Photo adventures are chronicled in display
THE latest adventures of wildlife photographers David and Louise Gibbon form the basis of a new exhibition which is on show at The Witham, in Barnard Castle, until the beginning of next month.
Earlier this year, the County Durham couple spent time photographing the mountain hare in the Scottish Highlands.
In January, the pair spent hours lying in arctic conditions in snow and blizzards to capture images of what is Britain’s only arctic species.
Mr Gibbon also travelled to Poland to spend time photographing the majestic white-tailed sea eagle, the fourth largest raptor in the world with a wingspan than can reach up to eight feet.
He said: “I sat in a hide in Poland for 44 hours in February to photograph the eagle.”
In May, David’s image of a puffin on the Farne Islands, which is included in the exhibition, won an award in Croatia.
In July, he headed to Finland, capturing images of brown bears and wolverines.
“To see a wolverine, one of the rarest mammals in Finland, come close to my hide in daylight as I sat in the Boreal Forest was an amazing experience.”
He donned a mosquito suit while spending 14 hours a night in a hide photographing wild bears.
“When a 300kg huge male bear appeared just feet from the hide my adrenaline began to race,” he said.
“At one point the bear looked into the hide and began to sniff the air and it was then I began to feel just a little anxious. Bears have a far more sensitive nose than humans so I know he could smell me. But bears very rarely attack humans so I knew I was relatively safe.”
In August, David attended the Bird Photographer of the Year awards at Rutland.
“As this is an international competition where the very best wildlife photographers from around the world enter, I was really pleased to find out that an arctic tern shot I had taken was a finalist in the awards and it is now in a lavish coffee table book.
“More than 6,000 photographs were entered into the competition so it was a real honour to make it into the book,” said Mr Gibbon.
The exhibition, which runs until Saturday, October 1, covers the past year of their wildlife photography careers.
The couple will be at The Witham every Saturday during the exhibition’s run to meet people and answer any questions.