Jonathan Smithies
Wildlife Photography

Road trip with a reptilian rock-star

While I was driving towards a quiet village in Southwest Turkey called Osmaniye, a very big lizard ran across the road and scuttled into the bushes. I pulled over the car to discover there were in fact two of them, perhaps a male and a female. I later learned that the scientific name for these creatures was Laudakia stellio, also known as the Roughtail

Swallows in bloom

Travelling internationally as a wildlife photographer comes with its own very unique set of challenges, not least of which is lugging around large, expensive and heavy camera equipment. I am visiting south west Turkey, and came across a swallow nest in a small structure, situated next to a freshwater lake. There were easily 10-15 swallows flying around, but in the noon-day Mediterranean sun, I

Kingfisher o’clock

Just down the road from where I live is a nature reserve that is home to resident kingfishers. I am unashamedly captivated by these magnificent yet common birds. Based purely on how infrequently most people see them, you would be forgiven for thinking that kingfishers are not that common. However that is not the case. Kingfishers are a resident species throughout the UK and

Ponies and dragonflies

Birds, particularly smaller passerines, are my primary passion in terms of what I most love to photograph. I really enjoy the challenge of photographing such incredibly beautiful and often skittish avian wildlife. I feel so connected to nature when outdoors, in the wild, with my camera. Somehow going out birding feels like stepping into another world. I get to leave the busy-ness of my

Finding the dipper

A couple of days ago I managed to break the curtain rail in my bedroom. Consequently, I’ve been woken up earlier than usual by the morning light. Yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the fact I was awake, so I headed to my local park in search of a kingfisher. I’ve managed to photograph the kingfisher a number of times over the last

Love is in the air

In June, I had the privilege of photographing my friends wedding in the Brecon Beacons. A couple of months before, I did their engagement shoot! In addition to my Canon EF 25-105mm lens I brought for the wedding, I also packed my EF 500mm f/4 prime – just in case I had time for my favourite activity, bird photography. The morning of Jethro’s wedding,

Chasing warblers at Minsmere

Over the June half term I drove 6 hours across the country to the Suffolk coast to visit a natural paradise for birds and wildlife, RSPB Minsmere. The reserve boasts a wide variety of natural habitats, including heathland, coastland, woodland, wetland and marshland, all in one relatively small but gloriously rich pocket of the country. On the first day I met up with my

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About me

Jonathan Smithies is a British wildlife photographer currently living in Bristol. He has a passion for photographing birds and enjoys travelling throughout the UK and abroad.