Eye level

by Helen Hooker May. 10, 2016 2317 views

I enjoyed a wonderful time at the British Wildlife Centre with my friend Sophia today for one of their photographic days. One of the best features of the afternoon and evening was being able to go inside the fox, Scottish wildcat and otter enclosures with Izzie, one of the keepers. This allowed us to get down really low to capture some eye level portraits of the animals. No doubt I'll ache all over tomorrow, after six hours of crawling around on the ground on my stomach, holding two kilos of camera gear. However, I'm so pleased with the resulting photos that it's definitely worth a few aches and pains!

We started off inside one of the fox enclosures. This is Biscuit, the centre's oldest fox. She's looking a little scruffy these days but she was an absolute pro at posing obligingly for us!

Right at the end of the evening we visited the other fox enclosure and I went wide angle to capture a close encounter with Dobby, one of the younger foxes. His father was Frodo, who I photographed here many times, and I think you can see the family resemblance here [photoblog.com]!

This is Macavity, one of the Scottish Wildcats. He's very good at staring intently into the lens!

Macavity on the prowl

Next we met Kendra, who has just had kittens.

Kendra sniffing the air

Having got us all lined up Izzie threw some food for Kendra to chase and we all snapped away. She was only too happy to snaffle all the food that was going - no doubt she needs the fuel with kittens to feed.

The stoats were the fastest animals we photographed all day. Fortunately this one paused for us occasionally!

Inside the otter enclosure we had opportunities to photograph them on land and in the water

One of the Centre's smallest creatures, a harvest mouse

This hedgehog is called Turbo and we could understand why when Izzie put him on the ground - we had just a couple of seconds to catch our photos before he scuttled off in the opposite direction!

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Ros Mercury 4 years, 6 months ago

Wowwwwwww no.13 & 16, plus the mices are just phenominal. bravo.

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

Amazing work Helen.

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John Parsons 4 years, 6 months ago

Great captures dear Helen - love them all - the cats seem even more fearsome than any of the other animals!!

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 6 months ago

Just brilliant can't chose a favourite they are all fantastic.

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Abe Jackson 4 years, 6 months ago

Helen, these are awesome captures.

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Brenda Nelson 4 years, 6 months ago

What a special set, Helen! I adored every one of them - and appreciated the names and commentary. But...18 & 20 stole my heart! These belong in NatGeo!

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 6 months ago

A delightful series Helen.
Made me feel good!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 4 years, 6 months ago

oh definetly, great set.

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