I spent much of my childhood in the wilds, of the South Pacific and Dartmoor in particular, and have been fascinated by wildlife for as long as I can remember. Having done the Nottingham University Biological Photography MSc course, my interest in photography in the natural world has blossomed further ever since.
I am happiest when I'm in the middle of nowhere with kindred spirits, in the hide or the open air, with a magical wild creature carrying on its daily business nearby, such as the white-tailed eagle in the image below. This was the best shot from a total of 54 hours in a hide over the course of a week, near Kutno in Poland. Although I certainly got frustrated at times waiting for the best opportunities, I don't regret a minute of the many hours I spent waiting.
I have been lucky enough to visit some fabulous places with my photography, such as the Kibale Forest in Uganda (working for the Tropical Biology Association); much of the western Scottish Highlands and islands, especially Skye, where I spend at least two weeks a year; the Kuusamo and Oulu regions in Finland; the Kutno, Bialoweiza and Bierbza areas of Poland; and Flatanger in Norway. However, much of my work is done near home, i.e. in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, where the wildlife can be spectacular, with a bit of perseverance and luck.
My experience of and enjoyment of natural history is not confined to photography: I am a tutor in Zoology at Cambridge University, where I love teaching undergraduates Animal Biology, Evolution and Behaviour, and Ecology. However, nothing beats setting the alarm for 4am, knocking back a coffee and getting out of the house long before dawn, ready to be somewhere to see fabulous wildlife long before before most people are even out of bed.
All content © Jamie Gundry 2017.