Born 1931, began an interest in birds during my early youth just watching in local parks and woodland. At 18, commenced National Service in the R.A.F. and trained as a wireless mechanic, working mainly on Lincoln bombers at Scampton, also playing trumpet in the station band. It was during this time my interest in photography began with a very inexpensive camera costing about 30 shillings. My next step into the bird world was aviculture, breeding and showing foreign birds achieving champion status. This gave me a deeper knowledge and understanding of birds but eventually I preferred to see them in their natural habitats so it was inevitable that all my time and effort would be spent on bird photography. My first photo from a hide was of a Lapwing at the nest, taken in 1958 and since then most of my work has been done this way by the use of hides varying in construction for use down a mine shaft and up to 50 feet in tree tops.
Working in 35mm and 2¼ inch format in black and white medium I gained ARPS and FRPS in the late 1960s. Things have changed a little since then!