Wildlife and Nature photography by Kevin Keatley


Bluebells in evening light

Bluebells in evening light mid Devon

Red deer stag

Misty autumn morning out in the woods

set up and waiting

Planning done, now set up and waiting in the hide. Misty sunrise and soft backlight, all looking good.

Misty morning Kingfisher

The planning has come together. Perfect misty sunrise, soft backlight and the Kingfisher has come to visit just before the mist has burnt off the river.

Kingfisher silhouette

Working the light - Silhouette of Kingfisher on reed mace just after sunrise

Kingfisher on read mace

Kingfisher on read mace - back lit. I took advantage of the early summer sunrise to get this back lit shot. As the sun came up I had a nice side light to some 'normal' Kingfisher shots.

Backlit Kingfisher

Kingfisher on branch back lit in the morning light

Exmoor pony back lit

Early morning on Exmoor

Flamingo

Flamingo in low autumn sun reflection. Taken at Slimbridge

Flamingo in autumn light

Flamingo head and neck in shaft of autumn sunlight taken at slimbridge

Flamingo in autumn light

Flamingo in a shaft of autumn light taken at WWT Slimbidge. Tried out the Canon 1D mk 4 with the 300 2.8 IS II - Excellent, worked really well in the difficult light.

Exmoor sunrise

A misty morning sunrise on Exmoor

Exmoor sunrise

Pink sunset

Pink sunset through winter trres

Misty trees

An early morning mist in the New forest

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer in an early morning shaft of warm light

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer warming himself in a sharft of early morning light

Crossing of paths

Jackdaw lands on a Fallow Deer while in an early morning shaft of light.

Crossing of paths

After the early morning encounter the Fallow Deer and Jackdaw head in different directions. I'm hiding behind a tree and have not been spotted.Great enconter to watch and photograph

Roe Deer

Roe Deer silhouette

Stormy coast

Stormy coast at Budleigh Salterton. There has been a large amount of coastal erosion and cliff falls around the westcountry coast over the last 12 months

Pagham harbour

Pagham harbour in winter looking south from the north wall

Exmoor sunrise

Exmoor sunrise looking east to Dulverton

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Stonehenge under a stormy sky

Red deer stag on a misty morning sunrise

Red deer stag on a misty october morning in Richmond park london. photo Kevin Keatley D800, 200-400 @220mm, F4, 1/125 sec., ISO 3200

Out of the mist

A simple picture of a Red deer stag coming out of the mist on an october morning in Richmond park london. photo Kevin Keatley D800, 200-400 @200mm, F4, 1/100 sec., ISO 3200

Exmoor sunrise

Up on Exmoor looking east over Dulverton and Exebridge watching a misty autumn sunrise. Photo Kevin Keatley Camera Nikon D700, 200-400@200mm, F8, 1/160, ISO 400, Camera and lens cover, Camera and lens supported on a Double Bean bag across a field gate.

Last sunset of 2013

Wishing everyone all the best for 2014. It's New years eve and it's the last sunset of 2013 over Shapwick heath national nature reserve. Somerset UK. Camera D700, 70-200@200, F9, 1/250 Sec., ISO 400

Sunset over Frencham ponds

Heading home from 3 days at a Home office/Government exhibition I spotted the sun going down over Frencham ponds in Surrey, UK. Great timing, if it hadn't taken so long to pack the kit up I would have gone past earlier and missed the sunset. I parked the car up and ran through the woods to the edge of the lake. Excellent - A still, calm and warm evening and the great crested grebe slowly swimming into the sun just made the photo and moment for me. Photo Kevin Keatley, Nikon D800, 16-35@35mm, F6.3, 1/320 sec., ISO 500.

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration at the RSPB Ham Wall reserve on the Somerset Levels. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D700, Lens Nikon 70-200@70mm, F2.8, 1/160 Sec., ISO 800. Low light photo.

