Like my photos? I now have my very own website! I will post all my zoo trips here and many more shots than I post on DA... www.kjrwildlifephotography.com**EDIT 07.03.12**
Ok I was going to upload all my New Zealand shots at once but there are 37 of them!
So I'm going to split them up by species, first birds, then seals/sea lions, then dolphins/whales. Then next week I'll carry on with the schedule laid out at the bottom of this journal. Hope you all enjoy them!So What's going on?
I've got my first proper job as a scientist here at the sea mammal research unit!
Against all odds (and they are awfully stacked against you when you are starting out), I have been offered a three year post doctoral job at the University of St Andrews with SMRU! To say I am happy is a huge understatement, this is life changing news for my partner and I. It means we have some security for the next three years (which is very unusual for research scientists early in their careers), we don't have to sell our lovely home and move, my partner can stay in his job that he loves here in Scotland, and I get to keep working with the amazing marine mammals around the coast of Scotland!
I will be working on the Grey Seals on the Isle of May once again, which is great as I love going to that island it is incredible! But I'll be working on a completely different issue to what my PhD was on. I'll be looking basically at how PCBs and other pollutants effect the health and survival of grey seals, both pups and adults. This is important as these pollutants persist in the ocean for a very long time, so they accumulate rather than decrease as time goes on. They effect all life in the seas but really impact on marine mammals as they have so much blubber, and the pollutants are accumulated there.
So yeah that was incredible news, and I can't really believe it! Am so happy, there really are no words ^-^
In other news, we're still trying to plan our wedding in the summer, its so much more work than I could ever have imagined but we're getting there!
Also, I was extremely honoured to be asked to contribute one of my photos of the Hector's dolphins of New Zealand to the magazine for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society for their winter edition. You can see it online here, my photo is on page 17! I had dolphin adoptions and stationary/posters from this organisation while I was a kid, so its amazing to now be taking photos that will hopefully help inspire the next generation of marine mammal scientists ^-^WDC winter 2015 issueThe plan moving forward... Massive New Zealand Photo Dump!
In an attempt to get caught up with my backlog of shots, I will start doing bg uploads of lots of shots at once. I have never done this previously, I prefer to upload at most 5 shots at a time but I dont see any alternative! Here is the schedule:
1. New Zealand 2013 2. Spring 2014 shoots (Keilder Bird of Prey and Highland Wildlife Park)
3. Sarasota, Florida 2014
4. Summer 2014 shoots (New Forest Ponies and Cotswold Wildlife Park)
5. Winter 2014 (Twycross and Colchester Zoo)Comissions - are now closed for the time being
I would just like to simultansously appologise to all the people who commissioned me before I went away from DA and thank them for being so lovely and patient with me all this time. Everyone who has ordered a commission and paid already will still get their picture, and I now only have one person's commission left to complete!To draw List...
The ever amazing
is open once more! I am so excited, and its kind of fitting that I'm currently working on Ciameth
's commission of two of her Windsonde characters. I am woefully out of practice drawing feathered wings though so its taking me a lot longer than I thought, but I really want to do these two characters justice, especially as Ciameth helped teach me so much about gryphon anatomy and drawing wings, and her Valcauroch was the first character I ever drew entirely digitally!
Commission for Ciameth
New size references for Milvus and Victor for Windsonde
Victor's adult reference for Windsonde
Milvus' 5th challenge for Windsonde
Igbo's arrival for Hetherev
(3 parts) II
5x FR doodles
1 FR gift art
A sealy feature of harbour and grey seals (the two native to the UK) to celebrate my new job, ALL THE SEALS OF APPROVAL!
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