Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images

@robcottleimages

Image maker, veganist, Olympus user, no baiting, no flash, all wild images. Enjoy, wonder but please leave everything as you find it - Prints @

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My good chum Sir Geraint of Radford @geraintradfordphotos and I met up yesterday and besides a little wander when the light improved a tad (must have lasted at least 5 minutes!) we also went into business meeting mode. Many things are planned but until some of the dull stuff in the background is sorted we'll have to keep it under wraps but be assured you will be first to know. This lovely thing was sharing the rain with us and it's interesting know that this was shot with the Olympus 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC which makes a focal length of 840mm (also ISO of 1600).
@olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loveswans #loves_birds #feather_perfection #natureship

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


My good chum Sir Geraint of Radford @geraintradfordphotos and I met up yesterday and besides a little wander when the light improved a tad (must have lasted at least 5 minutes!) we also went into business meeting mode. Many things are planned but until some of the dull stuff in the background is sorted we'll have to keep it under wraps but be assured you will be first to know. This lovely thing was sharing the rain with us and it's interesting know that this was shot with the Olympus 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC which makes a focal length of 840mm (also ISO of 1600). @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loveswans #loves_birds #feather_perfection #natureship

All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it support - Chief Seattle 
This Lion can't work out how things still haven't changed!
#splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro 
#canon7dmk2  #africa_nature #intothekruger  #thisiskruger #capturethewild

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it support - Chief Seattle This Lion can't work out how things still haven't changed! #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ #robcottleimages #captureonepro #canon7dmk2 #africa_nature #intothekruger #thisiskruger #capturethewild

@andrewbecksa recently posted about not ignoring the potential around you even when you are in camp on safari (or elsewhere for that matter) and I couldn't agree more. The Glossy Starling is abundant around the camps at Kruger and this one was around 5 feet from my Rondavel door in the Kruger NP. I spent a good few minutes in it's company. A beautiful blue colour that is almost iridescent as it moves and fantastic yellow eyes that stand out like light from a well. 
#splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon100_400  #canon7dmk2  #intothekruger  #thisiskruger #capturethewild #loves_birds #feather_perfection

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


@andrewbecksa recently posted about not ignoring the potential around you even when you are in camp on safari (or elsewhere for that matter) and I couldn't agree more. The Glossy Starling is abundant around the camps at Kruger and this one was around 5 feet from my Rondavel door in the Kruger NP. I spent a good few minutes in it's company. A beautiful blue colour that is almost iridescent as it moves and fantastic yellow eyes that stand out like light from a well. #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ #robcottleimages #captureonepro #canon100_400 #canon7dmk2  #intothekruger #thisiskruger #capturethewild #loves_birds #feather_perfection

A Hyena cub and it's bone should never be parted!
As a follow up to yesterdays post I thought I would ramp up the cuteness quota. This cub was hanging onto his bone like a dog would clutch his squeaky toy and for the time I spent with them, it promptly fell asleep on it several times. 
I'm fortunate to be travelling to Kruger in February so hopefully I'll have chance to make a few more images with these critters. 
I also thought it may be interesting to show my preparation, planning and the equipment I'm taking, so look out for that shortly. 👍 
#hyena #hyenasarecool #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon100_400  #canon7dmk2  #africa_nature  #krugernationalpark  #krugerthroughmyeyes  #intothekruger  #thisiskruger #capturethewild

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


A Hyena cub and it's bone should never be parted! As a follow up to yesterdays post I thought I would ramp up the cuteness quota. This cub was hanging onto his bone like a dog would clutch his squeaky toy and for the time I spent with them, it promptly fell asleep on it several times. I'm fortunate to be travelling to Kruger in February so hopefully I'll have chance to make a few more images with these critters. I also thought it may be interesting to show my preparation, planning and the equipment I'm taking, so look out for that shortly. 👍 #hyena #hyenasarecool #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ #robcottleimages #captureonepro #canon100_400 #canon7dmk2 #africa_nature #krugernationalpark #krugerthroughmyeyes #intothekruger #thisiskruger #capturethewild