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration at the RSPB Ham Wall reserve looking towards Glastonbury Tor. Somerset Levels. UK. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D700, Lens Nikon 70-200@92mm, F4.5, 1/250 Sec., ISO 1600. Low light photo. Used a Double bean bag for stability plus Camera & Lens cover

Back lit Snowdrop

Snowdrop back lit against a low winter sun. Mid Devon, UK. Photo Kevin Keatley. Camera Nikon D800, Lens 105 macro, F8, 1/8000 Sec., ISO 500.

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.

Starling on winter beech

Starling on winter beech down at my Dome hide feeding station. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK, Camera Nikon D800, Lens 200-400@270mm, F11, 1/640 sec., ISO 640. Dome hide, Camera & Lens cover. I picked up the beech branch while out for a walk along the Devon lanes. As soon as I spotted it I knew it would be ideal for my feeding station, all the branches are in the same plane and would be in focus if I positioned it facing & across the front of my hide. The small branches are also nicely spaced and ideal for perching birds with the dry leaves just adding a bit of contrasting colour. I'm always on a project or working on an idea and it's great when it all comes together - Light, setting, subject & timing.

Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly back lit through leaf. Dartmoor. UK. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens Nikon 105mm Macro, F8, 1/640 sec., ISO 400. I'm always on the lookout for a different angle and sometimes it's good to photograph into the light.

Seaside coffee

Enjoying my seaside coffee. Working on our summer mailing and catching up with my paperwork down at the seaside. Couldn't resist the photo op with the beach hut painting behind and playing with the depth of field. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 16-35@19mm, F22, 1/400sec., ISO 320, The coffee cup is about 10cm wide and the crab painting about 25cm with about 90cm distance. #seaside_office #seaside #remote_working

Misty sunrise

Misty Exmoor sunrise. Photo Kevin Keatley - UK, Camera Nikon D800, Lens 200-400@380mm, F5, 1/200, ISO 800, I used a Double bean bag on a field gate to steady the shot.

Exmoor sunrise

Misty Exmoor sunrise. Photo Kevin Keatley - UK, Camera Nikon D800, Lens 200-400@210mm, F4.5, 1/1000, ISO 400, I used a Double bean bag on a field gate to steady the shot.

Flower meadow

A wild flower patch on Marine Drive, Bognor Regis, W.Sussex. Photo Kevin Keatley. camera Nikon D800, 16-35@22mm, F13, 1/400 sec., ISO 400.

Wild Exmoor

Exmoor pony. Out on Exmoor at sunrise, started bright with a nice warm light then the clouds rolled in but this gave me the opportunity for some silhouettes showing the shaggy Exmoor ponies coat. Photo Kevin Keatley camera D800, 200-400@400 F9, 1/800 sec., ISO 640

Packhorse bride

Packhorse bridge An old Packhorse bridge on the river bovey wide enough for one horse with sidebags. Lustleigh woods near Bovey tracey on Dartmoor. UK

Misty sunrise

Misty Exmoor sunrise. Photo Kevin Keatley - UK, Camera Nikon D700, Lens 70-200@130mm, F8, 1/400, ISO 400, I used a Double bean bag on a field gate to steady the shot.

Foggy Devon

Foggy Devon looking towards East Dartmoor. Photo Kevin Keatley, UK, Camera Nikon D800, 300mm, F11, 1/1250 sec., ISO 320

Avocet

Avocet & reflection, mud flats, Goat walk, Topsham. UK. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, 300 F4 P,F8, 1/250 sec., ISO 640.

Starlings coming in to roost

Starlings coming in to roost at the RSPB Ham Wall reserve near Street, Somerset UK. Photo Kevin Keatley, Camera Nikon D800, Lens Nikon 70-200@75mm, F5, 1/2000 Sec., ISO 1600. Used one of our Mini Beans bag on the hide frame to steady the shot.

Swan in morning light

Swan in an early morning light at Pagham harbour looking toward Selsey. Photo Kevin Keatley. UK, camera Nikon D800, 16-35@35mm, F13, 1/1600, ISO 250.

Walk on a Cornish beach

Misty Cornish coast walk along the beach. Porthleven, UK. Photo Kevin Keatley. Camera Nikon D700, 300mm F4P, F8, 1/2500 sec., ISO 320