Pantanal August 2018.
We have been back now for two weeks and still not down loaded all of my cards. We had a fantastic time, we photographed 14 individual Jaguars on 20 occasions, and recorded some 137 species of birds and 13 animals.
Garden Day 28th June 2015.
Another year has gone by, it’s Garden Day again at Browside in Boldron the home of the Kearton family helping raising money for the NGS for cancer.
This year we raised £1900.00 down on last year but still a tidy sum, numbers were down due to the weather forecast but the sun come out eventually.
Wildwatch Tours raised the most it has raised at these open days by selling photographs and raised the sum of £100.00. Each year we put on a small exhibition from my clients all in the aid of cancer.
This year four of us stayed for a week renting a cottage in the village, helping to set the day up, working on the day and the next day putting everything away.
I wish to thank the Kearton family for their kind hospitality over the week and all of the other helpers in making this day such a success.
As we were here for a week we made various excursions, to stone circles, Beamish, West Burton Falls, and the Lake District.
Each evenings we had a out, the two highlights were Fish and Chips at the Fox Inn and a meal on a Double Decker Bus parked at Anne and Steven Kearton’s house which was a new experience, the meals were prepared downstairs and we all dined upstairs, wine and beer was courtesy of the Kearton family.
Kenya – August 2014 – Tuesday October 2014
We are not long back from Kenya, we all had a fantastic photographic experience of a lifetime, especially with the big cats.
Any budding photographers out there who want to see and photograph Africa’s wildlife at it’s best with professional guides and photographer, contact Peter on 01623 411215 we only have 5 places left for 2015.
Garden Day – Thursday 3rd July, 2014
It’s that time of the year again Sunday 29th June 2014, NGS at Browside Boldron. The Kearton family open their garden to the public to raise money for cancer each year. Members of Wildwatch Tours go along to help to set up and to put away everything afterwards. We also put up an photographic exhibition of some of the pictures taken on our holidays. The weather was kind to us with a mixture of grey clouds and sunshine this year, we managed to raise £2400.00 which is the third highest in the past 21 years it’s been running. Many thanks to all who came and all of the volunteers.
After we had cleared up on Monday four of us drove part of the TDF route and photographed the Villages, bunting and bicycles, stopping at Bedale for an Indian meal. Tuesday the four of us went to the Farne Island to photograph Puffins and Terns etc, we had a great day with a calm sea and glorious sunshine.
California. – Friday 25th October, 2013
We are not long back from a great trip to California, it was a great shame and disaster to see the fire and the day we went into Yosemite NP the government closed it, but we were allowed in to most of the park, overall all went well.
Open Garden Day – Thursday 27th June, 2013
It’s that time of the year again 23rd June, NGS at Browside Boldron. The Kearton family open their garden to the public to raise money for cancer each year. Members of Wildwatch Tours go along to help to set up and to put away everything afterwards. We also put up an photographic exhibition of some of the pictures taken on our holidays.
Considering the weather which was showers and sunshine on the day we managed to raise £1900.00.
Many thanks to all.
DPAGB – Friday 26th April, 2013
Congratulations to Linda Cowen and Patricia Kearton both have been awarded their DPAGB last weekend, with photographs taken on a Wildwatch Tours holiday.
Botswana & Namibia. – Sunday 30th September, 2012
We are now back from a 19 day visit to Botswana and Namibia, this was another excellent trip to Africa, number of animals were down due to miles and miles of fires and most of them had moved away from our area, but we did have good and close encounters with Leopards, Lions, Cheetah’s and Wild Dogs to name a few. Anyone interested in going to Africa with us please keep an eye on our website for Africa and other destinations.
Equipment sale – Thursday 23rd August, 2012
Canon A1 film camera.
Canon A1 motor wind.
100mm Macro lens FD.
Set FD extention tubes.
Canon Macrolight flash unit for 100mm macro lens.
EOS 1V film camera body.
Battery grip BG-E2N for Canon 20D/30/D40D/50D.
Battery Grip BG-E4 for Canon 5D mark 1.
3.5 Nikon lens 35mm.
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Scotland a joint trip with Wild at Heart Deborah Benham (WDCS) Moray Firth. – Friday 08th June, 2012
We got back from Scotland on the 27th after spending 10 glorious days in the sun.
Our highlights was watching Dolphins at Cromarty only a few feet from the shore. We also went Dolphin watching by boat as well as a seabird coastal cruise.
Another day we went out with Dan Puplett to learn about field crafts, tracking and wild foods.
Also visited an RSPB reserve at Troupe Head with the warden to see Puffins, Gannets and other seabirds.
We all had a great day bird watching with Dave to name a few birds we found both Red and Black-throated Divers, Red Kites, Buzzards, Ospreys but we missed out on the Eagles and Crested Tits, another highlight was listing to the Cuckoo’s calling.
With lots Red Deer and a few Roe Deer, we did well for Mountain and Brown Hare’s, a few of my group photographed Red Squirrels.
On our first night we had an excellent lecture and slide show by a local wildlife photographer and Dolphin expert Charlie Phillips.
