Richard Smart - Nature Photography


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I live in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Forest of Dean. This is a wonderful area for photography with both stunning scenery and wildlife. The Forest of Dean holds all the common woodland birds but some rarities as well, hawfinches, crossbills and lesser spotted woodpeckers being a few. The mammal population, including fallow deer, has been augmented in recent years by wild boar. The latter are proving to be a bit of a nuisance they root up gardens and cricket pitches etc. but they do taste good and many butchers sell boar meat and sausages.

I have always been interested in photography and have specialised in wildlife more recently with a few trips to great areas in Europe such as the Outer Hebrides, Extremadura and the Pyrenees.

Most of my work has been with a Canon EOS 7d and several telephoto lenses but more recently I have decided to ditch the weight of this and go micro 4/3. I now use a Panasonic GX8 and Panasonic/Leica 100-400mm lens. I am a walker who likes to take photos as opposed to a photographer who walks if he has to. Walking in the Pyrenees last autumn with my old heavy gear in temperatures of 35 deg C finally persuaded me to change.

I hope you like browsing through the pictures I have taken, come back periodically as I update the website with newer material.

      See reports of wildlife holidays

  • Extremedura - Spain

  • Wildlife on Ardnamurchan

  • Wildlife in the Pyrenees

  • Common Cranes - Lac du Der, France

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    The photos on the home page are taken from various categories within the site. You can use the navigation links to find whatever you are looking for - assuming I have taken shots of course.

    Want to see a few more selected shots?

    From the top and left to right:
    Grey squirrel, Oystercatcher, Fulmar, Comma, Forest of Dean (Cannop Ponds), Fungus, Hover Flies, Red Kits, Mandarin Duck, Blue Rock Thrush


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