I’m making progress! Yes, the material for the new Wild Philippines book is starting to come together, which is just as well because the deadline is starting to loom!
So the latest development is that I’ve processed images far enough that I’m now able to publish a gallery of sample images. Yippee! That’s not an ironic yippee, I have to say – I’ve been struggling to reach this point for ages!
Anyway, you can see a few images here, but I’ve put together a much bigger gallery, of 40 photos, on the website. You can see all these photos by clicking on the link below:
There’s no formal system of putting in advance orders for Wild Philippines as yet – that will come later – but if you think you’re going to want a copy (or copies even) then get in touch and let me know!
Continuing with the second Wild Philippines photo shoot, here’s a second video about a couple of days I spent with the Mabuwaya Foundation, working with Philippine crocodiles, in the far north of the Philippines.
This video shows reptile expert Joey Brown fitting a captively reared juvenile crocodile with a radio transmitter that will enable it to be tracked once it is released back into the wild. The young croc was due to be released the next day, so the transmitter had to be fitted then.
I’ve just finished the second photo shoot for the Wild Philippines project, so all the photography for that upcoming book is now complete. All I have to do is wade through thousands of photos and write 50,000 words to put the text together!
Working with crocodiles
A part of the second photo shoot was spent with people from an organisation called the Mabuwaya Foundation, who are working to save the Philippine Crocodile from extinction. This species is unique to the Philippines, and is highly endangered, with only about 200 left in the wild.
Here you can see the first of three videos that I took showing their work, including the release of three young crocodiles into the wild, one more step towards restoring the animals’ numbers.
Treating an injured crocodile
In this video you’ll see a sub-adult Philippine crocodile that was originally released into the wild some time ago, but which has come back to the Mabuwaya’s rearing centre due to injuries sustained when it was attacked by dogs.
The video shows the crocodile being brought out of one of the centre’s ponds and then receiving treatment to its damaged tail.
The two remaining crocodile videos will follow shortly, followed by more video diaries from the second photo shoot.
I hope you enjoy this video. I’ll look forward to your comments.
I’m finally just about to head off to the Philippines to start the Wild Philippines project! This has been in planning for quite some time, and has already become something of a saga, but at long last from tomorrow (ie 6th Feb) it’ll become practical action.
Wild Philippines will eventually turn into a new book of that name, a major publication about the natural habitats and the amazingly unique wildlife the Philippine islands, both on land and under the water. Publication will be by Oxford-based John Beaufoy Publishing and is scheduled for sometime in 2019.
There’ll be two trips for this project, this first one running until early March, with the second trip a little later in the spring or early summer.
I’m hoping to run a bit of a video diary and blog as the trip progresses, so stay tuned to this page to see more! Meanwhile, here are a few sample images from previous Philippines trips, plus a little video clip – actually shot in the Maldives, not the Philippines – as a bit of a taster for what’s to come with the underwater photography. Just note that there is no sound with this little clip. I hope you like it!
So, two thirds of the way through my autumn programme of photography workshops. Just two more to go – Exmoor in Autumn, and Dartmoor in Autumn. The first is supposed to be happening tomorrow (21st Oct), but with Storm Brian soon to sweep through the course has been postponed to Sunday. The Dartmoor workshop will follow next weekend, on 28th October. After that, apart from the occasional personalised one-to-ones it’ll be the winter ‘recess’, until the courses kick off again next spring.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from two of the courses I’ve run in the past few weeks – Jurassic Coast landscapes on 7th Oct, and Wildlife Photography (which I ran for the Royal Photographic Society), on 14th Oct. I hope you like the photos.
I’ve just finished putting together the details for a photography tour to the Isles of Scilly, a stunning little archipelago sitting in the Atlantic about 30 miles southwest of Land’s End, mainland Britain’s most southwesterly tip.
Spread over five days/four nights the tour will run 14th-18th April 2018, and will be based at the attractive Wingletang guest house on St Mary’s, the Scillies’ main island.
What to expect
Photography highlights will include:
The islands’ rugged coastal landscapes and seascapes, which include beautiful curving sandy beaches, interspersed with rocky granite outcrops, headlands and islets;
The abundant marine wildlife, consisting of hundreds of mainly grey seals and thousands of sea birds, particularly shags, razorbills and guillemots, as well as the occasional dolphin, spread mainly across the hundreds of uninhabited islands and especially the wild Western Rocks, the last sentinels of the Scillies, exposed to the full force of the Atlantic;
The world-famous Abbey Gardens, on the island of Tresco, home to hundreds of species of plant from 80 countries around the world, including Brazil, South Africa, the Canaries and New Zealand. This is a rare opportunity to see sub-tropical plants growing outdoors in the UK, thanks to the Scillies’ mild climate.
How to find out more and how to book
All the tour’s details, including price, accommodation links, how we’ll get around the islands and how to get to the Scillies, are on the website. To get to the right page, just click on the link below:
Fortunately, it turns out that the winner of my Facebook and Twitter followers prize draw lives not too far away from me, so I was able to present Paul Steven with his signed copy of Wild Southwest myself.
That happened two days ago at a photography event in Taunton, Somerset, so Paul is now the happy owner of a copy of my latest book. Below is a photo of the occasion – that’s me on the left. Photo taken by Alain Lockyer.
You may, or may not, remember that last autumn I promised to run a prize draw for everyone following me on Twitter or Facebook at the end of 2016, the prize of course being a signed copy of my latest book, Wild Southwest. Well, pulling all the names together proved to be a gargantuan task, but I got there in the end. So the prize draw has finally happened.
And the winner is…. Paul Steven, an amateur photographer in Somerset. I will be personally giving him his signed book tomorrow – as luck has it we’ll both be in Taunton at the same time. I hope he enjoys the book.