Summer Flying By - Ben Cherry
Foraging Macaque

Well the summer has flown by and I've been running around so much that wrote a blog catch up for a while, so I thought it was about time I changed that! A lot has happened, I've been to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, various nature reserves around the UK, as well as a trip to the wonderful Farne Islands.

Flight of The Swans

For those of you that don't follow me on my social media accounts (ahem.. why not!? ;-) ) I am a part of the Flight of the Swans conservation expedition taking place from the start of September to the end of November. Where Sacha Dench will be paramotoring from arctic Russia back to WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. This epic journey is seeking to raise awareness for the Bewick's Swan, which is rapidly declining due to a variety of factors, from shooting to habitat lose. The project is hoping to get 20,000 signatures on a petition to help conserve this charismatic species. To sign the petition and to find out more information please head to the official website here - https://fots.wwt.org.uk - I will be writing a more in-depth blog about our preparations for this expedition soon.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Project 

Because of my current involvement with WWT I was approached by the WWT WaterLife Magazine team to cover the amazing conservation efforts of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper team. A remarkable project which has been going on for five years to try and breed this critically endangered bird in captivity. It was the most incredible experience which tragically ended in sadness - the news that the two captivity-bred chicks past away hit me hard, so I can only imagine what the dedicated conservation team went through. My thoughts go out to them. 

In due course I will produce a photo story to highlight the amazing efforts by WWT to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Until then here are a few tear sheets from the project. Bittersweet to get featured on these huge news sites with such a tragic story. 

Personal Factors

From the elation of witnessing my wonderful parents renew their vows 30 years on, surrounded by family and friends... To the unfortunate loss of my dear labrador, Monty - it has been a topsy-turvy summer. And although it was very sad to lose the old boy, the outpouring of emotion from those close to us made this all the easier to deal with, especially to keep our super tactile spaniel, Charlie, happy without his companion. 

Though very different events, both highlight the importance of family. 

Fujifilm X-Photographer

Still pinch myself that I am a part of the X-Photographer programme, surrounded by the most amazing names. To find out more about the X-Series and X-Photographers visit www.fujifilm-x.com. I have been involved in a few projects over the summer, one which is currently unfolding on the linked site and another looking at the differences between the X-E2s and X-T10, helping those trying to choose between the excellent cameras. Below is the video I made for this, to find the rest of the article then click here -https://fujifilm-blog.com/2016/08/08/which-camera-is-right-for-me-x-t10-or-x-e2s/

Until I sort out some more in-depth updates on each of the mentioned topics, as well as some projects 'under development', then why not follow me on social media to keep track of the images I share regularly.

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Till next time, happy shooting!

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