Moorhens fighting – all is not as it seems.

Moorhen fights These two moorhens Gallinula chloropus are fighting over a mate, but it is more likely to be two females fighting over a male than the other way round. The male is more likely to be seen passively sitting on the nest. This behaviour typically occurs around April at the start of the breeding […]

Moorhens fighting

Racing Stripe Flatworm on colourful coral

Racing stripe flatworm

Racing stripe flatworm swims over Discosoma coral Location & date Chocolate Island, Malapascua, Philippines. 16th November 2014 Subject The racing stripe flatworm Pseudoceros bifurcus is a ‘say what you see’ species. The distinctive white stripe with dark border easily identifies this species. This example has a cut, possibly a bite mark, on one side. This particular […]


Biodiversity of coral reefs

Coral reef scene in the Red Sea Location & date Emperor divers house reef at Palace and Sahara Sands Hotels, Marsa Alam, Egypt: 21st June 2014 Subject – Biodiversity of coral reefs This image for me encapsulates the biodiversity of coral reefs in one picture. It is probably the most species I have ever crammed into one […]

Biodiversity of coral reefs in one picture

Fluorescent polyps of reef building coral

Fluorescent coral polyps

Image under ultraviolet showing fluorescent coral polyps Location & date Wadi Lahami, Red Sea, Egypt: 23rd June 2014 Subject Corals of the Pocillopora genus are some of the fastest growing on the coral reef, and are therefore an important part of the reef building process. They tend to be found in shallow water – this one […]


Skye Landscape – Old man of Storr

View from the Old Man of Storr Location & date Isle of Skye, UK: 17th January 2014 Subject The Isle of Skye is one of the most inspirational places in the UK for landscape photography. This is a view from the Old Man of Storr back towards the Scottish mainland. A few snow-peaked mountains can […]

View from the Old Man of Storr in Skye

Double-spined urchin

Double-spined or banded sea urchin

The double-spined or banded sea-urchin Echinothrix calamaris   Location & date Malapascua, Philippines: 14th November 2014 Subject A close-up of the banded (or double-spined) sea urchin Echinothrix calamaris showing the translucent anal papilla (which looks like a glitter ball). The banded spines can clearly be seen, as well as the five naked areas of test […]


A shoal of lyretail anthias in the Red Sea

Why do fish shoal

As an experienced SCUBA diver I come across shoals of fish on virtually every dive, from tiny damselfish to schools of jack and even shoals of hammerhead sharks. It is well known that small fish form shoals for defence from predators, but how does this work? Surely a mass of prey is more visible and […]


Two guillemots standing out from the crowd

Killing two birds with one stone 1

…And other inappropriate metaphors. How about some modern alternatives? Killing two birds with one stone I often find myself using old-fashioned expressions without paying any thought to how inappropriate they might be. As a keen birder, conservationist and bird photographer “Killing two birds with one stone” is probably the most inappropriate aphorism of all. In particular […]