Wildlife and Nature photography by Kevin Keatley


Moon craters

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn Owl on fence post. Now venturing out of the barn for longer periods and flight getting stronger.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn Owls early adventures into the outside world.

Barn owl flight ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn owls flight over barn. She is now making regular flights out of the barn, but comes back in after a few minutes and roosts next to her younger brother.

Tawny Owl flight

Photo of Tawny Owl taken using an infrared light beam

Tawny owl flight

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl over blue bells

Badger ( Meles meles )

One of the hedgerow badgers in the old oak tree. Mid Devon in May

Badger cub

Badger cub ( meles meles )

Young badger cub after walking through wet field, Mid Devon in May

Badger in primroses

Badger in primroses mid Devon UK. Eye level shot about 1mt away. The Badgers get used to my scent on the peanuts I put down. It's a great feeling to be so close with the Badgers relaxed in my company. It does take many hours of lying in the mud at night in the woods to get 1 or 2 photos - if i'm lucky! - But it's someting I really love to do.

Badger grooming ( meles meles )

Adult badger having a scratch ( grooming ), Mid devon in May

Badger and cubs

Badger cub ( meles meles )

Young badger cub, Mid Devon in may

Badger cub peanut butter jar ( meles meles ) KJK

Badger cub with peanut butter jar. Mid Devon

Badger reflection

Badger reflection in stream during shower. C80 Camera and Lens cover used to protect kit. Same cover as tawny owl set up photo.

Badger reflection ( meles meles )

Badger reflection in stream. autumn mid Devon

Hedgerow Badgers

Badgers have helped shape this ancient hedgerow tree through many generations of badgers living around and under its roots

Autumn Badger

Female Badger by sett entrance

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Badger ( Meles meles )

Close up of Badger. Badgers have an excellent sense of smell, Good hearing but relatively poor eyesight.

Pine marten ( Martes martes )

Young Pine marten on rock. Winter in the Scottish highlands

Me and the Badgers

Waning Moon

Just after the full moon you get a Waning 98% ( Gibbous ) moon. It's a good time to take a photo because you start to get some shadows in the craters which gives a bit of depth to a moon photo.Photo taken 27 may 2013. Lat. 50.88N, Long. 3.66W

Tawny Owl heading to nest box

Tawny Owl heading back to the nest box. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 70-200mm@70mm, F10, 1/250 Sec., ISO 400, Camera and 4 flashes on manual, Ladder hide, Code C80 Camera and Lens cover to protect against the rain, 3 E13 Mini ball heads and one C22 Ultra pod for attaching and directing the flash guns on the ladder hide cross bar.

Tawny Owl chick

Young Tawny Owl out of the nest box and doing a bit of 'Branching'. When they first fledge they can end up at ground level. These are dangerous times for young owlets but they soon learn to scrabble, hop and fly short distances. If you see a Tawny owlet on the ground the adults are likely to be nearby, but if you think it may be in danger you could lift it up and put it on a branch out of harms way - There are two more chicks still in the nest box but in a few days will be following their older sibling out into the big wide world. The adult Tawny owls follow the calls of the chicks and bring in food to the chick branching and to the ones in the nest box. During the day the adults roost nearby and come back to feed the chicks at dusk. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 70-200@105mm, F10, 1/250, ISO 500.

Garden Hedgehog

Garden Hedgehog. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@27mm, F16, 1/250 Sec., ISO 400, Camera and three flashes on manual, Time 22.12. I use an infra-red light beam to trigger the camera and the three flashes were placed one each side of the camera and one above pointing down. The two flashes at ground level had some white plastic over the flash heads and the one above had a 20cm soft box to help cut the shadows. I positioned the camera on one of our C14 Double bean bags, the two ground level flashes were on our E1 Ground spikes and the flash above was on the C22 Ultra pod mini clamp/tripod we supply.

Garden Hedgehog

Garden Hedgehog. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@27mm, F16, 1/250 Sec., ISO 400, Camera and three flashes on manual, Time 22.12. I use an infra-red light beam to trigger the camera and the three flashes were placed one each side of the camera and one above pointing down. The two flashes at ground level had some white plastic over the flash heads and the one above had a 20cm soft box to help cut the shadows. I positioned the camera on one of our C14 Double bean bags, the two ground level flashes were on our E1 Ground spikes and the flash above was on the C22 Ultra pod mini clamp/tripod we supply.