I don't know why people don't like Hyenas, how cute is this little one. The cub's are very playful like all young and live on milk for the first 6 months and are mature at 2 years of age. Interestingly the dominant sex is the female and side by side is obviously bigger. The Maasai are known to let Hyena consume their dead.
#hyena #hyenasarecool #splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon100_400  #canon7dmk2  #africa_nature  #krugernationalpark  #krugerthroughmyeyes  #intothekruger  #thisiskruger #capturethewild

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


I don't know why people don't like Hyenas, how cute is this little one. The cub's are very playful like all young and live on milk for the first 6 months and are mature at 2 years of age. Interestingly the dominant sex is the female and side by side is obviously bigger. The Maasai are known to let Hyena consume their dead. #hyena #hyenasarecool #splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ #robcottleimages #captureonepro #canon100_400 #canon7dmk2 #africa_nature #krugernationalpark #krugerthroughmyeyes #intothekruger #thisiskruger #capturethewild

Nature does not hurry, yet everything accomplishes
- Lao Tzu
Always on the lookout, Rhesus Macaque, India.
#splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #nature_of_our_world 
#animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro #monkeyingaround #pentax

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Nature does not hurry, yet everything accomplishes - Lao Tzu Always on the lookout, Rhesus Macaque, India. #splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro #monkeyingaround #pentax

Finally high tide and a soupcon of light made an attempt at being friends today although truth be told light wasn't using 'Duracell's' and it ran out pretty fast. At least it's a fresh one as I was going stir crazy. I absolutely love Golden Plover and they always have a serene quality too them. If you are looking for something gold at the end of your rainbow maybe this is what you need. ISO 1250 focal length 840mm !! @olympusuk #splendid_animals #themanwiththegoldenplover #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages #olympusuk 
#olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #feather_perfection #goldenplover

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Finally high tide and a soupcon of light made an attempt at being friends today although truth be told light wasn't using 'Duracell's' and it ran out pretty fast. At least it's a fresh one as I was going stir crazy. I absolutely love Golden Plover and they always have a serene quality too them. If you are looking for something gold at the end of your rainbow maybe this is what you need. ISO 1250 focal length 840mm !! @olympusuk #splendid_animals #themanwiththegoldenplover #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages #olympusuk  #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #feather_perfection #goldenplover

It's National Bird Day according to my diary so it would be rude not to post a feathered friend. Skomer Island in West Wales is known quite rightly for it's Auks but it has so much more and in fact is probably the closest you will get to a lot of bird species. So much so in fact I have planned a trip without the intention of shooting Puffins et al (oh alright I might have a go at the odd one!). Short Eared Owls, Oyster Catcher, Peregrine, skylark, Little Owl etc. Here's a lovely Swallow in beautiful condition that again is often closer than it would normally allow.
#nationalbirdday @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #feather_perfection #closerthannormal

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


It's National Bird Day according to my diary so it would be rude not to post a feathered friend. Skomer Island in West Wales is known quite rightly for it's Auks but it has so much more and in fact is probably the closest you will get to a lot of bird species. So much so in fact I have planned a trip without the intention of shooting Puffins et al (oh alright I might have a go at the odd one!). Short Eared Owls, Oyster Catcher, Peregrine, skylark, Little Owl etc. Here's a lovely Swallow in beautiful condition that again is often closer than it would normally allow. #nationalbirdday @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #feather_perfection #closerthannormal

