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Hello and welcome to my website, which displays many of the wildlife images I have taken over the years. 

My name is Kevin Elsby and I live in East Anglia in the United Kingdom. I have had a deep interest in the natural world for as long as I can remember. I started off as a bird watcher, but over the years since, my interest has expanded to encompass all elements of nature, from butterflies to reptiles and from whales to orchids.

I have an Honours B.Sc. in Natural Sciences with Earth Sciences, and a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

I have always enjoyed travelling as a way of seeing new wildlife. Over the last  20 years I have worked as a wildlife tour guide and have led trips to many destinations, including Costa Rica, Svalbard, the Gambia, Kenya, Crete and Mallorca. 

I regularly asked to speak on wildlife themes on cruise ships in many parts of the world, such as the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, Antarctica, Australia and Europe. I have visited Antarctica several times as an expedition team member.

My interest in photography started in the early 1980's. I am a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS), and I sit on the distinctions panel for this organisation.  I am the immediate past Chairman of the RPS Nature Group.

I am constantly striving to improve my own photography and am always pleased to be able to discuss photography techniques with like-minded individuals.

This portfolio of images displays my personal favourites. Inevitably, the quality of the images varies. This is due to two main factors. Firstly, as time has gone on, my photography skills, such as getting the correct exposure and composition, have improved. Secondly, technology has also improved. It is astonishing what can be achieved with today's digital cameras compared with only a few years ago, together with improvements in post-processing software. 

I draw your attention to what may be the worst set of photographs in this portfolio, that of the Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the Shorebirds section.

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Whilst they will never, ever be in the running for a photographic award, they hold a special place in my memory. I took them on the mud of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at the end of a two week trip to this country. On the verge of extinction, with no more than 200 individuals known, this charismatic shorebird was my number one target for the trip. 

Having walked a kilometer out on the soft, deep mud of low tide, I managed to find this single bird. It was about 400 yards from me. I decided to stop and take a few 'record' shots, before attempting to move closer. As I began to approach, it flew off and I never saw it again. I am so glad I decided to stop and take those 'record' shots. Incidentally, the species is now at the centre of intensive conservation efforts including captive rearing of chicks to reintroduce to its breeding areas in the far east. 

A word about the taxonomies and English names used. I use IOC English names for the birds, and it is accurate as of 1st August 2020. For mammals, I have chosen the Handbook of the Mammals of the World (Lynx Editions), which is based on Mammal Species of the World (Wilson and Reeder, 2005).

I hope you enjoy looking through my image galleries, which are arranged by groups of organisms. I would be delighted to read any feedback via e-mail

Kevin Elsby

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