Nick Bartrum, wildlife photographer, on the look out for barn owls at redgrave and lopham fen, Suffolk.

I have been walking in the wild places of the British Isles for many years, from as far afield as Scotland, to the Derbyshire Dales and the West Country, but the Waveney Valley, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border, has always been my home patch. It is a wildlife rich corridor, a lifeline between acres of patchwork fields and big open factory floor farming.

I have walked the fenland footpaths here for more than twenty five years and enjoyed some mesmerising and enchanting encounters with the wildlife of the valley.

A few years ago, I decided to buy a camera with the aim of trying to capture the wildlife I encountered during my meanders. The challenge of getting close to nature is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and it is addictive.

It is my deep love of nature that keeps me going back. It is always a sanctuary and an inspiration.


Current photography gear:

Canon EOS R5 - I've taken the plunge into the world of mirrorless cameras. The new autofocus system with 100% coverage of the viewfinder, silent shooting at 20fps, IBIS (in body image stabilisation), and a 45 megapixel sensor was too tempting, so I traded in my beloved EOS 5D Mk IV. I've had it just a few days now, and am busy exploring the menu and setting up custom functions and buttons, it already seems on another level from my previous camera, and it's very exciting. I can't wait for the opportunity to really put it through its paces.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II - An old one, but a good one. It's the perfect stand in camera, and with 10fps and the extra reach due to the 1.6 crop factor, it makes it a superb wildlife photography camera.

Canon EF 1.4x III Extender - An extremely useful extra when shooting with my R5 and my 500mm lens, just giving me that extra little bit of reach without compromising image quality.

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens - I'm not a huge macro photographer, but when I do dabble this is often the lens I go to. It's just quality glass through and through.

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Lens - This is such a versatile lens. It can be used for wildlife, macro and landscape photography. Coupled with the 7D II it makes a superb carry round wildlife shooting package.

Canon EF 500mm f4 L IS II USM Lens - My favourite lens. It may be big and a little unwieldy, but for quality results it hits the mark every time. It's pin sharp at f4 and blurs background detail beautifully. This is my lens of choice.

Dream photography gear:

Canon EOS R1 - what's it going to be like I wonder?

Canon EOS R6 - what an amazing back up camera this would be, it's low light performance is meant to be awesome.


Canon EOS 1DX Mark III - Well what wildlife photographer wouldn't want one these? I would love the low light performance, auto focus and speed. Not to mention the smart controller for adjusting the focus points, it must make it so much faster, and as every wildlife photographer knows, quick reactions matter.

Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens - I think this may be my next lens at some point this year, as that extra 100mm reach on a 45 megapixel sensor (Canon R5) will be a real boost. 

Canon EF 600mm f4L IS III Lens - It's lighter than the my 500mm lens with a longer focal length, but it's an eye watering £12,999.00!