Lunar halo

Lunar halo formed by the reflection and refraction of the moon light passing through ice crystals in high cirrus cloud at 20,000 feet. Photo Kevin Keatley. UK. Camera Nikon D800, 16-35@19mm, F7.1, 13 Seconds, ISO 500. Tripod and cable release for the slow shutter speed. Camera & Lens cover to reduce battery drain and camera frosting in the below zero temperatures.

Otter v Trout

A Devon Otter 'Locked on' and tracking down a small trout. The trout's defence is to speed away or freeze; but which to choose in that split second? Out working with my friend Stephen Powles who is researching otters in Devon. Photo kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens 24-120@66mm, F8, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, Camera & flash on manual.

One of the hedgerow badgers

One of the hedgerow badgers. A family/Clan I've been following for a number of years. Mid Devon, UK. Photo - Kevin Keatley, Camera, Nikon D800, 16-35mm@35mm, F9, 1/200 sec., ISO 320, Camera on manual and 4 off camera flashes on manual. Other Kit used - C26 fold out padded seat, 3 E5 Ground spikes with E13 mini ball heads, ideal for positioning flashes to get the right light. 1 x C22 Ultrapod II strapped to a branch for one of the flash guns. C80.1R camera and lens cover for weather and mud/dust protection. B30 camouflage, soft and quiet 'Hoody top', adds a bit of camouflage but also keeps the mozzies off my head and neck. Some peanuts to keep the badgers around the sett longer before they head of to forage.

Badger by the ancient oak

One of the hedgerow badgers. A family/Clan I've been following for a number of years. In the photo you can see a hazelnut which has been eaten by one of the dormice which live in the oak and hazels around the hedgerow. Mid Devon, UK. Photo - Kevin Keatley, Camera, Nikon D800, 16-35mm@28mm, F9, 1/200 sec., ISO 320, Camera on manual and 4 off camera flashes on manual. Other Kit used - C26 fold out padded seat, 3 E5 Ground spikes with E13 mini ball heads, ideal for positioning flashes to get the right light. 1 x C22 Ultrapod II strapped to a branch for one of the flash guns. C80.1R camera and lens cover for weather and mud/dust protection. B30 camouflage, soft and quiet 'Hoody top', adds a bit of camouflage but also keeps the mozzies off my head and neck. Some peanuts to keep the badgers around the sett longer before they head of to forage.

Tawny Owl on old oak post

Tawny Owl on old oak post. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 200-400mm@270mm, F9, 1/200 Sec., ISO 320, Camera and 2 flashes on manual. Camera & Lens cover, Dome hide and E5.2 Ground spikes with E13 Mini ball heads for adjustment.

Tawny Owl on post

Tawny Owl on old oak post. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 70-200@200mm, F16, 1/200 Sec., ISO 320, Camera and 2 flashes on manual. Camera & Lens cover, Dome hide and E5.2 Ground spikes with E13 Mini ball heads for adjustment.

One of the hedgerow badgers

One of the hedgerow badgers. A family I've been following for a number of years. Mid Devon, UK. Photo - Kevin Keatley, Camera, Nikon D800, 105mm Macro, F14, 1/200 sec., ISO 320, Camera on manual and 4 off camera flashes on manual. Other Kit used - C12 Full length mat, 3 E5 Ground spikes with E13 mini ball heads, ideal for positioning flashes to get the right light. 1 x C22 Ultrapod II strapped to a branch for one of the flash guns. C80.1R camera and lens cover for weather and mud/dust protection. B30 camouflage, soft and quiet 'Hoody top', adds a bit of camouflage but also keeps the mozzies off my head and neck. Some peanuts to keep the badgers around the sett longer before they head of to forage. Getting down low for an eye level shot really helps to have that feeling of being there with the badgers.

Garden Hedgehog

Our young Garden Hedgehog building up reserves for the winter. We put some food out every night for him/her, he/she usually calls by between 9pm and 3am and the Robin finishes off the left over in the morning. Normally record him on the trail camera but tonight I've managed to get a shot with my camera. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@28mm, F20, 1/200 Sec., ISO 250, Camera and flash on manual. C14 Double Bean bag for the camera and C11 Mat for my elbows.

