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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and a very successful years photography!

In this newsletter there is information on my photo safaris here in Norfolk, what is happening at my woodland hide and news on some forthcoming trips of which the undoubted highlight a bird photography tour to New Zealand in 2019

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2017 was a mixed year here in North Norfolk for Barn Owls, some birds failed in their breeding attempts, but others were multi- brooded, we found one active nest as late as mid October.

Hares on the other hand had a productive year and I anticipate late winter being good for both hares and owls this year. Numbers of owls visiting our evening feeding station after dark are building. Having a Barn Owl hover just a few feet away against a star filled sky is truly memorable. If you want to do our Night Owls shoot but do not have suitable flash or the confidence to shoot at night like this, fear not, I can loan you the gear you need and set everything up, you just need to look through the viewfinder and press the shutter at the appropriate moment! More details here https://www.norfolkphotosafaris.com/owl-after-dark/. If you fancy adding this to a full or half day safari I can offer an evening session for a reduced £80.

My woodland hide is starting to get busy. Buzzards are daily visitors with a max of six different individuals down on one particularly busy day. Other species include Great spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Siskin, Mistile Thrush, Jay and a variety of tits.

The woodland hide can be rented for exclusive use for £75 per day and seats three.

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I first visited Shetland in 1982, landing on Fair Isle in May it was my first solo trip. It left such an impression I have been back to Shetland almost every year since, going on to pioneer photo tours on the isles in the 1990's. This year will see my 60th tour and to celebrate this I will once again be partnering with Brydon Thomason at Shetland Nature. As its a special year we will not only be running our regular spring departures of which there are a couple of spaces left, but we have also partnered with BBC Wildlife Magazine offering a special one week photo tour 14th to 21st July. Details of which will be in the March issue of the magazine out late February. If you would like to enquire more about this tour or book you can contact Shetland Nature through the link below.

For our spring departures there is more information here https://www.shetlandnature.net/photo-tours/shetland-photo-safari/.

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New Zealand 12th November to 2nd December 2019

Max 8 people.
Cost approx NZ $13,000 TBC. Cost excludes flights.

Few places I have visited are so rich in great photo opportunities as New Zealand. Albatross's including the biggest of all, the Wanderer, so close they peck at your wide angle lens, giant Sperm Whales, Kiwi's on moonlit beaches, one of the most extraordinary dawn choruses on earth on Tiritiri Matangi Island and breath taking scenery are just a few of the amazing experiences and photo opportunities we will enjoy on this 21 day tour. The pies are outstanding too.

I have teamed up with Brent Stephenson and Wrybill Tours, Brent is one of New Zealand's leading bird photographers and an outstanding guide. You can read about Brent and Wrybill
here http://wrybill-tours.com

This tour is still being finalised but if you are interested and would like to see a detailed itinerary please email me.

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Finally, a shameless plug for my new book just out. This is a look back from when I started to the present day featuring some of my favourite images and how I took them. Amazon are currently selling it for an almost 50% discount here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bird- Photographers-Diary-David-Tipling/dp/1925546128/ ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1? _encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NMHFJMQ96FB5S5BGYZP6