These spectacular photographs are just some of the images captured in a new calendar to celebrate Sussex wildlife in 2020.
Pin-sharp in their detail, they catch the sheen of a kingfisher’s feathers, the texture of a toad’s skin and the delicacy of a goldfinch lighting on a seed pod.
All the pictures are the work of Sussex-based nature photographer Richard Sharman who has donated them to the Sussex Wildlife Trust to make up their annual calendar. The calendar is on sale now, with a special offer for December buyers.
Richard also shares some advice with anyone keen to become a wildlife photographer:
“Don’t chase your subject, let it come to you. And the best advice I was ever given was to pick one species and focus on it for a year and get to know everything about it. Photograph it in different lights, weather conditions, habitats, time of the year, life cycle, action, movement and flight.”
And though his photographs have a magical quality, it’s a magic – he says – which we can find all around us in Sussex.
“I’m hoping I might inspire other people to realise what stunning creatures and photographic opportunities are out there and to get out and experience it and to value, cherish and protect our dwindling and vulnerable wildlife.”
The SWT calendar features 12 stunning full-colour images from Richard’s portfolio and includes wildlife facts and reminders of key UK dates.
The calendar costs £6.99 inc p&p but during December you can buy 2 for £10 or 3 for £12.
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