Jonathan Smithies
Wildlife Photography

Tag: turkey

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

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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.