My Favourites All images on this site are © Toby Houlton and must not be used without permission Interested in an image? Please contact me using the contact link on the navigation bar Return to main page Click the thumbnail to jump to the larger picture. Information about each image can be viewed on the larger version. Use the gallery controls to view images at their proper size of 1200px longest side to see them at their best. Image#35 - Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Brede High Woods - Nikon D300 with Sigma 180mm - 1/160s, f11, ISO 250 When I first viewed this image on my camera I really did think...WOW! Getting to local woodland at 6am to capture specifically this type of image I quickly realised that with the sun up, the dew was fast drying out and I would struggle to obtain the image I had mentally pictured. The following day I arrived just after 5am and, after careful searching, spotted this beauty on top of the heather. I took lots of shots, this being one of the best. View it full size to see the incredible dewdrops that adorn this Common Blue butterfly and appear as gems in the morning sun. Image#26 - Stoat (Mustela erminea) - Rye Harbour nature reserve - Nikon D300 with Sigma 300mm f2.8 + 2X TC - 1/1000s, f7.1, ISO 400 Even spotting a stoat in the wild is a rare occurence so I was delighted to see this incredible predator hunting in a rabbit warren at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in Sussex. With little cover to hide behind I had to rely on stalking as close as I could each time it disappeared into a rabbit hole. I would move a few feet and it would suddenly pop up from a hole randomly throughout the warren, comically reminding me of a game I used to see in amusement arcades. I sat incredibly still waiting for the moment that he popped up in the right place and I took some shots. Whilst waiting and listening, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on underground beneath my feet and the desperate chases as the rabbits avoided capture. Image#63 - Hare (Lepus capensis) - Dungeness RSPB - Nikon D300, Sigma 300mm with 2x converter, 1/1000s, f6.3, ISO 250 I have very little experience of hares and was surprised to see one sitting on a path at the RSPB reserve at Dungeness, Kent. Again an early start afforded me this opportunity on a sunny but very windy August day. My impression of hares was that they were very alert and would bolt as soon as they saw you but this individual was so intent on nibbling the thistles that I wasn’t spotted. At around 50 feet away with a strong wind blowing in my face I quickly took some shots before inching ever closer. At 40 feet I then took the camera off the tripod and was on my knees crawling slowly towards the hare, all while the hare just “lolloped” from plant to plant having a nibble of the most enticing parts. I ended up crawling commando style on my belly taking more and more shots being totally ignored by this healthy looking individual. This image is the final shot as I stayed still and the hare got closer and closer to me, eventually being too close to focus on! At around 10 feet away the hare suddenly spotted me and bolted back up the grass pathway it had been feeding on.