Arty Mantids

Just a quick post to show some new photos of a couple of my Mantids in a more artistic way than is usual. I decided to venture away from creating shots that look and feel as though they were taken in the wild to something a little more contrived, colourful and maybe, a bit different.…

Peregrine Falcon

A recent shoot of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) produced some striking images of this predator as it plucked a victim with feathers strewn around the carcass. The schedule 1 listed bird of prey has been struggling over recent decades due to illegal persecution by some people associated with the game bird industry with number…

Great Grey Owl

I’ve always been a sucker for Birds of Prey, and Owls in particular, so when I got the chance to photograph this species I jumped at the chance. The Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosi) is a large bird – the longest in length – and primarily inhabits areas of the cooler northern hemisphere.I shot this…

Orchid Mantis

This is my Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) which is now approximately 4 months old and growing quite nicely. She originates from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and is one of several species known as ‘flower mantises‘ from their resemblance and behaviour. She is currently fairly white in colour but will start to adopt shades…

Spiny Flower Mantis

I’ve recently gained a couple of Mantids, one of which is the Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii). This is only a 3rd instar nymph at the moment so has some growing to do. It measures approximately 10-12mm in body length and will probably grow to 35-40mm when mature. Today was its’ first photo shoot and…