Apologies for being so slow to post, things went a little awry for various reasons over the Holidays (explained on Facebook). So let’s get back to it! Another from the ‘I forgot about it collection’ I’m lucky that I have plenty of feathered friends visiting my very small garden (food of course helps) which unfortunately doesn’t receive a great deal of light, mix that in with probably the worst sequence of dull weather I can remember and it doesn’t aid your photography. So all you can do is take what’s in front of you and see what you can come up with. This gorgeous Great Spotted Woodpecker is always welcome in my garden and in this instance I avoided any background, looked for a pose and overexposed the sky. One piece of advice for the year, make sure you enjoy watching, pondering, planning and have fun with your photography and let the rest go, it should not be a battle and should certainly not be personal. Thanks to all who looked, liked and loved and especially those who commented, let’s see what we can all do this year 👊
#splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon7dmk2  #loves_birds #feather_perfection

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Apologies for being so slow to post, things went a little awry for various reasons over the Holidays (explained on Facebook). So let’s get back to it! Another from the ‘I forgot about it collection’ I’m lucky that I have plenty of feathered friends visiting my very small garden (food of course helps) which unfortunately doesn’t receive a great deal of light, mix that in with probably the worst sequence of dull weather I can remember and it doesn’t aid your photography. So all you can do is take what’s in front of you and see what you can come up with. This gorgeous Great Spotted Woodpecker is always welcome in my garden and in this instance I avoided any background, looked for a pose and overexposed the sky. One piece of advice for the year, make sure you enjoy watching, pondering, planning and have fun with your photography and let the rest go, it should not be a battle and should certainly not be personal. Thanks to all who looked, liked and loved and especially those who commented, let’s see what we can all do this year 👊 #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon7dmk2  #loves_birds #feather_perfection

Up with the Lark this morning, however even the Lark decided better of it!!!!!

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Up with the Lark this morning, however even the Lark decided better of it!!!!!

Right that's the nonsense out of the way back to wildlife! Following on from my 'one's that got away' in 2017 processing marathon here's a Puffin from Skomer Island and was the first time out with the Olympus OMD EM1 mk2 (still a rubbish name!!). It was this shot where I realised I didn't need to carry a light gathering house brick anymore. Olympus my back thanks you!
@olympusuk #splendid_animals #wildlife_vision #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro #captureone #loves_birds #feather_perfection #skomerisland #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mk2 #puffinworld

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Right that's the nonsense out of the way back to wildlife! Following on from my 'one's that got away' in 2017 processing marathon here's a Puffin from Skomer Island and was the first time out with the Olympus OMD EM1 mk2 (still a rubbish name!!). It was this shot where I realised I didn't need to carry a light gathering house brick anymore. Olympus my back thanks you! @olympusuk #splendid_animals #wildlife_vision #nature_of_our_world #animal_shots_ #robcottleimages #captureonepro #captureone #loves_birds #feather_perfection #skomerisland #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mk2 #puffinworld

Remember being vegan or vegetarian doesn't stop you being 'Goosed’, be careful out there!

Have a great Christmas, not Christmas, holiday or to those who are looking after us whilst some don't do a lot (not me of course!), thank you. 
2018 is due to be full of awesomeness so please pop your head in when you get chance and see what's in store. Thanks all and have a good one.

@olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world
 #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #olympusuk
#olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #vegansgetgoosedtoo #puffins #capturethewild  #puffinworld #skomerisland

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Remember being vegan or vegetarian doesn't stop you being 'Goosed’, be careful out there! Have a great Christmas, not Christmas, holiday or to those who are looking after us whilst some don't do a lot (not me of course!), thank you. 2018 is due to be full of awesomeness so please pop your head in when you get chance and see what's in store. Thanks all and have a good one. @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #vegansgetgoosedtoo #puffins #capturethewild #puffinworld #skomerisland

It's about that time of year again that every bird lover and photographer has their eye/ear out for news on the arrival of the rather wonderful Waxwings. Now I know they are around in some far off place called Ingerland but that plainly doesn't count as they always look their best in Wales 😀 . This was a shot from early this year and as I've been processing African wildlife in High-Key I thought it rude to exclude Scandinavian feathered friends. 
I've been processing images this week that should have been processed months if not years ago but I find that I choose a few that I like and then because we have so much we sort of drift to the newest but I was going through a few files to find a few things and I couldn't believe how many I haven't processed. I'm pretty glad because the weather is absolutely tripe and I'm just not capturing anything at the moment. So to cut a long story short I'm going to be posting images over the next few weeks that I had forgotten about or had ignored for various reasons. The moral of this tale - don't be stupid like me!
#splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon7dmk2  #loves_birds #feather_perfection #waxwingsarecool

