An awesome day and privilege to photograph at the Mai Po marshlands on the border between Hong Kong and Shenzen China. Not easily accessible as you need to arrange special permission to visit. To get to this hide I had to hike a few km through the reserve including across a narrow boardwalk floating on barrels which took us through some mangroves via a waterway. Slow going with all my camera gear. Then access to the hide on the China side behind a border gate. Here I was photographing across a flat area with the tide out looking towards the imposing skyscrapers of Shenzen and the ever approaching urbanisation. Mai Po is one of the last strongholds for migratory birds which pass through Hong Kong. It is under pressure from developers who want to build closer and closer to the boundary of the reserve. Mai Po is a good example of sustainable development thanks to the retention of the traditional gei wai shrimp farming method. From the WWF Mai Po website "Gei wai not only support vast numbers of aquatic and marine invertebrates and fish, they are also a food source for other wildlife including waterbirds, mammals and reptiles. Non-commercial fish and shrimp are left in drained down gei wai and become food for waterbirds. A single gei wai can attract up to 1,600 individual birds from many species, including the globally endangered Black-faced spoonbill. These traditional shrimp ponds are a good example of how coastal wetlands can be managed sustainably in a way that benefits both local communities and wildlife while minimizing impacts on the natural environment". I was indeed lucky enough to see a pair of Black faced spoonbills from this hide. Iconic and endangered birds with only about 3000 remaining in the wild. Images to follow after bird expert ID of one exciting species observed in particular..
Breaking News: 28th September 2015: One of my super moon photos from last night is going to appear on T.V. tonight in the U.K on ITV News here also is the link to the image:
It will also be appearing in the Bournemouth Daily Echo tomorrow 30th September with a brief article about me. The Daily Echo website now has four of the photos from the last two days here:
To all friends and followers new and old alike welcome to my blog where you can follow my updates. The project has changed somewhat being broken down into a series of photo books. Starting with the first one about the Cat Survival Trust in Welwyn. Future books will continue to tell their story overseas. Stay tuned.
Keep checking back for updates and images added to the galleries and slideshows over the coming weeks and months. Fine art prints will be available for purchase soon in limited editions. Some even more exclusive images will be announced and viewings available online via password protected links for only the most interested followers of my work. Numerous printing options will be made available from traditional fine art museum grade archival paper to LED backlighting with variable dimmer switching options using special print processes on acrylic that meets the same standard of image quality as fine art paper but using the latest even light dispersion backlighting technology. This method of presentation will allow the collector control over the nuances and subtlety of lighting and detail usually only available when using front lit track spotlighting as seen in fine art galleries. Have this kind of control in your own home with special low profile LED ightboxes to highlight a unique piece of art work as a centrepiece in your home and luminance adjustable via remote control. Multiple framing options allows the technology to be incorporated behind traditional wooden frames and/or using more modern looking presentation. Using LED lighting also means very low energy consumption.