Will Nicholls is a young man with a very special talent in the field of wildlife photography and in Will Nicholls Presents, members and guests at Wooler and District Camera Club were able to appreciate his talent close up when he gave an illustrated talk about his work.
Although only 20 years of age, Will has won numerous top awards.
In 2011, he was the overall winner in the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards and in 2009 (aged 14) he was named Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Will has made a speciality of photographing the red squirrels near his home in Haydon Bridge.
Hours of patient waiting in a hide has resulted in some studies that show these beautiful animals at their most alluring whether drinking, chewing on a nut or scampering across the snow.
Will’s interest also extends to bird photography as shown by work done on the Farne Islands.
Some colourful images of puffins with their beaks full of sandeels, pictures of gannets and their chicks on the Bass Rock and black grouse at the leck in Scotland were accompanied by an informative commentary on their biology and useful hints on how to get exceptional pictures.
In Finland he photographed eagles and great grey owls. One particularly spectacular image that he showed was of an owl, talons outstretched, scooping up a food morsel from the snow.
As well as developing his photography skills Will is also currently studying zoology at Exeter University.
Wooler and District Camera Club’s next season will begin on September 3. Watch the website for details.