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


It's about that time of year again that every bird lover and photographer has their eye/ear out for news on the arrival of the rather wonderful Waxwings. Now I know they are around in some far off place called Ingerland but that plainly doesn't count as they always look their best in Wales 😀 . This was a shot from early this year and as I've been processing African wildlife in High-Key I thought it rude to exclude Scandinavian feathered friends. I've been processing images this week that should have been processed months if not years ago but I find that I choose a few that I like and then because we have so much we sort of drift to the newest but I was going through a few files to find a few things and I couldn't believe how many I haven't processed. I'm pretty glad because the weather is absolutely tripe and I'm just not capturing anything at the moment. So to cut a long story short I'm going to be posting images over the next few weeks that I had forgotten about or had ignored for various reasons. The moral of this tale - don't be stupid like me! #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon7dmk2  #loves_birds #feather_perfection #waxwingsarecool

This is one of the first images I managed to capture of a Hare when I first moved to a new area a couple of years ago. This Hare is sadly no longer with us along with a husk (there are many names for a group of Hares for some reason, there is also drove, down, mute and trace) of other Hares that I managed to locate after months of setting trail cams and tracking. Unfortunately nearly all became victims of inane Hare coursing and abhorrent lampers which is rife in this area to the extent that these despicable vermin (sorry rats, no offence) have moved on as they have basically wiped out the badger and hare population in the Vale of Glamorgan area where I live. I have managed to find one remaining Hare. I can't explain how angry it makes me after I spent so long tracking these animals to the extent they had become almost accustomed to me, it is truly devastating and upsetting. If you didn't know there is a Hare preservation trust you can join @ http://hare-preservation-trust.com/
@olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world
 #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #leaveharesalone #hare

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


This is one of the first images I managed to capture of a Hare when I first moved to a new area a couple of years ago. This Hare is sadly no longer with us along with a husk (there are many names for a group of Hares for some reason, there is also drove, down, mute and trace) of other Hares that I managed to locate after months of setting trail cams and tracking. Unfortunately nearly all became victims of inane Hare coursing and abhorrent lampers which is rife in this area to the extent that these despicable vermin (sorry rats, no offence) have moved on as they have basically wiped out the badger and hare population in the Vale of Glamorgan area where I live. I have managed to find one remaining Hare. I can't explain how angry it makes me after I spent so long tracking these animals to the extent they had become almost accustomed to me, it is truly devastating and upsetting. If you didn't know there is a Hare preservation trust you can join @ http://hare-preservation-trust.com/ @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #leaveharesalone #hare

Sometimes there is something ethereal and serene about Mute Swans and I strive to evoke that when the chance arises. In this instance (similar to a recent facebook post) I was working on the striking white of the bird against a dark background. 
#splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages
 #captureonepro #cosmestoncountrypark
 #canon7dmk2  #muteswan #loves_birds

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Sometimes there is something ethereal and serene about Mute Swans and I strive to evoke that when the chance arises. In this instance (similar to a recent facebook post) I was working on the striking white of the bird against a dark background. #splendid_animals  #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro #cosmestoncountrypark  #canon7dmk2  #muteswan #loves_birds

As promised here is Marula again (forgot the name yesterday) from the last post but I wanted to show you all the wonderful whiskers and lovely teeth. 
I would have loved a cleaner background but you can only shoot what is in front of you and that is the one drawback of the Kruger, lots of wonderful Leopard sightings but messy backgrounds. She still is a beauty though! 😍
#splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #wildlife_vision
#nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #captureonepro
 #canon100_400  #canon7dmk2  #africa_nature  #krugernationalpark  #krugerthroughmyeyes  #intothekruger  #thisiskruger  #AFRICANature
#umlanibushcamp #timbavati

