The stories and techniques behind my favourite nature photos from this past year.
1. Chilean Flamingo (captive), WWT Slimbridge, Bristol
The hope of photographing wild cranes in courtship was what drew me to visit WWT Slimbridge one winter's evening, but it was the captive Chilean Flamingos which caught my eye. The peachy colour of this sunset nicely complemented the flamingo's plumage, but getting both in frame took a lot of work. Only a tiny portion of the sky was this colour, whilst the rest was a dark blue, and the flamingo was more often than not against the shadowy blue background. When it stopped to preen, looking down the lens with an intense white eye, that was the moment to take the picture.
2. Red Fox, London Blink, the fox in this photo, has been my life for most of the summertime. Blink has put up with my presence on his road territory every morning for two months, whilst I film my interactive documentary "iFox" about the choices that urban foxes make to survive.
3. Red Deer, Bristol
This is a shot that I've wanted to do for ages. Nothing says drama like good backlighting, and this is where my experience in photographing theatre came unexpectedly in handy. I braved the worst of "Storm Imogen" to photograph the red deer at the local deer park. This shot was captured during a rare burst of sunshine, with the trees providing a dark background to my backlit shot.