Northern lights – Norway and Iceland

I have spent prolonged time in both northern Norway (Senja Island) and Iceland. During these times I was mostly there to work with the orcas, however the northern lights proved more reliable. It is not always easy to see the aurora, the first thing you need is clear skies, which is certainly not guaranteed in the Arctic in winter. If you are lucky enough to see the lights do remember that long exposure digital photography has helped to make them look brighter in photographs than they appear to your eyes, however seeing the dancing lights has to be one of the natural wonders of the world!

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Atlantic Puffins

The distinctive breeding colouration of the Atlantic puffin makes this bird one of the most photographed in the world and it is difficult to try and capture a ‘new’ image of them. However, they are so photogenic that when you spend time with them, among the thousands of photos you can’t help but take, something different catches your eye.

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Orcas of Iceland

For the last six years I have been lucky enough to work for Láki Tours in west Iceland, the only whale watch in Iceland that sees orcas regularly. The orcas are mostly there in the spring and early summer feeding on herring. They can also be found there in the winter, if the herring comes in close to land.

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Southern right whales in South Africa

I have now spent three seasons working in Gansbaai, South Africa for Dyer Island Cruises with the Southern right whales that come there to breed. These whales spend the summer months in the sub-Antarctic feeding and then come close to the South African coast in winter to breed. This area is famous not only for boat-based whale watching, but also land-based as they come so close to shore.

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