Richard Bedford Bird Photography | About

Nature conservation has always been important to me and my early years were spent studying it formally. During this time I carried out voluntary work at various RSPB nature reserves, and found that it was not only invaluable in relation to my studies but also as a new life experience.

In 1988 my studies concluded when I spent three fascinating months at Kilcoole, Southern Ireland working for the Irish Wildbird Conservancy as the main warden on a Little Tern breeding colony, again a great experience.

I am now a Chartered Building Surveyor by profession and enjoy the challenges it continues to present me on a daily basis.

I've been a keen birder since 1986 but like most birdwatchers I suspect, have been interested in birds from an early age, marvelling at their beauty and behaviour. Thanks have to go to Paul Gosling of Northamptonshire, who introduced me to birding during the 80s while we were studying Conservation Management together.

In 2004 I picked up a camera for the first time and instantly became interested in photographing birds in flight. Common birds within the UK are my most favoured subjects which, together with some macro photography, represents the majority of my ongoing work. My other main interest lies in the promotion of bird and nature conservation, and I would like to think my enthusiastic approach and manner has helped to convert at least some people I regularly meet whilst out and about.

I have won Birdguides Photo Of The Year competition twice, in 2006 (see winning image) and 2009 (see winning image) , and have been amongst the runners up on two other occasions. I was also most pleased to be placed in British Birds Photo of The Year 2012 with my Swallow flight shot (see image).

Based in Suffolk, and with my partner Amanda, I photograph birds keenly throughout the county and the rest of the UK in search of the perfect bird image. It is a privilege and something I never take for granted. My work is represented through Alamy and also RSPB Images.