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Ron McCombe Wildlife Photographer

Workshops – Images – Illustrated Talks

Ron has been a full-time wildlife photographer for over fifteen years, running workshops here in the Scottish Borders and throughout Scotland and Northern Europe. He also travels to Africa, Canada, USA, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and the Czech Republic searching for his images.

Ron has a large image library of his photographs and gives illustrated talks to interested groups,

All the images displayed here are the copyright of Ron McCombe. If you would like to own a copy of one or more please contact him on this link 

 

Blue Tit

Woodland BIrd Hide Scottish Borders

I get just as much pleasure from photographing the local common species at home. The blue tit is great little bird very industrious, great parent rearing many young at once and usually having a second brood if the food in good supply.

 

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Vervet Monkey

 

Kruger National Park Africa

 

The vervet monkey I think is my favourite monkey in Africa. They are very attractive and very mischievous. They are quite common in the Kruger National Park I came across them almost everywhere I went. 

Yellow-Billed Stork

 

Kruger National Park South Africa

 

Yellow-billed storks at their nest site having a disagreement on who should be tidying the nest. I’m quite pleased with this image.

 

The nest was 200 yards away and the picture was taken out of the window of the vehicle on a bean bag, with a focal length of 1200 mm at f8 and a shutter speed of 1/2500 sec.

Lilac Breasted Roller

 

Kruger National Park – South Africa

This is one of the wonderfully coloured birds that the African continent has n abundance. Thus the amazingly coloured bird is quite a common sight in Africa in general, but the Kruger National Park in particular. They feed on crickets, locusts and invertebrates and are often found perched on dead trees and tops of bushes.

Sable

Kruger National Park. South Africa.

The sable is one of the antelope family and quite a thing to see. They are quite a rarity these days, and this one caused a bit of a stir amongst the locals and visitors alike when it appeared. I am very pleased to have taken this picture as it was one of my target species for the trip and one I thought I might struggle to get.

Spotted Hyena

Kruger National Park, South Africa

The spotted hyena is one of the most common mammals in Africa, some times difficult to see depending terrain, but in the bushveld of the Kruger National Park, they just appear from nowhere, which makes it a very dangerous animal indeed.

 

African Elephant

Taken in Kruger National Park South Africa.

We got too close to this large male elephant and it gave us a false charge just to warn us off. We didn’t need a second warning! Just behind him and out of sight from us in the bushes were a group of fifteen elephants with young ones, that’s why he got a little excited

African Brown Snake Eagle

 

Kruger National Park South Africa

Taken in the Kruger National Park South Africa. A very striking eagle, it sits on the very top of available trees looking for food, snakes and lizards etc. then swoops down to finds its prey.

 

Eurasian Nuthatch, juvenile

 

This is a juvenile nuthatch taken at my woodland bird hide near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

The adult bird has a very pointed beak, the juvenile is softer and more rounded, probably not long out of the nest it will elongate quite quickly now it is feeding itself.

 

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Red Deer

This image is from the Scottish Highlands near Braemar. There had been a lot of snowfall overnight and the red deer were driven off the mountains looking for food and found it difficult to find because of the depth of the snow.

Because of this, the red deer will come into the woodlands as the snow is not as deep and forage for food. This red deer stag started to nibble lichens off the tree trunks as he was so hungry. It’s an unusual picture to get but I am very pleased I managed it.

Winter is an amazing time in the snowy highlands of Scotland. Wildlife behaves in an extreme manner in extreme conditions and they do unpredictable things which makes Scotland one of the best places to photograph wildlife. Red deer mountain hares, ptarmigan,  golden eagle, pine marten and Scottish wildcat.

What a feast of wildlife to be had.

See more red deer images here 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

This is from my woodland bird hide near Hawick in the Scottish Borders. I like to get the more difficult flight shots if the occasion arises, the woodpeckers have had a good breeding season rearing three young woodpeckers all fit and healthy.

All the family come into the hide area to feed regularly giving me the chance to get some images including this one of the female woodpecker in flight.

You can see more images from the woodland bird hide here in this link

Hawk Owl

This is probably my favourite owl, the hawk owl, taken near Oulu, in Western Finland. The owl has a mouse in its talons, this is to feed the owlets at the nest.

 

The perch the owl is sitting on is opposite the nest site and the owl uses this every time it comes in to feed it’s young. So if you can find a spot like this, you should get better images.

 

The hawk owl will sit at the very top of the trees and wait until it sees a mouse or other prey then swoops down and picks it up in its talons and takes back to the nest site.

Pine Grossbeak

This is a stunning bird, A male Pine Grosbeak taken in Northern Finland at a place called Kaarmanen, at the Hotel Naljan Tuulen Tupa. It’s a hotel that specialises in photographer and bird watchers.

The hotel staff make the most amazing fish soup, after being out in the deep snow, the fish soup is exactly what you need to warm you up. There are a number of pine grosbeaks around the hotel at a feeding station along with other bird species.

It’s a great place to start a trip or a stop-off point when travelling into Norway.

Goldfinch standoff.

Goldfinches are quite an aggressive species of bird. They bully other birds to get at the food, but in particular, they are very aggressive to other goldfinches during this competition for food. It’s not the easiest shot to get but possible with patience and determination. 

This was taken at my woodland bird hide here in the Scottish Borders near Hawick.  See details here 

Golden Eagle

This image was taken in Northern Sweden near Kalvtrask, Vasterbotton Lan which is in the Arctic Circle.

I have been travelling to Northern Sweden for many years. The end of the platform where the bird is sitting is seven metres from the camera. There is a piece of meat in the snow. The eagles come down and eat the meat which takes a few minutes, plenty of time to get the picture. I have had this image in my head for 8 years of the eagle being lit up with the late afternoon sun. I have sat there when the bird was feeding but no sun, I have sat there with lots of sunshine and no eagle. Eventually, the plan came together. Patience is a virtue.

More golden eagle images here 

Golden Eagle in setting sun

Northern Gannet

 

Taken on a visit to Bass Rock at nesting time. Quite a tender moment as the adult gannet preens it’s young.

 

It’s a great privilege to be able to land on Bass Rock with over 60,000 breeding pairs on the very small island.

It’s a great trip well worth the effort

 

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Osprey fishing

This is my favourite osprey image taken in the Scottish Highlands near Aviemore. The osprey dives from a great height to catch the fish in a small lochan. Once the fish is in the bird’s talons, the bird will turn the fish’s head to face the front to keep the wind drag down making it easier to get the food back to its nest for the chicks to feed on.

At the end of June, the young birds start to leave the nest and the adults teach them to dive for fish. The birds feed up preparing for their long migration to Spain and Portugal.

For more osprey images see this link 

Ron McCombe Wildlife Photographer
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