I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Towards the end of 2005 I acquired the camera (a Panasonic FZ5 ‘bridge camera’) that added a new dimension to my interest in wildlife and the use of telephoto/zoom lenses. By 2006 my enthusiasm was taking over. I bought a Panasonic FZ30 and then an FZ50 (after dropping the 30). These bridge cameras gave me much pleasure but sadly not too many photos from that era have survived in my 'print possible' folder.
I began reading about the benefits of DSLRs and in the spring of 2007 I acquired a Nikon D80. The die was set. I now own a series of Nikon DSLRs and lenses. I was lucky enough to purchase a Nikon 300mm VR lens before the prices went up, and now use it with 1.4x and 2x converters. Also I have an all-purpose/travel lens - a Sigma 50-500mm OS. This has proved to be a very flexible and valued companion (e.g. for birds in flight, butterflies, dragonflies, wild flowers etc.).
Like many others with similar interests, I have joined various clubs and societies including: Somerset Ornithological Society, Surrey Bird Club, Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, RSPB, Birds Caribbean, West Somerset Railway Association. All, along with the ever useful internet, have been very helpful in pursuit of my hobby. Also, along the way, many people have both helped and encouraged me. Needless to say, I am very grateful to them all.
Finally, a word or two on my view of the future of this website. I intend to use a significant number of photographs, some of which date back to 2006 and it may, therefore, take a little while to get everything uploaded. For the future I shall endeavour to keep existing entries up to date, display a selection of new/recent photos and replace indifferent images with better quality photographs where possible. With the exception of the home page display, many of the images that appear on the website will have been significantly downsized. I shall keep this matter under review and make changes where reasonably practicable.
David Rayner, December 2013