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This is my 5,000th post on FM and so it seems like a suitable time to thank everyone else on the terrific N&W forum. Over the years your images and advice have inspired and educated me equal measure. Most of all though viewing such wonderful photo's of the awe inspiring world around us has given me great, great pleasure.
I think my photography has improved since I began participating in this forum. Your work really opened my eyes to what is possible and, whilst I still have a tremendous amount to learn, I'm really enjoying slowly move my photography forward.
Wildlife photography has become even more important to me since I was diagnosed with incurable cancer in April 2011. It is great to have a hobby that involves spending time in beautiful locations, watching nature's fascinating play unfold. I can really forget my situation in these moments. One of my great regrets is that my continuous treatment programme means that I am unable to travel outside of the UK now, how I miss the special trips my wife and I were able to take to Africa, India, Australasia and elsewhere before I was ill. The memories are great though and I know I'm lucky to have them. I love to see the images posted on the forum from far flung and exotic places. And as ever there is a silver lining to not being able to travel as I've been able to focus on some of the great wildlife closer to home.
I write a blog about my illness (though I can't resist throwing in a few photo's too), you can read it here.
And now I'll share a few of my favourite images, I've posted most of these before, I hope you'll indulge the repeat showing.
First a few from Africa (Uganda and Zambia):
1. Chimpanzee brothers playing in the Chambura Gorge:
2. Mountain Gorilla, Bwindi:
3. Martial Eagle, South Luangwa NP:
4. Leopard, South Luangwa NP:
5. Hippo squabble, South Luangwa NP:
6. Elephant mum and baby, South Luangwa NP:
And now to India:
7. Queen of the jungle, Kanha NP:
8. Indian Roller, nr. Satpura NP:
And back home:
9. This fish is having a very bad day:
10. Fox cub:
13. Red Kite:
14. Ducklings heading for the water:
15. Little Owl:
16. Coot feeding chick
We all share a great hobby, thanks for your inspiring posts and for all your feedback on my own shots over the years, it has been very much appreciated!