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Argaty Red Kite volunteer nominated for nature photography award

With subjects that are shy, fast moving and downright secretive, it’s no surprise that snapping wildlife is one of the hardest photographic disciplines. But Argaty Red Kites near Stirling volunteer photographer, Dean Bricknell, has never been put off by the challenge, and his skills have now seen him nominated for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2010.

Dean, who runs wildlife photography classes from Argaty Red Kites, near Doune, has lived in Scotland for 20 years, and although he works professionally as a wedding photographer, capturing the wild nature of this country on camera is what really moves him.

He said: “The hardest part about wildlife photography, isn’t taking the picture, it’s learning where the subject is going to be. I spend a lot of time out there in the wild, going back to the same places over and over again. It’s all about patience.”

Dean started going to Argaty about 4 years ago, and his many photographs of the red kites not only illustrate their grace and beauty, they’ve also provided an invaluable record of individual birds, through the numbered tags on their wings.

“The credit for the kites has to go to the people who brought them back from the brink, and have cared for them all these years,” Dean said. “If it wasn’t for their work, I would never have had such opportunities to take these pictures.

“I take thousands of shots every month, and I do it because I love it. Even sitting out in the cold and the wet for hours being eaten by midges, if you get your shot, it’s worth it.”

Dean runs regular photography workshops from Argaty. For more details, contact Argaty directly.

If you’re quick, there’s still time to vote for your favourite photographer. Voting for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards closes on March 31. You can see the nominations and vote here.

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