In all this was a great trip with good accommodation and our meals were excellent.
DPAGB – Monday 30th April, 2012
Congratulations to Susan Wilson gaining her DPAGB distintion with photographs taken on a Wildwatch Tours holiday.
Japan. – Tuesday 20th March, 2012
Eleven of us have recently come back from an excellent photographic trip to Japan. It was cold for most of the time (-24) but we all coped, but this gave us lots of opportunities with clear sky’s to take lots of great pictures. Mostly of Snow Monkey’s, Eagles, Swans and Cranes.
Some of our pictures can be found on my website or Facebook page.
PAGB Awards – Monday 02nd January, 2012
Four of our clients Nigel Atkins, Patricia Kearton and Linda Cowen have been awarded their CPAGB and David Edwards DPAGB, congratulations to all.
New Destinations 2013 – Friday 09th December, 2011
Yellowstone in Winter with big Cats, January.
Sri Lanka Leopards and Blue Whales March.
Alaska Bears and Whales July or August.
Swaziland Big Game September.
We are taking bookings for all of these trips now.
Railway Journeys in Southern Africia. – Wednesday 09th November, 2011
We are now pleased to be able too offer a service for Rovos Rail in Southern Africia.
Please contact Peter on 01623 411215 for more information.
New Destinations for 2012/13 – Monday 03rd October, 2011
Bird photography in Hungary. 2013 Bear and Whale watching in Alaska, for more information contact Peter on 01623 411215 now.
BC Canada September 2011 – Friday 16th September, 2011
Another great trip properly the trip I have led to BC Canada, after our arrival to Campbell River Vancouver Island the following day we went on our first whale watch, this was a most successful watch, finding some 200 Pacific White sided Dolphins trapped by six Orca’s at the end of a estuary, we watched them trying to hunt down the Dolphins for over one hour eventually catching only one or two of them.
The next morning we caught our seaplane for our next part of this exciting trip to see the Grizzly Bears, again we were not disappointed watching these bears catching Salmon and teaching there cubs to do the same, we also photographed Black Bear with her cub, another highlight was watching and photographing the River Otter and her family at close quarters, we were also able to photograph Bold Eagles and Herons at close quarters.
Two days later we then travelled up to Prince Rupert to photograph Humpback Whales we spent some eight hours over two days watching and photographing them in small groups some with calves but the highlight was these whales breaching many times.
Then back to Vancouver for two nights visiting Stanley Park in the afternoon, the next day we split up into two groups one group went Orca watching for the day again it was a very successful day seeing many pods, the other group went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge which is some 80m above the waters and 150m span (not for the faint hearted) across the raging waters of the Capilano Canyon, afterwards going back to town to see the famous steam working clock tower in Gastown.
On our last day in the morning we went to Granville Island to visit its quaint shops and markets to do some final gift shopping before catching our return flight home.
Dolphins. – Wednesday 17th August, 2011
Join us on our new adventure Dolphin and Seabird watching in North East Scotland in May 2012.
Sri Lanka – Tuesday 09th August, 2011
Just back from a exciting 11 day trip to Sri Lanka, we were picked up at the airport by our guide Sam and put into a bus which was our main mode of transport other than the national parks. All our hotels were of a high standard but not without one or two minor problems which were corrected immediately.
We started off covering some culture which was very interesting, our main reason for our visit was to see Leopards and we wasn’t disopointed, finding some 12 individuals and 1 only Sloth Bear. Our other sighting were also good lots of monkey’s and a big array of beautiful birds.
Birds of Prey – Wednesday 13th July, 2011
Another successful one day event, a full group photographed 9 species of birds of prey.
Open Garden Day 26th June 2011. – Thursday 30th June, 2011
This is our 3rd year of haveing an exhibition at this event but 10 years for the garden to be opened, each year we have more and more visitors and raising even more money for the National Gardens charities, this year we raised £3320.19. Many thanks for all that helped to make this a successful day.
Isle of Mull – Wednesday 11th May, 2011
Just back from having a great time on the Isle of Mull, the sun was out all day every day for one week, the wildlife was the best one could exspect to find, just in one day alone we recorded over 70 species of birds, the best being White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Buzzard, Peregrine, Mergansers, Red-throated Diver, Great-northern Diver, Great Skua, Turtle Dove, Corncrake, Sea Otter, Arctic Hare, Red Deer, Grey Seals, Porpoise and Bottle Nosed Dolphines just to name a few. We will be going back in May 2012 anyone interested please call Peter on 01623 411215 ASAP as this trip will book up early.
Winter Finland Photographic Tour – Friday 25th February, 2011
Just returned back from Finland on a six day break, at this time of the year it can be very cold we had -20/30 every day one has too get dressed up for it, but its just one great big Christmas Card with snow coverd trees and landscapes. The wildlife was also excellent we managed to photograph Golden Eagles, Siberian Jays and Tits, Willow Tits, Greater-spotted Woodpeckers, Hawk Owls, Snowy Owls, Crossbills, Pine Grosbeak, Waxwing, Red Squirrels, Otters, Wolverine, Arctic Fox, European Wolves and European lynx.
