Category Archives: Nature

Have you ever witnessed a starling murmuration? I’m utterly hypnotised whenever I see a murmuration of starlings and, some may say, obsessed with documenting the behaviour of these gregarious birds as they flock to Blackpool in vast numbers to roost during the autumn and winter months.

Over the past eight years I’ve captured countless murmurations for my award-winning wildlife photography series Starlings Above, and now, with the starlings season already underway, I thought it was time to share a selection of my latest photos and video footage of starling murmurations in Blackpool.

Beacon Fell Country Park is situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area and is an ideal location for a picnic and a spot of photography. Various people have suggested that I visit Beacon Fell over the years and I thought it was about time I went and had a look for myself. Its a lovely place to go for a wander and the light coming through the coniferous woodland in the early afternoon was simply beautiful.

I feel an affinity for the seaside and all things coastal. It makes me happy to live only a minutes walk away from the powerful and vast expanse of the sea.

Last year there was a wonderfully inspiring documentary presented by the poet and author Owen Sheers called Art and the Sea on BBC Four. Unfortunately it’s no longer on the BBC iPlayer, but you can see a short clip from it featuring the photographer Martin Parr here → Martin Parr’s Seaside

“As an island nation the sea has exerted a powerful influence on some of Britain’s best known artists. It has led to some of the finest British paintings from the likes of Constable and Turner and continues to be fertile territory for prominent artists today.” (Quote from the BBC website)

When I woke up this morning I opened the curtains to find a thick blanket of fog covering this seaside town. Fog transforms the aesthetic quality of the landscape and I knew I had to get outside straight away to shoot some images.

The last series I shot in Lytham St. Annes was when it snowed back in December (The Big Freeze) so it was about time I went to see what else I could find.

This photograph of a swan on a nearby lake is one of my favourite images from this morning and made the whole photo-walk a success. I shot a little over a hundred images all along the promenade and beach, but I knew from the moment I pressed the shutter that this photograph was the one I’d feature first on this blog.