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


As promised here is Marula again (forgot the name yesterday) from the last post but I wanted to show you all the wonderful whiskers and lovely teeth. I would have loved a cleaner background but you can only shoot what is in front of you and that is the one drawback of the Kruger, lots of wonderful Leopard sightings but messy backgrounds. She still is a beauty though! 😍 #splendid_animals #planet_of_animals #wildlife_vision #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #captureonepro  #canon100_400  #canon7dmk2  #africa_nature  #krugernationalpark  #krugerthroughmyeyes  #intothekruger  #thisiskruger  #AFRICANature #umlanibushcamp #timbavati

Apologies I have shown this previously however this image 'Painted Pachyderm' is currently on display and for sale at Waterloo Tea Penylan, Cardiff as a 30" x 20" Canvas. It's part of a multi-artist exhibition on the theme of elephants which has been put together in memory of one of their previous chef's who sadly passed away after a long battle with a mental health illness. Commision proceeds will go to the chosen charity in Jude's name and all my proceeds wil go to Remembering Elephants who are fighting to save the elephant (1 dies every 15 minutes!!!!!!!!).The exhibition will be on until 8th January.  DON'T forget that this weekend is the last Craft Fayre of the year for me so if you want to have an odd shaped stocking to plunder on Christmas day, don't forget to point your nearest and dearest to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff where I will be at the Boutique Gift Markets. Do Pop in!! @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world
 #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1 #captureonepro

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Apologies I have shown this previously however this image 'Painted Pachyderm' is currently on display and for sale at Waterloo Tea Penylan, Cardiff as a 30" x 20" Canvas. It's part of a multi-artist exhibition on the theme of elephants which has been put together in memory of one of their previous chef's who sadly passed away after a long battle with a mental health illness. Commision proceeds will go to the chosen charity in Jude's name and all my proceeds wil go to Remembering Elephants who are fighting to save the elephant (1 dies every 15 minutes!!!!!!!!).The exhibition will be on until 8th January. DON'T forget that this weekend is the last Craft Fayre of the year for me so if you want to have an odd shaped stocking to plunder on Christmas day, don't forget to point your nearest and dearest to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff where I will be at the Boutique Gift Markets. Do Pop in!! @olympusuk #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1 #captureonepro

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect" - Chief Seattle

On World conservation day lest we forget that it's not only the Elephant and Rhino that are endangered but also the Lion, Giraffe, Cheetah, Pangolin etc. They are all involved in this frankly ludicrous struggle to survive amongst mans stupidity.

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect" - Chief Seattle On World conservation day lest we forget that it's not only the Elephant and Rhino that are endangered but also the Lion, Giraffe, Cheetah, Pangolin etc. They are all involved in this frankly ludicrous struggle to survive amongst mans stupidity.

Here comes the complete antithesis of yesterdays 'Evil Robin' the 'Chubba Robin'. Tomorrow is the Crafts for Christmas Fayre at St Donat's which will be chock full of gifty things for all and especially those unique images which funnily enough will only be on sale there 👍 
@olympusuk #splended_animals #evilrobins #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world
 #animal_shots_ 
#robcottleimages  #olympusuk
#olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #stdonats

Rob Cottle - Wildlife images (@robcottleimages)


Here comes the complete antithesis of yesterdays 'Evil Robin' the 'Chubba Robin'. Tomorrow is the Crafts for Christmas Fayre at St Donat's which will be chock full of gifty things for all and especially those unique images which funnily enough will only be on sale there 👍 @olympusuk #splended_animals #evilrobins #splendid_animals #nature_of_our_world  #animal_shots_  #robcottleimages  #olympusuk #olympusomdem1mkii #captureonepro #loves_birds #stdonats