Arron / Mull – Tuesday 30th November, 2010
We are running a new trip to Arran or Mull early May 2011 anyone interested please contact Peter on 01623 411215 ASAP to save disappointment. Now Full.
Whitby Photo weekend – Thursday 04th November, 2010
Seven of us had a enjoyable 4 day photographic workshop photographing Goths and Landscapes, even the weather was kind to us. Anyone intrested in joining my group next year 4/5/6/7 November 2011, please contact Peter on 01623 411215.
Namibia 2010 – Monday 27th September, 2010
We met Vincent our guide and driver at Windhoek Airport for the start of our 15 day safari, starting in Sossusvlei with a trek up Dune 45, then after lunch we walked over the Dunes to a magnificent view of Dead Pan, the following day we arrived in Walvis Bay to photograph the Flamingo’s at the Salt Pans, we woke up to wind & rough sea next morning which meant our boat trip to see Dolphins was now called off, so we headed to Dune 7.
We then went up the Skeleton Coast calling at Cape Cross to see the Fur Seals, arriving at our next lodge Camp Kipwe set in a hillside built around large boulders, the next day we drove down the river bed to find the Desert Elephants, we found Rosie’s herd heading for the water dam where the local villagers had pumped water in for them earlier.
The following two days were spent in Etendeka Concession Park where we saw Klipspringers, Giraffe, Elephants, Mountain Zebra, Springbok, Steenbok, Ostriches, Kudu & Oryx. At night we sat around the camp fire where our dinner was cooking and afterwards we viewed the stars & moon from Dennis’s telescope as well as learning a little about the sky at night.
Our next three days were spent in Etosha National Park where we saw Black Faced Impala, Dik Dik, Wildebeest, Warthog, Eland, Jackal, Ground Squirrels and a Camelion. At the watering holes we saw 1 large Bull Elephant chasing a Black Rhino, 40 Elephants appearing in the distance heading towards us at the same water hole, 30 Zebra drinking at the next, a Lion at the next being chased by an Elephant and moving on to the next where 16 Giraffe’s gathered for a drink, we then saw a Caracal Cat and just a few minutes later two Leopards.
Our next stop was Okonjima Africat Foundation where we saw Leopard and 11 Cheetah’s we also saw Porcupines from the night hide and many birds from our chalet balconies.
At the next lodge we were able to walk to within a few feet of two large White Rhino’s.
We finished our trip with a lovely meal at Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek.
Patricia Kearton LRPS.
Tigers and Monuments March 2010.
Another very successful trip with an excellent team and company.
16 clients plus Susie set off to India on 19th March one day before the airline strike started all went well with no problems with BA at all.
On arriving time was spent in Delhi sightseeing before flying onto Nagpur and Transferred to Pench National Park. It wasn’t long into the next day before all of my clients found there first Tiger it’s such a relief to find the first one.
And things just got better as time went on, moving to Kanha National Park and eventually to Bandhavgarh National Park. In the three national parks we found some 20 individual Tigers including first year cubs.
A few of our clients were lucky enough to have a Leopard walk leisurely in front of their vehicle what an experience; we found two over the trip.
4 Jungle Cats were also seen, two other excellent sighting were Sloth Bear and numerous Dhole (Wild Dogs). Well over a 100 species of birds were also seen.
Eventually we went to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal one morning and evening to photograph at sunrise and sunset. Onward back to Delhi for some more monuments and shopping before flying back to the UK.
Tanzania December 2009. – Wednesday 20th January, 2010
Other than my unfortunate problem listed below, we all had a great time in Tanzania.
The weather was generally good for us mainly sunshine with the occasional shower.
We found a varied selection of birds and all the big game, including Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion and Cheetah of which we had excellent views.
Our driver guides both Bill and Alex looked after us extremely well and seemed to know where to find our wildlife.
Holiday Insurance – Wednesday 20th January, 2010
Lessons learnt from my unfortunate experience of a heart attack on my recent trip to Tanzania December 2009.
It is advisable to check your holiday insurance cover.
Please make sure that you have advised your insurance company of any prior medical conditions.
Please carry with you your insurance policy details and your doctor’s telephone number.
Making sure that it has adequate cover for all circumstances, these include flying doctor services, evacuation from ships if on the Arctic and Antarctic tours all medical expenses including hospitals.
A credit card, to cover any immediate payments and any repatriation costs.
Fortunately for me I had adequate cover.
I was first flown to Arusha hospital and then onto a Nairobi hospital, I found both to be excellent hospitals, the cleanleness was second to none, all the nursers and doctors were some of the most caring I have ever met.
Susan had to stay at the Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi this was opposite to the hospital, I also had to have a 3 day rest bite their before flying home. The staff couldn’t do enough for both Susan and I, they sent me flowers to me from the hotel and even two of the staff came to visit and bought flowers and a card, this I found most humbleing for total strangers to visit me saying prayers and well wishes for me from them.
I would like to take this oppourtunity to thank all for there help and best wishes to both the hospitals and the hotel.
If you have any questions please contact me and I will try to help.