A red kite, taken at Gigrin Farm in mid Wales. Both my homes, Wales and Switzerland are strongholds for this remarkable bird, and the good people at Gigrin Farm have done more than most to conserve them. It is well worth a visit if you get the chance. For my money there is no abler aeronaut than the red kite.
This shot was taken at Rapperswil on Lake Zurich. I wish I could tell you I planned it, but the truth is that I was wandering around looking for wildfowl to photograph and it just happened in front of me. I’m pretty pleased with it, for all that.
Cheetah & cub
But if you do travel far, you can also see amazing things, like this cheetah mother and cub. This was taken in Kenya, in the Masai Mara. We had some really excellent local guides who knew the animals and did a fabulous job of getting you into the right place for the picture you wanted. We followed this mother and cub for some time, which was a real privilege.
A shot taken at the 2009 tour of Britain, the peloton at full gas over Westminster Bridge.
Although, one of the reasons I like this shot is that you don’t have to be told anything about it, you can see at a glance what’s happening and where it’s happening.
A gannet, taken while on holiday in the Shetland Isles. A powerful marine hunter, the great gannet colonies of the Shetland Isles are a sight to behold. You don’t necessarily have to travel that far to see great wildlife.
A bear, taken on a weekend in Finland. Again, we were lucky enough to have great local guides. In Finland, typically, you’re put into a hide to await the arrival of bears and wolves, etc.
Supposedly the animals all fear man, which makes sense, I think. But when you’re sitting alone in a hide made from an old caravan you are very aware how flimsy the barrier between you and the bears is.
Gareth Owen was born in Usk, Monmouthshire and currently lives near Zurich in Switzerland.
He regards himself as extraordinarily lucky, having lived in two remarkable countries and having had the wherewithal to be able to visit many other wonderful places.
His love of photography grew out of a love of travel and nature, he considers his landscape photography as ok, but it’s animals that really inspire him and that’s where he thinks he gets his best results.
He also likes to photograph professional cycling, a remarkably similar discipline to wildlife photography requiring patience, an understanding of the subject and the ability to react to a rapidly changing situation.
Just like wildlife photography.