In early February David and Sarah spent two weeks in Finland.  Sarah wanted to experience proper snow and go cross-country skiing.  It wasn't a photography trip but David took his camera and got some photos.  For most of the holiday the weather was very cloudy, in fact only the first and last days were sunny and nights clear, so they had to wait until the very last night for a reasonable display of the 'Northern Lights' near Ruka.  The temperature at the time was -25 degrees Celsius and though this didn't stop his camera working it did begin to freeze the tears in his eyes!  Finland is a remarkable place in winter.  
(The snow-covered, sculpture-like trees were at Iso Syote; the Lappish hut was near Ruka; the Siberian jay was coming to food near a cafe and the lynx was photographed in a wildlife park.)
This month David has the cover of Cornwall Life along with his usual photography article inside, this month featuring the Isles of Scilly

and the stone curlew was used on the cover of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's magazine this quarter.
       
There are a lot of white-winged gulls in Cornwall at the moment, David photographed glaucous and Iceland gulls in Newlyn (photos show adult glaucous gull in flight and juvenile with fish; below that are adult Iceland gull on the water and a juvenile at rest)
David continues to develop the set up in front of his hide and took these photos, along with many more, on the 7th of January:
The first sunny day for quite a while, David spent some time in his hide.
A good day out with Sean Witts at Helston, a bit of good light, nice reflections and a cafe to escape the worst of the weather.  The shovelers were playing hard to get but three of them took off in quick succession giving us the chance of a flight shot.
In December David had a few days on the Somerset Levels.  The weather could have been better but David saw some fantastic wildlife including otter, marsh harriers, bearded tits, bitterns, great white egrets and much more.  Here are a few photos.
Having fun with squirrels!
David continues to work from his hide with birds coming to berries.  Today he had a visit from a male hawfinch, a beautiful bird which paused to eat the kernel from a haw.  Blackbirds dominate the berries including this male who had to work hard to pull a berry off!
David took a group of photographers from Lostwithiel U3A Photo Group to Cot Valley on the 29th of November.  Here are two photos he took.  It was a tricky session with rain making it difficult to keep the filters dry but there were a couple of dry spells to take photos.  Neither of these photos is 'perfect' but they give an idea of the types of images taken by the group, all of whom were keen to try out their ND filters with a bit of advice from David!
David has been photographing from his hide on his smallholding, and at Helston boating lake, here are a few photos taken in the last few days:
This week David has photographed the white-rumped sandpiper at St Gothian Sands; some wildlife from his own hide on the smallholding and has spent a day at Golitha Falls where he found some wonderful eyelash fungus.
 
Much to Sarah's consternation David took a trip to London in October.  The aim was to photograph deer and other wildlife in Richmond Park and to visit the Wetland Centre amongst other places.  There was a bit of rutting activity amongst the deer, more so the fallow than the red, but David was also taken by the ring-necked parakeets which have multiplied significantly since he was last in London (about 18 years ago).  In fact there are a lot of non-native species in London including the Egyptian geese (bottom left) and many wild creatures are tamer in London than in less-populated parts of the country, such as the grey heron.
David and Sarah spent some time on the Isles of Scilly in September.  The flowers below are autumn ladies tresses on Harry's Walls and least adder's tongue fern (an exceptionally rare, and small, plant) on Wingletang Down; the birds are green and pectoral sandpipers and David took a few panoramas as well as standard landscapes.  Some of these photos, and more, will form part of a Cornwall Life photography feature in February 2018.
A few colourful photos taken in the last few days:
A couple of pond-related photos: a female beautiful demoiselle, taken during a day out with Lostwithiel U3A Photo Group and a swallow drinking from the pond on David and Sarah's smallholding.
David has had a couple of days out in the last week.  On Saturday he took St Agnes Camera Club out for a day working on macro subjects and at Helston boating lake there are some young tufted ducks.
The range of shapes and colours found in moths is incredible.  It's been a great year for elephant hawkmoths (bottom right) so watch out for their larvae in August/September.  Can you spot the two peppered moths in the photo below?  (Also shown are coxcomb prominent, Chinese character, pale prominent and buff-tip.)
David and Sarah have spent some time away in their motorhome in early summer, they visited the Forest of Bowland, Arnside and Silverdale AONB, The Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.  David has written articles about wildlife in each of these areas.  Here are just a small number of photos.
Forest of Bowland
Yorkshire Dales (from Ingleton to Wensleydale and Swaledale)
Cumbria (from Kirkby Stephen to Ullswater and the Langdales)
Arnside and Silverdale
David and Sarah have just spent a week away in the Bude and Hartland area of Cornwall and Devon.  One of the birding highlights were the willow tits, quite a rare bird nowadays!  Here are some pics:
In April David is working on a project to photograph garden birds in spring-like situations for calendars and cards.
After returning from the Cairngorms David took some student groups to the Westcountry Wildlife Photography Centre in Devon.  The photo of harvest mice on hogweed cost him dear with a severe burn to his hand caused by hogweed sap: be warned!
In March David led his final trip for Falmouth University students to the Cairngorms.  The trip was a great success with many fantastic photos taken by the students.  It's sad to think that this is the last of these trips but David hopes the trip will continue with other staff leading it.