Dickie Duckett FRPS
After a career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, including 5 years flying with and, later, leading the Red Arrows, I worked for a few years for a national charity.
In retirement, photography is now my main interest.
I have been interested in the natural world, and especially birds, since I was a small boy. However, I did not try to photograph subjects until a posting to the Falkland Islands in 1985 inspired me to buy a camera. My 5 month tour there was mainly in the winter, but I was
still able to see and photograph some of the wonderful wildlife in the islands.
I returned to photograph the Falklands wildlife in 2004, and in 2007
when I also spent 2 weeks around South Georgia.
I now live in the Thames Valley where there are many opportunities for photographing wildlife, especially water birds.
Great-crested Grebes trying to re-build their nest as heavy rain raises the river level.
Sadly, despite their efforts, the nest became completely flooded and the
birds left the two eggs and swam away with the
two chicks that had already hatched.