talks on an array of subjects, also to be added to this website.

Updates

The News Pages provide some of the latest information on my activities, updates and new content on this site. I am enjoying writing articles on species, equipment and locations too, all included in the Articles pages.

Please let me know if I can help with a review of your product(s) or services.