Amateur Wildlife Photography by Tony Hovell


Born very early in the 1950’s a stone's throw from Wormwood Scrubs in London I have always been interested in wild life, but the pressure's of nest building, and bringing up the brood limited the time I could spend. Now the young have fledged I am able to spend more time watching and photographing our wildlife. My main interest is birding, but I will photograph anything that lets me get near enough or stays still long enough.

I used to be content just to watch birds, but after seeing the Long Billed Murrelet at Dawlish in 2006 I realised how good it would be to be able to have photographs of the things I saw, especially when it was only likely to be once in a lifetime, so I started taking photos, firstly just for record shots then, later hoping for something slightly better.

As well as being a late starting photographer I was also into my 50’s before I flew anywhere but recently I have birded in Majorca, Florida, South Texas and Queensland, some of  the pictures I took are here on this site.

My wife, who thank goodness, is also a  birder, and I now live in Ruislip on the North West edge of London, but have a cottage a mile north of Portland Bill in Dorset where we spend as many weekends as possible, this accounts for the high percentage of Dorset wildlife on the site, as well as the Bill itself we are only a few miles from Radipole Lake and Lodmoor, with Abbotsbury, Durlston Country Park, Arne and Poole harbour still within easy reach.

Sadly, I cannot claim to be a great photographer and only a reasonable birder but I hope the combination of the two produces something that may interest you.


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