Me and the Badgers

After a number of years working with the badgers at this sett they have got use to me and and my scent on the few peanuts I put down. The cubs are quite happy to scratch and groom just a few inches away, I've even had them nibble the lens hood to see if it's edible !

Eclipse of the super moon

The 2015 eclipse of the super moon from Devon .UK. where the sun, earth and moon are in alignment and the earth casts its shadow over the moon. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens 200-400@380mm, F4.5, 1/2 sec., ISO 2500. Tripod, cable release, Bean bag to firm up the tripod and camera cover to insulate the camera and lens.

Garden Hedgehog

Garden Hedgehog. Our garden hedgehog usually calls by between 9pm and 3am. I normally record him on the trail camera but tonight I've set up my infra-red light beam. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@27mm, F18, 1/200 Sec., ISO 250, Camera and flash on manual. The light beam is used to trip the camera and flash. I set the camera up on one of our C14 Double Bean bags and the light beam on one of our small double bean bags. The bean bags are ideal for low level photography - easy to position and easy to set up your kit.

Our Garden Hedgehog

Our garden hedgehog. We put some meal worms out every night for him, he usually calls by between 9pm and 3am and the Robin finishes off the left over in the morning. Normally record him on the trail camera but tonight I've set up my camera with a PIR trigger. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@26mm, F18, 1/200 Sec., ISO 250, Camera and flash on manual. Set the camera up on a C14 Double Bean bag and the PIR trigger on a C14.1 Small double bean bag next to the camera. Our Bean bags are ideal for low level photography - They are quick and easy to position and to set up your camera, flashes and triggers.

Our Garden Hedgehog

Our garden hedgehog. We put some meal worms out every night for him, he usually calls by between 9pm and 3am and the Robin finishes off the left over in the morning. Normally record him on the trail camera but tonight I've set up my camera with a PIR trigger. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@32mm, F22, 1/250 Sec., ISO 320, Camera and flash on manual. Set the camera up on a C14 Double Bean bag and the PIR trigger on a C14.1 Small double bean bag next to the camera. Our Bean bags are ideal for low level photography - They are quick and easy to position and to set up your camera, flashes and triggers.

Our Garden Hedgehog

All quiet on the hedgehog front, one young under weight off to Hedgehog Hamlet to be over wintered and our other garden hedgehog who was over 800g is safely tucked up. I've got the trail camera out just to check, but it's the robin that tucks into the meal worms in the morning. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@32mm, F22, 1/250 Sec., ISO 320, Camera and flash on manual. Set the camera up on a C14 Double Bean bag and the PIR trigger on a C14.1 Small double bean bag next to the camera. Our Bean bags are ideal for low level photography - They are quick and easy to position and to set up your camera, flashes and triggers.

Our Garden Hedgehog

Our garden hedgehog. We put some meal worms out every night for him, he usually calls by between 9pm and 3am and the Robin finishes off the left over in the morning. Normally record him on the trail camera but tonight I've set up my camera with a PIR trigger. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@29mm, F16, 1/200 Sec., ISO 320, Camera and flash on manual. Set the camera up on a C14 Double Bean bag and the PIR trigger on a C14.1 Small double bean bag next to the camera. Our Bean bags are ideal for low level photography - They are quick and easy to position and to set up your camera, flashes and triggers.

Garden Hedgehog

This is one of our garden hedgehogs, he's a big lad and over twice the size of the other two hedgehogs in the garden last night. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@21mm, F22, 1/200 Sec., ISO 200, Camera and flash on manual. I normally use a remote trigger but on the night spent some time out with the hedgehogs lying down on the cobbles eye to eye. While I was with the hedgehogs I could hear some bats clicking above me and the local tawny owl in the background.

Garden Hedgehog

Our garden hedgehog. Kevin Keatley, UK. Camera D800, Lens Nikon 16-35mm@35mm, F20, 1/200 Sec., ISO 250, Camera and flash on manual. I normally use a remote trigger but on the night spent some time out with the hedgehogs lying down on the cobbles eye to eye.

Garden Hedgehog

Our garden hedgehog. We have two who regularly visit our garden on there nightly ramblings. Ie made sure our garden gates have space below the for the hedgehogs to come and go. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK, Camera Nikon D800, 16-35@32mm, F22, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, C14 Double bean bag, C12 Full length mat for some eye to eye photography and our bean bags are ideal for low level photography - easy to position and easy to set up your kit.